Keeshond Dog Breed

Males – 18 inches at the withers, Females – 17 inches at the withers
Males – 40 pounds, Females – 35 pounds
Long, straight, harsh
A mixture of gray, black and cream
Conformation, Obedience, Agility

Outgoing and hardy, the Keeshond is a native of Holland, and hails from the same stock as Pomeranians and Samoyeds.


Lively and full of personality, the Keeshonds are outgoing and friendly, and also excellent watchdogs.

These energetic dogs should be exercised daily.


The Keeshond is a Non-Sporting breed. He is also a Spitz-type northern breed, characterized by an abundant, fluffy coat, plumed tail and a foxlike face with pointed ears.

His face is distinguished by markings that resemble spectacles.


12 to 15 years


The Keeshond’s luxurious coat is a mixture of black and another color, ranging from cream to gray to silver.


The Keeshond is a breed that sheds occasionally, but weekly brushing with a pin brush will help keep his undercoat from shedding. A bath and blow dry every four to six weeks will keep his coat in top shape.


Keeshonds are generally healthy, active dogs. Responsible breeders check their breeding stock for hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye diseases and primary hyperparathyroidism.

Best Dog Food for Keeshond Dogs & Puppies

Keeshonds may benefit from a quality adult dog food. For Keeshonds who need help with weight management, consider a healthy weight formula.

Keeshond puppies should eat puppy food for their first year of life to aid in their growth and development.


Keeshonds are known for their outgoing personalities, but initially these sturdy yet surefooted dogs were prized as guards and companions on the Dutch barges that travelled the canals of the Low Countries.

In the late 1700s this breed’s connection with Holland and its people became political when the Keeshond became the symbol of the Dutch Patriots Party, opponents of the royal House of Orange.

This political link might be the origin of the Keeshond name. It is said that the breed was named for the Dutch Patriots Party leader Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees.


  • Originally bred to be a barge dog and companion, the Keeshond is a descendant of Arctic breeds such as the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz, and Pomeranian.
  • The plural of Keeshond is Keeshonden.