Keeshonds - Dogs - Pictures

Keeshonds - Dogs - History

Keeshonden, also known as Dutch Barge Dogs, Wolf Spitzs, or Keeshond dogs, are the members of the Northern Spitz family. It is believed that the Spitz dogs came from wolves or dogs lacking hunting instincts, which stayed around the camps scavenging and protecting from wild wolves and dogs. Keeshonden are considered to be the national dogs of Holland, but the breed was developed in England. Wolfspitz dogs have been used in the breeding of Keeshonden.

These dogs became politically popular after the French Revolution as the mascots of the Patriot Party led by Kees (Cornelius de Gyselaer). When the party was defeated, Keeshonden also lost favor. Keeshond dogs remained only among the farmers as companion dogs, guard dogs, and ratters. Seamen used to take them into the sea for rodent hunting. In the 1920s, the interest towards the breed revived, and Keeshonden were introduced to the UK and North America. In 1930s the AKC registered the Keeshond dog as a separate breed.

Keeshonds - Dogs - Grooming

The coat of Keeshonden insulates against cold, hot, and wet weather and needs little care. It doesn't mat. And, dirt is quickly shaken or brushed off. Another peculiarity of this coat is that it doesn't have a doggy odor and requires seldom bathing. One brushing in 2-3 weeks is sufficient grooming. Keeshond dogs shed once a year; the loose undercoat of Keeshonden can be easily removed with a wide-toothed metal comb.

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