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Keeshond overview

The Keeshond originated in the Netherlands as a companion on the barges as well as a guard and vermin controller. Although they require firm handling, they make very good watch dogs and companions. They do not like hotter climates and the profuse coat does require very regular grooming. 

Other known names for Keeshond

Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, Chien Loup, Kees, Wolfsspitz

Keeshond foreign names

Chien Loup (French), Deutscher Wolfsspitz (German)


The Netherlands

Breed Group

Utility Group

Biological data

Male: 35-45 lbs
Female: 30-40 lbs
Male: 45.7 cm.
18 inches.
Female: 43.2 cm.
17 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
A mixture of grey and black.
Undercoat very pale gray or cream (not tawny).
All shades of grey acceptable, body hairs black tipped.
Shoulder markings well-defined and all markings definite.
Forelegs and hocks cream with no black below wrist or hock.
Pencilling acceptable.

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Keeshond – Breed standard

The below links are external

Keeshond references and further reading

The Netherlands
Dutch Keeshond Club  
Grijze Keeshond


Keeshond Rescue
The Keeshond Club  
North of England Keeshond Club

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AP-DFECVS - Champion Keeshond
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson