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Training &Temperament

Keeshonden are quick and eager to learn, and they remember their experiences. This makes it very important that their ʺlessonsʺ are happy experiences for them, and that good habits are learned right from the start. Only a few brief sessions are needed for leash training if owners make it fun for the dog and follow a routine. Before beginning, the dog should be completely accustomed to wearing a collar - the lightest weight, rounded leather collar obtainable. Begin leash training using small bits of food to encourage the puppy to walk with you. Should the puppy start to go away from you, Go along so that there is no frightening pressure on the neck that will lead to a struggle. With praise, the puppy will soon be ready to join you on an outdoor walk. Basic obedience training for all dogs is strongly recommended. Look for obedience classes in your area which teach you how to teach your dog. Also consider participating in agility training and competitions with your Keeshond. They excel in this performance event, and both you and your dog will enjoy many wonderful outings.

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Did You Know?

The plural of Keeshond is Keeshonden.

It took a national political turnover in Holland to bring the Keeshond to wide attention in the latter part of the 18th century. Holland was split between the partisans of the Prince of Orange and the Patriots, and the Patriots (principally the bourgeoisie) were led by Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees. Kees gave the Keeshond breed its name and became the symbol of the Patriots.

The Keeshond, due to its political affiliations, was featured in countless pictures and cartoons that were attached to Dutch political strife.

The origin of the Keeshond is Arctic or possibly sub-Arctic.

Before its political ties, the Keeshond was mainly a barge dog, serving on numerous vessels on the Rhine.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Silver 016
Gray & Black 101
Gray Cream & Black 321
Gray Silver & Black 108
Silver & Black 177
Wolfgray & Black 228
Black 007
Gray 100
Silver 176
Tawny 198
White 199
Wolfgray 227


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code