The stand-off double coat is a surprisingly easy keeper, but a heavy seasonal shedder
An affectionate, good-natured companion, the Keeshond is outgoing and friendly with people and dogs, following the lead of their owners when welcoming strangers. The breed learns quickly and is energetic. Their stand-off double coat is a surprisingly easy keeper, but are a heavy seasonal shedder.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Keehond is a medium-sized breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular grooming with a brush, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
They follow the lead of their owners when welcoming strangers. The breed learns quickly and is energetic, requiring daily exercise.
The Keeshond is a healthy breed with congenital health issues being few and uncommon. A strong program of health and genetic testing and evaluation among responsible, AKC hobby breeders help to keep this breed sound. Always verify that your breeder has tested the sire and dam of your puppy for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, heritable eye disease and the presence of the PHPT gene before having made any breeding decisions. Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Keeshonden are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Keehond can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.