More
    Categories

    Keeshond (Dutch Barge Dog)

    Related Articles

    History & Overview

    Also known as the Dutch Barge Dog, the Smiling Dutchman, the Dutch Keeshond, Wolfspitz and the Chien Loup (France), this is a typical spitz dog, with pointed muzzle, pricked ears, up-curled tail, thick coat, stocky body, and wolf-like coloring. His distrust to strangers and lack of hunting instinct make him the ideal watchdog for home and farm.

    Roles

    As a barge dog, it was a jack-of-all-trades, catching and killing vermin, watching over cargo, guiding barges through the fog and acting as a guard dog. Because of his history as a barge dog, the Keeshond is prepared to accept more confined spaces than many breeds, although it does enjoy being outside.

    Character

    This is a vivacious, outgoing, intelligent and ever alert who enjoys a good bark. He is always attentive, lively and exceptionally devoted to his owner. A full-grown Kees can handle the rough-and-tumble play of children, while a Keeshond puppy may not be a very good idea for a family with young children.

    The breed has very limited hunting or prey instinct and is an ideal candidate for a home with other pets. The Keeshond is very teachable and easy to train. However, consistent training should start at a very early age as this agile and quick-thinking dog with a mind of his own will try and find his way around the house rules.

    Appearance

    The Keeshond has a double coat: long, straight, stand off top coat and short, thick, cotton-wool-like undercoat. He comes in a variety of colors: cream, cream-sable, orange-sable, black and tan and parti-color.

    The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog, a reduced version of its Arctic ancestors, but slightly smaller than the very similar German Wolfspitz from which it is descended.

    Video Credits: Animal Planet, Discovery Channel

    Categories

    Other Topics

    Irish Terrier

    History & Overview The Irish Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds in the world. It was...

    Scent Theory: Special Conditions

    On occasion, handlers will also encounter the following conditions when on a search. Looping Looping...

    Thrips

    The thrips (order Thysanoptera) are tiny insects, generally no more than 1 mm long, distributed worldwide. The order consists of over 5,000...

    Peacock Flower

    Overview The Peacock Flowers (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) are very easy to grow. Five or six corms can be planted...

    Blue Jay

    Overview This handsome, noisy bird is known for its raucous voice and the wide variety of its calls,...