Keeshonds are one of the most popular guard dogs in the world. They have been used since ancient times as guards, but they have become so popular that there are now many breeds of them. These guard dog breeds include: American Pit Bull Terriers (or just pit bulls), Alaskan Malamutes, Beagles, Bloodhounds, Belgian Sheepdogs, Chow Chows and Doberman Pinschers. All these breeds share certain characteristics, which make them suitable for guarding purposes.
The keeshond is one of the smallest guard dog breeds. Their body length measures only about 16 inches or 40 cm. However, their height ranges from 14 to 17 inches (35 -40 cm). The keeshond’s weight varies between 30 and 35 pounds (13 – 15 kg) and they weigh between 12 and 13 ounces (30 – 33 grams).
They are medium sized dogs with short legs and long bodies. They have thick fur all over their bodies except for their underbelly fur. Their ears are small and pointed, while their noses are large and flat. They do not grow any facial hair, although some males may sport a few sparse hairs around the muzzle.
Some keeshonds have white markings on their chests and backs, while others don’t show any markings at all.
The keeshond comes in a variety of colors, such as gray, black, silver, sand, red and so on. They also have markings, which can range from black masks to entire white coats. The markings on their ears, nose, paws and tail are the same color as their bodies.
Keeshonds are friendly dogs that do not respond too well to harshness. They are easy to train if they are trained with kindness. They are not aggressive dogs and they do not respond well to violent behavior of any sort. They are intelligent dogs and can learn things quickly, but only if they are trained in a positive way.
If you train them using violent methods, they will simply become afraid of you and will not learn anything.
Keeshonds are very playful dogs and enjoy spending their free time playing with their owners. They are very affectionate with their owners and crave human company. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time and become destructive when neglected. These dogs are very friendly to strangers and make excellent watchdogs.
Keeshonds love playing in the snow and often get excited when it starts snowing. These dogs display very unique traits while playing in the snow. For instance, they are able to jump very high even though they have short legs. They love rolling around in the snow and will often do this for fun.
These dogs can live both in apartments and houses. They are suitable for city life as well as country living. It is very important that they get enough exercise, however, or they will become bored and start finding trouble to get into, like digging up plants or tearing up furniture. They are not the best guard dogs, simply because they are too friendly.
In fact, a burglar could easily befriend a Keeshond and persuade it to let him in!
Keeshonds became popular in Holland in the 1800’s. They were bred by cattle herders to help them with their work. The Keeshond was also used by the Dutch as a circus dog and even starred alongside the famous clown, Hans Dunham. Today, the Keeshond is still popular in Holland and is considered a national dog.
The Keeshond can suffer from a number of health problems. Some of them are hip dysplasia, hepatitis, gastric torsion, PRA, cataracts, ear infections and eyelid problems.
Most of the health problems that the Keeshond suffers from are genetic in nature. By getting your Keeshond tested you will be able to tell whether it suffers from any of the diseases or not. If it does then it is important that you get it treated as soon as possible. You should also make sure you buy health insurance for your dog, as treatment can get very expensive.
It is important the you get your Keeshond puppy from a respectable and reliable breeder. You will need to see the conditions of the dogs and their mothers before you make up your mind. The dogs should all look healthy and the puppies should be lively.
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