German Spitz/ Keeshond
- Judges-L Online Presentation of the Keeshond by Shirley Uphouse
- Short Australian Keeshond History
- 1956 AKC Gazette - Breed Column
- Canine Chronicle: Breed priorities - The Keeshond
- Keeshond World (Magazine)
- The Keeshond Archives: The story of the keeshond in Britain
- AKC: Keeshond Club Of America collection (check with AKC for availability)
The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog with a plush, two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and a curled tail. It originated in Holland, and its closest relatives are the German spitzes such as the Großspitz, Mittelspitz, and Kleinspitz or Pomeranian.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Nederlandse Keeshonden Club:
Illustrated Standard Keeshond Club of America:
An Illustrated Guide to the Keeshond
Other Names for Breed
Dutch Barge Dogs
"The Smiling Dutchman"
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Netherlands
Parent Breed Club: Nederlandse Keeshonden Club
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed. Three of the major international standards are:
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Swedish Insurance Data Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Koiranet: Wolfspitz (Keeshond)
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Finland: JTO 2018-2022 (Koiranet)
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Canine epilepsy: a genetic counselling programme for keeshonds (1996)
Hall, SJG., Wallace, ME.(1996) Canine epilepsy: a genetic counselling programme for keeshonds. Veterinary Record 138, 358-360.
Download the full publication as PDF
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Netherlands: Nederlandse Keeshonden Club
Verein für Deutsche Spitze e.V.: (EN)
Deutsche Club für Nordische Hunde e.V.
Spitz Nothilfe e.V.
Finland: Suomen Keeshond ry
Norway: Keeshondklubben Norge
Belgium: Deutscher Spitz Club of Belgium
US: Keeshond Club of America
UK: The Keeshond Club
North of England Keeshond Club
Austria: Österreichischer Klub für Spitze und Spitzarten
Canada: The Keeshond Club of Canada
There are no comments to display.
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.