The Keeshond is Arctic or Sub-Arctic in origin, and comes from some of the same bloodlines as the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound and Spitz-type dogs. Originally, Keeshonds were used as watchdogs on small boats on the Rhine River in the Netherlands. The breed was named after the 19th century Dutch patriot, Cornelis (Kees) de Gyselaer, who was the leader of the rebellion against the Dutch dynasty, the House of Orange. The Keeshond became the symbol of the rebels, and once the House of Orange was defeated, the dog also became a rare sight.
Nearly a century later, the breed began popping up again in England and the United States and has remained popular ever since. The Keeshond makes a great family dog, as her playful nature integrates well into any home. They grow very close to their family members and thrive with human interaction. They are intelligent and excel at obedience training. Daily exercise is needed to keep this energetic breed out of trouble, and frequent brushing keeps the Keeshond’s fluffy double coat looking its best.
Though they may be playful, Keeshonds are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Keeshonds are prone to include eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; neurological problems such as epilepsy; hip problems such as hip dysplasia; heart problems such as patent ductus arteriosis (PDA); and chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Keeshond inherits more than just energy and intelligence, you’re covered.