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Group: Non Sporting (Group 7)
Club: Keeshond Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Lyn Rawlings
Phone: 0478 162 886

Brief History

The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog with a plush, two-layer coat of silver and black with a ruff and a curled tail. They originated in Holland. The Keeshond was previously known as the Dutch Barge Dog, as he was frequently seen on barges traveling the canals and rivers of The Netherlands. 

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The average life span is 12 to 16years.


Bold, alert, friendly with a marked guarding tendency.

General Breed Description

The Keeshond is sturdy, intelligent and adaptable, an ideal companion, a good guard, and bold. He has a short, compact body and confident carriage. He has a fox-like head with small pointed ears, alert expression, large ruff and a well feathered tail curled over back. There is clear differentiation in size between the sexes, with males obviously masculine but never coarse. The females are feminine but without weakness of structure. Colour is a mixture of grey and black. The undercoat is very pale grey or cream (not tawny). All shades of grey are acceptable and the body hairs are black tipped. 

Coat and Care requirements

The Keeshond with his silver grey and black coat has two layers; a dense undercoat and an outer harsh coat of long straight guard hair.  The undercoat is typically shed once a year for males and females twice a year, unless they have been desexed The double coat of the Keeshond does not require as much attention as other coated breeds, but nevertheless does require regular grooming at least 2 to 3 times a week. It is important to groom a puppy from an early age, so they learn to accept and enjoy all of the attention.


Height: Male 46cms (18ins), Females 43cms (17ins)


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders in is recommended you enquire about breed health and what health testing the breeder does. The Keeshond is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, primary hyperparathyroidism, and skin and coat problems. 


Very suitable for families.  They will go out exercising, revel in long walks and be perfectly content to relax with you, being of an eminently homely disposition and able to cope with limited exercise.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:


Registered Breeders

  • Prefix: Contact the Keeshond Club of Victoria
    Breeder: Lyn Rawlings
    Phone: 0478 162 886