Keeshond

Description:
The Keeshond is a German Spitz and is considered to be very attentive, lively, and incredibly united to its owner. This dog has a grayish wolf colored coat and is distinguished by the "glasses" it has around its eyes, collar and pants. Its ideal height is anywhere from fifty to sixty centimeters. It is a well-balanced dog in personality and it has a very compact body structure. It has a foxy looking expression and has small ears that stick up which is something that makes it stand out as well as the beautiful tail it has which is curled over its back. This dog's head has a wedge shape with a well defined stop. The eyes are almond shaped, are somewhat obliquely positioned and are brown. Its eyes should not look round or bulgy. The ears are triangular, are highly inserted on its head and are straight. The "glasses" it has around it eyes are a requisite for it to be a good Keeshond and its ears should not bend. The body of this dog is compact, it has a straight back; the front legs are straight, and the hind ones have a certain angle to them. It has an abundant coat and its hair should be long, straight and thick.

Ideal owner:
Handsome, pleasing, and is at its best state when it is around its owner, the Keeshond fits into a variety of different life styles whether it be in the city, country or the beach. This dog is a robust mariner that adapts quite easily to different climates despite the profuse amount of hair it has. This dog likes playing and children and other dogs are some of its favorite companions. Its smart and a quick learner, but its strong character requires of a firm but affectionate hand.

Growth:
This dog's birth weight is around 226 to 340 grams. It has short hair when it is born which is almost completely black, although it might have some white spots on its chest and paws. Cutting the dewclaws is optional but suggested. The spots on its shoulders should be noticeable at birth or after a few days and all the white color on its feet should disappear at eight or nine weeks of age. At around eight weeks you should be able to appreciate its plentiful coat and it should have a clear colored under coat, which should be black on the tips of the coat. The clearer colored hair should be visible on its paws, shoulders, tail and crest. The Keeshond changes its coat as it becomes an adult, and the care its coat requires during this growing stage is pretty demanding. At ten months of age it reaches its full height but will continue to gain body substance and its coat will thicken until it is two or three years old. This dog does not normally cause a lot of problems as far as its temperament is concerned, however the owner will need to make sure to have it properly trained and socialized.

General health:
Fortunately this breed is fairly healthy. It can run into health problems but these are usually very exceptional cases in this breed. The most serious health problems that have been observed in this breed are hip dysphasia, epilepsy, and thyroid problems. Hip dysphasia is not frequent, however it is necessary to ask the breeder to provide the future owner with the correct certification. Epilepsy has been seen in the males more than in the females and is a concern for breeders. Thyroid problems might cause its hair to look dull and could cause hair loss, but it can be treated with medications. Renal disease could also occur and it manifests itself with weakness, vomiting, and convulsions. The biggest concern in this breed is skin tumors. The owner will need to make sure to check the dog's skin, especially as it ages. Shedding might become a problem as well as skin irritations and parasites that can be controlled with regular check ups. Veterinarians have informed of dwarfism, Fallot tetralogy (which is a heart defect), Von Willebrand, and diabetes mellitus.

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