The Keeshond, often called the ‘Smiling Dutchman,’ but also called the Dutch Barge Dog, is an affectionate and intelligent breed originating from the Netherlands. They are closely related to Siberian Huskies, Samoyed, Pomeranians and various other Spitz-type breeds. They are an old dog breed that was once used by salesmen travelling on the canals in Holland during the 17th and 18th Centuries. They were introduced into England in 1905, and then found their way to America in the 1920s and 30s. However, they are now considered a relatively rare breed.
Keeshonds have a thick, dense, plush coat in grey, black and cream colours with a distinctive silver sheen. They have dark markings around their eyes known as ‘spectacle’ markings. Their luxurious coat requires very regular grooming and they are heavy shedders.
Keeshonds are known for their friendly and alert nature. They are highly adaptable and make great companions for families with older children. Keeshonds are intelligent and respond well to training, and enjoy snuggling up with their humans on the lounge. However, they do have a tendency towards obesity, so regular exercise is necessary to keep them active.
They do not cope well with heat, and will need to be kept inside in the cool during hot weather, and potentially provided with a cooling mat. The Keeshond is far happier in cold weather and becomes lethargic in warmer weather.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.