KC Pedigree, Medium

Fluff monster

Not good for first time owners

Just before the French Revolution, the 'Dutch Barge Dog' became the mascot of the Patriot faction in the Netherlands. Prominent party leader Cornelius ('Kees') de Gyselaer owned one and so the breed became known as Kee's dog – or Keeshond.


Attractive to ...

Barge dwellers who love life on the water and the feel of a spitz coat.

Not the best for ...

Those who prefer a quiet life. The Keeshond can be rather vocal and, as a people-loving breed, is not keen to be left alone.


Kees, Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman

Cross between





A bit smaller than a Labrador.

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.


Double trouble!
There she blows. Dense undercoat that could stuff a mattress when you start combing it out.


Fluff monster
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Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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