The Keeshond (Keeshonden) breed comes from Arctic stock with traces of Samoyed, Chow Chow and Pomeranian.
Keeshonden are small dogs covered in long, thick coats with manes around the neck, looking a little like their ancestor the Samoyed. Their wedge-shaped heads have medium-length muzzles and erect, triangle-shaped ears. They have dark, chestnut eyes with thin rims that look like glasses, and their long, straight coats—always looking newly blow-dried—usually come in mixed patterns of gray, black and white. Overall, Keeshonden have an alert and eager posture.
A healthy Keeshond can live as long as 15 years.
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Ventricular septal defect
- Ehler-Danlos syndrome
- Hormone-responsive dermatosis
- Diabetes mellitus