Keeshonds are amongst a group of breeds classed as ‘Category Two’ by The Kennel Club. These are breeds of dog that have been highlighted as having ‘points of concern’ – visible features which, if exaggerated, might potentially affect the breed in the future and cause health and welfare concerns.

Keeshonds are a member of the ‘Utility’ breed group. Dogs in the Utility group were essentially bred for a specific purpose and so contain a variety of breeds. The function they have been bred for is not included in the sporting and working categories.

Affectionate and loving, Keeshonds make excellent family pets. They’ll also get along happily with other pets in the household. Grooming is a daily requirement to keep their thick double coat in good condition.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Keeshonds are prone to include:

  • Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.
  • Epilepsy – a brain disorder which can lead to seizures.
  • Luxating patellas – the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place.

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:

Keeshonds are energetic and playful and are always keen to join in on games and adventure! They need up to an hour of exercise per day to keep them mentally and physically fit. They respond well to training if given time and patience. To find out more about socialisation and training your dog using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Keeshond are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Keeshond with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Keeshonds that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Keeshond with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 12-14 years
Size Medium
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Hip dysplasia, Epilepsy, Luxating patellas (the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place)
Average price £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight Male: Around 20kg. Female: Around 16kg
Breed group Utility
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure if the Keeshond is the right pet for you?