June 18, 2010

Keeshond Puppy And Dog Information

The Keeshond is a dog that can live in an apartment as long as frequent long walks are available. She is fairly active indoors and makes a good watch dog because she generally likes to bark. She is great with older, considerate children and wants to be a part of the family. As reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. She can be fine with other dogs and pets, especially if extensively socialized early. She loves everyone, especially her human family.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Keeshond is 17 to 19 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 35 to 40 pounds. The females range a bit smaller then the males.

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and Keeshond is no exception. Be on the look out for the Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), genetic eye disease, heart defects and skin problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The Keeshond has long, harsh, straight hair standing from a soft, thick undercoat. She sheds the undercoat twice a year, seasonally. She needs to be carefully brushed Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

*Life Span. The Keeshond can live between 13 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The Keeshond comes from the Netherlands where they were probably bred from the Pomeranian, Samoyed, Chow Chow and Elkhound. They were used to guard canal boats. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1930.

Some Registries:
*Keeshond Club of America
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 3 to 8 Keeshond puppies

Category: Non-Sporting

Terms To Describe: Handsome, balanced, sturdy, lively, affectionate, friendly, alert,

Very good with children.
Good watch dog.

Can be very stubborn.
May suffer in heat.
Poor guard dog.
Can be a barker.
May overeat.

*Other Names Known By: Dutch Barge Dog, Wolf Spitz, Chien Loup

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

Mitch Endick

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June 18, 2010

Bloketu @ 10:19 am

Breeding Keeshonds?
I plan on breeding Keeshonds in about 2 years.

Yes,I know thats a long time away, but I want to give myself plenty of time for research and prepare to be a good dog breeder.

I have been reading information on the breed. I am getting ready to read about breeding in general.

Do you know where I can get reliable information? How do I find a good vet? Do you have any personal experances you would be willing to share? Should I get the parents as puppies? If so, How do I find good breeders? How do I know the people buying the puppies will be good pet owners? Allot of the question I asked will probally be in some of the information I will reasearch.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please help.
do they have birth control for dogs?

Gringo @ 10:21 am

I would suggest that you join a local dog club and start learning all there is to learn about dog shows, dog ownership, responsible breeding. Get yourself a quality dog and start showing. When you finish that one get it's champion title), show another. The more you show and finish, the more the 'real' breeders and people knowledgeable about your breed will take you serious and be willing to mentor you. Get one or two great mentors and listen to them. This is just your beginning. Once you have gotten this far, the path before you will be more evident.

The birth control for dogs is us, it's up to us to keep them apart and only allow planned breedings to two wonderful specimans of the breed with compatible and complimentary pedigrees/bloodlines.
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Jennifer T @ 10:23 am

YAY! Someone wants to be responsible! WOOOHOOO!

Ok, now…One good book to have is "Successful Dog Breeding" by Chris Walkowicz and Bonie Wilcox, DVM. The best people to get reliable info from is the people who already love and keep the breed. Try looking for a Yahoo group dedicated to Kees. They will share idiosyncracies of the breed with you. Spend a LOT of time learning aobut the breeders before you trust them. Boy, did I get burned for trusting someone I never met, except for on the 'net! Go to dog shows, and after the classes for kees are over, go to the grooming area and ask people if thet have time to talk. Getting a proven, quality producing b!tch is probably better than a pup as far as my experience. You have to wait for a pup to grow up, and sometimes they never are quite the quality you want. And frequently you can get one already tested for a price that would beat what you would have spent buying, growing, showing, and testing a pup. A quality foundation b!tch is the blessing of any breeder. You can negotiate for stud service of a well matched mate, rather than commit to one dog, which may not be a good mate for your next brood b!tch. You can learn aobut how to select homes from a mentor, which I recommend you contact the national breed club for. I probably could write you a whole book on how to do it right, and would be glad to. Just drop me an e-mail. You will have my support as long as you want to learn, and I have many friends that will help oyu in your self-education. Good luck, and drop me a line if you want.
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Rescuer, vet tech, groomer and show exhibitor of Shetland sheepdogs for 20 years

redneckcowgirlmo @ 10:25 am

If you want to breed, & do it correctly it will take more then 2 years. Attend a dog show & meet Keeshond breeders. Learn the breed standards & everything you can about them in general. Try to find a mentor that breeds Keeshonds. As far as a vet talk to breeders in your area & see who they recommend. You can try akc.org breeder referral, its a start. I got my dogs as puppies & showed them to CH. When you sell puppies , interview the entire family, do a home visit, I even require a reference from their vet (if they already have pets). You must be responsible for every dog you raise, & take it back if their families can't care for them anymore. I got my start from my grandma, she raised AKC Poms for years. She took me to my first dog show & I fell in love with Yorkshire Terriers. I soaked up every bit of information I could get from Yorkie breeders. I also had a mentor , she has always been a great help. I learned a lot by helping her breed & whelp litters of puppies. It has taken me years to get where I'm at today & several thousands $$$$. You won't make money, breeding correctly. I have no regrets, my dogs have brought a lot of joy into my life.
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AKC Breeder

jess q @ 10:27 am

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zappataz @ 10:29 am

If you truly want to become a responsible breeder, I suggest you attend dog shows and talk to Keeshond breeders. Become a student of the breed, live with the breed, learn all you can and then learn some more.
Breeding dogs isn't a decision to be taken lightly. Some things to consider:
1. Breeding responsibly rarely makes a profit, much less a living
2. You should breed only to better the breed: in other words, the resulting offspring should be better than what you started with and have a positive impact on the breed.
3. Are you willing to back up your breeding program with a health contract? Are you willing to be responsible for the puppies for the rest of their lives and take them back for any reason at any stage of their lives, should the buyer have to give it up?
4. Responsible breeders spend years showing and proving their breeding stock, for the LOVE of the breed, not the love of the almighty dollar.
For RELIABLE information, go straight to the Keeshond Club of America…the parent club for the breed.
References :
Keeshond Club of America http://www.keeshond.org
American Kennel Club http://www.akc.org
Experienced dog handler and exhibitor

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