They love children and are excellent family dogs, preferring to be close to their humans whenever possible. They are known by their loud distinctive bark. Throughout the centuries, the Keeshond has been very popular as a watch dog on barges on canals in the Netherlands and middle Europe. This trait is evident to this day, and they are alert dogs that warn their owners of any new visitors. Although loud and alert, Keeshonden are not aggressive towards visitors. They generally welcome visitors affectionately once their family has accepted them. Unfortunately, barking may become a problem if not properly handled. Keeshonden that are kept in a yard, and not allowed to be with their humans, are unhappy and often become nuisance barkers.
Many behavioral problems with Keeshonden stem from these intelligent dogs inventing their own activities (often destructive ones, like digging and chewing) out of boredom. They need daily contact with their owners and lots of activity to remain happy. The Keeshonden does not live happily alone in a kennel or backyard.
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
Keeshond Club of NSW – http://www.keeshondclubnsw.com.au/
Keeshond Club of South Australia – http://www.geocities.ws/keeshond_club_of_sa/
Keeshond Club of Canada – http://www.keeshondcanada.com/
Keeshond Club of Finland – http://www.suomenkeeshond.fi/
Nederlandse Keeshonden Club – http://www.keeshondenclub.nl/
Keeshond Club of Norway – http://www.keeshondklubben.no/
Keeshond Club of Sweden – http://www.keeshondringen.se/
Keeshond Club – http://www.keeshondclub.org.uk
North of England Keeshond Club – http://www.north-of-england-keeshond-club.co.uk
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Keeshond Club of America – http://www.keeshond.org/
Keeshond Club of Southern California – http://www.socalkees.org/
Keeshond Club of Delaware Valley – http://www.keeshondclubofdelawarevalley.net/
California Sierra Keeshond Club – http://www.sierrakeeshondclub.org/
BREED CLUB LISTING
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