Keeshond 2024 Calendar
Keeshond 2024 Wall Calendar
Keeshond Art Print
About the Keeshonden
Keeshond calendars are a delightful choice for dog
enthusiasts who adore this energetic and friendly breed.
These calendars feature a collection of captivating
photographs or charming illustrations of Keeshonden,
showcasing their unique characteristics and playful nature.
The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog breed known for its
distinctive appearance and friendly nature. Originating in
the Netherlands, the Keeshond belongs to the Spitz family of
breeds and shares similarities with other Northern European
breeds like the Samoyed and Norwegian Elkhound.
Keeshonden have a well-balanced and sturdy build, with a
dense double coat that consists of a thick, harsh outer coat
and a soft, downy undercoat. Their fur forms a distinctive
"mane" around their neck and a plumed tail that curls
tightly over their back. The breed's coat comes in various
shades of gray, black, and cream, often with characteristic
markings on the face resembling spectacles.
With their friendly and affectionate nature, Keeshonden
make excellent family companions and are known for being
great with children. They are intelligent, eager to please,
and generally quick learners, which makes training them
relatively easy. Keeshonden thrive on human companionship
and enjoy being involved in family activities.
While they are social and good-natured, Keeshonden also
serve as alert and reliable watchdogs. They tend to be vocal
and will often bark to alert their owners of any potential
intruders or unusual occurrences. Regular exercise and
mental stimulation are important for this breed to prevent
boredom and maintain their overall well-being.
summary, Keeshonden are friendly, intelligent, and loyal
dogs that make wonderful family pets. Their striking
appearance, coupled with their amiable temperament,
contributes to their popularity as both companions and show
Symbol of the Dutch Patriot Movement:
During the late 18th century, the Keeshond became a symbol
of the Dutch Patriot Movement, which aimed to achieve
political and social reforms in the Netherlands. The
Keeshond, named after the Dutch political leader Cornelis (Kees)
de Gyselaer, became a popular choice among the Patriots, who
wore orange ribbons and carried Keeshonden as a symbol of
their cause. Today, the Keeshond is still affectionately
known as the "Dutch Barge Dog" or the "Smiling Dutchman."
Excellent "smiling" expression: Keeshonden have a distinct
facial expression that gives them the appearance of smiling.
Their almond-shaped eyes, combined with the dark markings
that extend from their eyes to their muzzle, create the
illusion of a perpetual smile. This charming feature adds to
the breed's friendly and approachable demeanor, making them
even more endearing to their owners and admirers.
"Barking boatsmen": Keeshonden have a tendency to be vocal
and are known for their distinctive bark. In their history
as "barking boatsmen," they would alert their owners on
river barges and boats to any potential dangers or strangers
approaching. This trait has persisted, and Keeshonden today
often express themselves through their vocalizations, making
them effective watchdogs and guardians.
Keeshond's double coat serves as protection against harsh
weather conditions. While their fur is beautiful and fluffy,
it does require regular grooming to keep it in good
condition. Keeshonden shed moderately throughout the year
and have two heavy shedding seasons, known as "blowing
coat," during which they shed their undercoat. Regular
brushing helps to manage shedding and keep their coat
healthy and free from mats.