WHAT ARE KEESHONDS LIKE?
Originally serving as watchdogs for boatmen in Europe, the alertness that characterized their ancestors remains with the Keeshond today. They may bark at strangers but will quickly calm down; it is rare for one to be aggressive with visitors after their owners have welcomed those people. These playful dogs can surprise owners with their quick reflexes and amazing ability to jump fairly high. Even if they are not taught certain things, such as how to open doors, the Keeshond can learn how to do this on their own. As they are naturally obedient, it is easy to train them, especially since they love to please their owners. They have even been successfully taught as guide dogs for the blind, although bigger dog breeds are generally preferred for this role. You may have heard of Tikva, the Keeshond who provided comfort to rescue workers at Ground Zero during 9/11. Highly empathic, these dogs are often chosen by people who need emotional support but who cannot get it from other people; their devotion to their owners is legendary. Families with children also choose the Keeshond for its affection towards kids, though parents of toddlers and younger children will still need to supervise their interactions to ensure the dog does not become too exuberant while playing with them. Breeders recommend that the Keeshond be socialized early, both with humans and with other dogs and animal species, so that they will learn to accept others with ease.