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Breed Standards for the Keeshond

 

 

General  Appearance:

A square-proportioned, sturdy dog

 

 

Head:

Almond-shaped eyes; Distinctive spectacles add to alert expression; Wedge-shaped skull when viewed from above; Small, high-set, triangular ears carried erect

 

 

Tail:

Tightly curled over back, lying flat and close to body

 

 

Color:

Mixture of gray, black, and cream

 

 

Size:

Weight:  male: about 45 lb;  female: about 35 lb

Height:   male: 18”;  female: 17”

 

 

Gait:

Distinctive, clean, bold and brisk, with only slight to moderate reach and drive

 

 

Coat:

A long straight harsh outer coat standing off from its body, a good mane, and a thick downy undercoat

 

 

Temperament:

Fairly energetic and playful, very attentive and loving and ready for adventure yet content to take it easy


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