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A Dog of the People

12/06/2013

This week’s Klip Joint Dog of the Week is our very own Princess, a gentle Keeshond. We adopted her from a neighbor who was moving into an apartment that didn’t allow dogs. She was originally an outdoor dog, but she has quickly adapted to being in the shop with us.

The Keeshond has an arctic origin. In the eighteenth century the Keeshond was known as “a dog of the people.” In its veins runs the blood of the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, and Pomeranian. At the beginning of the French Revolution, it became the symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party, led by the patriot Kees de Gyselaer. Gyselaer owned a dog named Kees, which gave the breed its name. The breed then suffered a long period of neglect. They were first introduced into the UK by Mrs. Wingfield-Digby and did not become popular again until 1920, when it arrived in the US. It became known as the Dutch Barge Dog, as it worked as a watch and guard dog on riverboats, barges and on farms. The Keeshond was recognized by the AKC in 1930.

Grooming is not as troublesome as you might expect, but daily brushing of the long coat with a stiff bristle brush is important. Brush with the grain first, then lift the hair with a comb, against the grain, and lay it back in place. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. The dense undercoat is shed heavily twice a year in spring and fall, so be ready to do some extra combing to keep the “fuzz” under control.

Whether your dog has long or short hair, we can keep them looking as lovely as a Princess at Klip Joint Dog Grooming.

Princess the Keeshond

Princess is a Keeshond

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/06/2013 11:10 am

    I had a Keeshond named Mojo…he was an amazing friend and companion, and so smart. I miss him.

  2. 12/11/2013 11:06 am

    Wooowoooo my fellow Spitz family snow pup!

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