Frequently Asked Questions

Question: My puppy “digs” in his water bowl. Is this normal? Will he grow out of it?

Answer: It’s funny, but many Keeshond puppies enjoy digging their front paws in their water bowl to see how much water they can remove from their bowl. Fortunately, they do grow out of this.

Question: It is really difficult to keep my Keeshond puppy’s fur groomed. Any advice?

Answer: Grooming can be a special bonding time. Consider this your special one-on-one with your puppy. Keeshond puppy fur has a rather cotton consistency, which can appear messy ten minutes after brushing. Be that as it may, it is vitally important that puppies get used to having their coats brushed. This is a good habit to create, which will follow them throughout their adult years and keep their coats healthy. Make grooming a positive bonding experience for you and your puppy - lots of love and hugs and maybe a few little treats might help.

Question: How is Keeshond puppy fur different from adult fur? How and when does a puppy’s coat change? When will the coat get its final length and color?

Answer: Keeshond puppy fur has a fine, cotton-like texture, which (as mentioned above) is tough to keep groomed. Your puppy will “blow” his undercoat for the first time sometime after he is a year old. Adult coat is much coarser and easier to groom, with long straight hair plus a downy undercoat. Some dogs will have something close to their adult coat as early as a year and a half. Other dogs may take over two years to get their full adult coat and coloring.

Question: When I try to brush my puppy or trim toenails, he squirms and wiggles. What should I do?

Answer: Repetition and reinforcement in short exercises are the key. Start out with the shortest amount of time to guarantee success. Increase time increments as your puppy starts to comprehend what you want. Use constant praise for positive behavior and be firm and clear in your corrections. Always leave your training on a positive note so your dog remembers the positive.

Question: How young should I start my Keeshond puppy in a training class?

Answer: Start young. Check with your local dog trainers. Some will take very young puppies and some won’t. Also, there are a lot of good practices you can do alone at home with lots of positive reinforcement and repetition. “Stay” and “come” are two commands to learn early, which can keep your dog safe and maybe even save their life one day.

Question: I yell at my Keeshond puppy when he gets into trouble, but it doesn’t seem to do any good. Do you have any advice on how to get him to behave?

Answer: Keeshonds are known for their happy-go-lucky natures, which is part of the reason we love this breed so much. They are so good-natured, it is difficult for them to comprehend you could be as serious as you sound. Also, puppies in general have an incredibly short attention span. Our suggestion is to be consistent and quick in your corrections, and reward positive behavior. Repetition and reward are key.

Question: Should I shave my Keeshond during the hot summer weather?

Answer: The Keeshond coat acts as insulation so it is generally not advisable to shave a Keeshond. If there is a medical reason to shave your dog, maintain the Keeshond mane in the form of a “lion’s cut” if you can. A Keeshond without their mane may become depressed and humiliated, so avoid this please!

Question: I usually keep my bitch in my backyard during the day while I’m at work. It has a six-foot high fence all around it. Will that keep out male dogs when she is in season? What precautions should I take?

Answer: There have been cases where females have become inseminated through chain link fences and it is not uncommon for many breeds of dogs to climb or even jump over a six-foot fence. So, no, a six-foot fence will not guarantee keeping male dogs out when a bitch is in season. It would be safer to keep her indoors while you are at work so she is protected.

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