The Keeshond is an active, friendly, playful dog that requires human companionship. Ideally, males should weigh 40-45 lbs. and stand 18" at the shoulder, while females should weigh 30-35 lbs. and stand 17" at the shoulder. The breed is very adaptable, but it is definitely not for everyone. Keeshonden require weekly brushing, although they don't need frequent bathing. A Keeshond left in the backyard is an unhappy dog that is likely to become a nuisance barker. We recommend that people unfamiliar with the breed attend a club meeting or dog show in order to meet reputable breeders and get answers to their questions.