Great Keeshees

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65-95 lbs
22-27"
Unknown
Great Pyrenees
Keeshond

The Great Keeshees is a larger-sized hybrid, a cross between a large, white dog that has served as the guardian of sheep for thousands of years, the Great Pyrenees, and the Keeshond breed, a friendly and clever spitz type dog from Holland that is closely related to the German Wolfspitz. Their long double coat is relatively easy to care for, and although it does require some heavy duty brushing a few times a week, the requirement for bathing is rare. They are generally too large and too active of an animal to live comfortably in an apartment- type environment, however, these dogs are excellent companions for children, and are generally tolerant of other animals.

Purpose
Companion animal, guard dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Great Pyrenees and Keeshond

Great Keeshees Health

Average Size
Male Great Keeshees size stats
Height: 25-30 inches Weight: 75-105 lbs
Female Great Keeshees size stats
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 65-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cardiovascular Concerns
Minor Concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
Occasional Tests
  • MRI
  • Eye Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Neurological Examination
  • Blood Sugar Testing

Great Keeshees Breed History

The Great Keeshees is a designer dog, the intentional cross between the friendly and energetic spitz-type dog known as the Keeshond and the Great Pyrenees, a large and protective shepherding breed. The Great Pyrenees is known as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog in the UK and Europe because they have been herding sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains for about three thousand years. Where they came from before they settled in the mountains is not well documented, although it is thought that they originated ten to eleven thousand years ago. The Great Pyrenes worked at guarding of property and as jailer’s dogs. In the 1600s, Dauphin Louis XIV dubbed this breed the Royal Dog of France, and they were instrumental in the development of both the modern Newfoundland and Landseer breeds. The Keeshond has also been around quite a while, though not quite as long as the Great Pyrenees. As far back as the 1400s and 1500s they were prized on farms for their gentle and entertaining manner with children as well as their herding skill watchdog instincts. In the 1600s and 1700s their role in society expanded and although many still guarded farms, they were also employed as barge and river dogs where they killed vermin, helped guide cargo, and even sometimes jumped in the water to guide the boats themselves.

Great Keeshees Breed Appearance

The Great Keeshees is typically a large dog with a fairly square silhouette, although they are generally somewhat smaller than the Great Pyrenees. There can be quite a bit of variation from there, as the two dogs are quite different in structure, the head of the Great Pyrenees is somewhat large and square, as is the muzzle, though not generally to the point of being heavy and sports medium length ears that fold forward; the Keeshond tends to have a smaller head, however, with a more delicate, fox-like structure and small triangular ears that stand upright. The tail of both breeds end in a shepherds crook and may curl over completely when they are excited, and while this canine will certainly have an abundant double coat of hair, there can be large differences in the look and feel of the fur as well as in in the coloration. If the Great Keeshees takes after the Pyrenees side of their ancestry, their long, thick outer coat will lay flat against their body, however, those that resemble the Keeshond will have a harsh, rough coat that stands out from the body, although both breeds tend to sport a more profuse mane around the neck area.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Great Keeshees eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Great Keeshees nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Great Keeshees coat
White
silver Great Keeshees coat
Silver
gray Great Keeshees coat
Gray
cream Great Keeshees coat
Cream
black Great Keeshees coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Great Keeshees curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Great Keeshees Breed Maintenance

Although the long, thick coat of the Great Keeshees looks like it would take a great deal of work, it is actually fairly simple to care for. Both dogs have coats that are somewhat dirt and water resistant and neither should be bathed too often as it can result in a depletion of the body oils needed to maintain the suppleness and shine of both the skin and the coat. Although daily brushing may result in the ends of the hair breaking off, it is needed at least three or four times a week to prevent tangling and matting. It is particularly important to ensure you are getting the entire depth of the undercoat brushed, as severe mats in this area can cause damage to the underlying skin.

Brushes for Great Keeshees
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Great Keeshees requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Great Keeshees Temperament

Hybrid dogs can take personality traits from either parent breed, so there can be some variation in the temperament of the Great Keeshees dog. The Keeshond is very people oriented and craves attention while the Great Pyrenees tends to more independent and aloof, though both need early socialization to prevent timid, aloof, or sometimes aggressive behavior, and neither respond well to harsh training techniques. Both dogs are quite intelligent, although the Great Pyrenees can be rather strong-willed, reacting with stubbornness if treated harshly, and the Keeshond tends to be a bit mischievous. Harsh training methods tend to result in manipulative and destructive behaviors. Properly socialized, the Great Keeshees should be extremely tolerant of children and smaller animals in their family, and most will be tolerant of others as well, although the guardian heritage of the Pyrenees can occasionally result in overprotective behaviors. In most cases, the Great Keeshees will be friendlier and more outgoing than the Great Pyrenees, less timid and more protective than the Keeshond, and with an intelligence that can be both cooperative and independent.

Great Keeshees Activity Requirements

Although the Keeshond is quite energetic, neither parent breed is particularly active, and the Great Keeshees will generally be quite content with just 40 to 60 minutes of activity a day. Although this dog will certainly enjoy either brisk or leisurely walks with you, they will also benefit from the inclusion of alternate activities, particularly those that engage the mind. The Great Keeshees may enjoy and excel at activities like cart pulling, agility training, and freestyle dog dancing. Although they do not need a great deal of exercise, mental stimulation and family inclusion are essential to a well balanced, self-confident, and stable animal, and too much time bored or alone may result in relentlessly vocal or destructive behaviors.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Great Keeshees Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Great Keeshees Owner Experiences

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