Keeshond - Pom on Steroids
I met this beautiful Keeshond at the Harrisonburg, Va all breed dog show on 8 June 2008. Isn't he magnificent!
The Keeshond (plural Keeshonden) is a member of the spitz group of dogs that developed in northern climates and is related to the Samoyed, the Norwegian Elkhound, the Chow Chow, the Finnish Spitz, and its closest relative, the Pomeranian. For perhaps hundreds of years, the Kees served as a watchdog and rat killer on small boats that plied the Rhine River in its native Holland and as watchdogs and companions on farms and vineyards.