The Keeshond - Health

Life Span: 12 to 14 years on the average.

Ideal height:

  • dogs - 46 cms (18 ins)
  • bitches: 43 cms (17 ins)

Keeshond Weight: 40 - 50 lbs (18 - 22kgs)

Keeshond Picture

Most Keeshonden are generally healthy, but there are some known health problems.

  • Hip dysplasia: When the ball joint of the leg does not fit well in the hip socket, it is known as hip dysplasia and it leads to arthritis. To reduce the occurance of the disease, responsible breeders X-ray their dogs to detect hip dysplasia and will not breed dyplastic dogs.
  • Luxating patellas: In this condition, the kneecap pops out of position. Responsible breeders have their dogs checked for luxating patellas and will not breed animals that have them.
  • Allergies: Just like humans, some dogs have allergies to food, insect bites, shampoos, mold, and other allergens. Excessive itching and scratching are the normal signs of an allergy.
  • Hyperparathyroidism (HPT): HPT can cause loose teeth, brittle bones, and kidney damage.
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