Keeshond, Oscar: Mutt Monday

I love dogs in the “Working Class” of the American Kennel Club.

Each “Working Class” dog breed has been raised for a specific purpose. Perhaps my love of these dogs comes from my love of work. I must have projects. I look forward to tackling challenges the way some people look forward to gossip.

Working dogs love doing their jobs. Some have been raised for retrieving on land or in water. Some have been raised as canine assistants for people blind or confined to wheelchairs. Recently a new type of working dog helps protect people who suffer from seizures. I am not tackling the whole spectrum of working dogs today.

Keeshonds as a breed earned the nickname, Smiling Dutchmen.

Well-known as watchdogs, many still live on Dutch barges with their families. For hundreds of years, keeshonds did excellent jobs of alerting their human families to people approaching. These dogs have never been bred to attack or to fight.

Somethin' Like a Cracker known as Nabisco
Nabisco happily accepted all hugs.

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Just the opposite, keeshonds are highly affectionate. Sweet tempered, patient and playful with children, keeshonds make wonderful family dogs. I know I have raised two of these upbeat and empathic dogs.

No, I did not buy them as puppies. Both Dawn and Nabisco came to us as one-year-olds, having lost their first three homes. I still find it shocking.

How could such wonderful dogs risk losing their lives in animal shelters?

They both lived, thanks to ethical breeders. But that is the subject of other posts.

Keeshonds make excellent family dogs. They adore living as companions. Be sure to spend time with a dog before you adopt as some love to bark. My dogs never became obsessive barkers. Working dogs need work, read Why Dogs Love People Who Click.

Keeshonds need about 30 to 45 minutes of exercise a day. They adore learning new tricks and tend to live healthy lives. In the USA, this breed did not fall into the hands of backyard breeders. Nor did they become fashionable due to movies or shown off as celebrity pets.

In California, keeshonds benefit from quick and steady efforts of dog rescue efforts.

Adopt a Keeshond

Oscar waiting at BARK rescue.

Gentle Oscar gets on well with dogs and cats. He loves to cuddle.  Oscar waits for someone special in northern California to adopt him.

Learn more about this handsome dog.

BARK, Bay Area Rescue Keeshonden has a southern California sister. Note these do not adopt out of state.

Please share Oscar on Facebook, Twitter, etc. because together

we can get him a forever family.

Thanks so much, Deborah Taylor-French

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