The breed was formerly known as the German Spitz, but its name was changed to the Keeshond in 1926. This breed originates from Holland. This breed has a sturdy build. Their pointed ears sit on top of their wedge-shaped head. The tail on this breed is tightly curled. They have a keen jumping ability, and this breed is very playful. Owners should be mindful of what they teach them, because they are quick learners and easy to train. They can serve as blind dogs, but because of their small size, they are often overlooked for this role. They have a distinctive bark, which is why they made great watch dogs in the Netherlands. Their bark was very loud, and it would alert their owners of an unfamiliar passerby or visitor. Their bark can be a problem with neighbors, so it is best to train this breed on how to control their barking. To minimize their barking, owners should not keep their dogs in a fenced yard with limited human contact. They prefer to be with their owners and around people.