Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Keeshond puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Keeshonds, the best dog food diet for feeding Keeshond puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Keeshond dog breed

Keeshond Health Problems and Raising a Keeshond Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Keeshonds:

The most common orthopedic diseases are luxating patella (loose knees), hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 3770 Keeshonds and found 6% dysplastic. Similarly, 7% of 240 elbow X-rays were evaluated as dysplastic.

Epilepsy is a serious concern in Keeshonds, as are several forms of heart disease (patent ductus arteriosus, pulmonic stenosis, valve disease, and septal defects).

Hormonal/endocrine system diseases are somewhat common, including diabetes, Cushing's disease, and hypothyroidism. According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 12% of Keeshonds have low thyroid levels.

Skin problems are common, ranging from allergies to pyoderma to follicular dysplasia to non-tumorous growths (sebaceous cysts).

Keeshonds are affected by several forms of cataracts. Those that appear at 4-5 months old (or later in life, around 6 years old) often progress to blindness. The form of cataracts that appears at 6-24 months old seldom impair vision. Other eye diseases include eyelash abnormalities, glaucoma, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

Cancer (melanoma and others) is an increasing concern in the breed.

Other health issues reported in Keeshonds include blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's) and kidney disease.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Keeshond?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Keeshonds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Keeshond puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Keeshond puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Keeshond puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Keeshond lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Keeshond
The best diet for feeding your Keeshond is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Keeshond. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Keeshond
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Keeshond. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Keeshond puppy really need? Does your adult Keeshond need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Keeshond. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Keeshond. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Keeshond.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.