Showsight Presents The Keeshond

I stated before, a correctly built dog can move at any speed. Th is does not mean extended reach and drive. When watching a Keeshond going around the ring, notice its coat. If there is something drastically wrong with his structure, the coat will rock back and forth or bounce up and down. If there’s lots of movement in the coat then be aware that there is something wrong with his struc- ture under the coat. Also, be aware when there’s no fall or length of the coat and a too perfect silhouette. Every Keeshond is

trimmed in some manner. Th is part of the standard, in my opinion, should be removed. But, if you see straight lines or curves were there shouldn’t be, then the coat has been trimmed. Some of us are more talented than others and can “art- fully” trim our Kees, some are not. Some get carried away and trim every hair of the dog. Some say they don’t trim, they strip! I’m just stating that the coat should flow and have a drop. Th ey shouldn’t appear to be a Chow and show no movement in coat when the dog is traveling.

Gait The distinctive gait of the Keeshond is unique to the breed. Dogs should move boldly and keep tails curled over the back. They should move cleanly and briskly; the movement should be straight and sharp with reach and drive between slight to moderate.

Neck The neck should Ee moderately long well shaped and well set on shoulders. The body should Ee compact with a short straight back sloping slightly downward toward the hindTuarters well riEEed Earrel well rounded short in loin Eelly moderately tucked up deep and strong of chest.

BIO Joanne has been handling and breeding dogs for over forty years. Her main breed and who showing,

she is known for is the Keeshond. She has bred over 200 champions and 26 Best In Show Keeshond under the Windrift prefix. AKC has honored her with Non-Sporting Breeder Of Th e Year in 2010 and Breeder Of Merit. Th e Keeshond Club Of America has nominated her for AKC’s Life Time Achievement Award. She holds all the top awards for breeding and showing Kees- hond. She has owned and bred Rottwei- lers, Standard Poodles, Poms, Papillons and Airedales. She presently resides in Santa Rosa, California. Figure A This presents the proper proportions of a Keeshond. This is the side view that you should see in the ring. Note that the legs are right under the dog. The angles of shoulders and hips are balanced. Figure B This presents a Keeshond at the same angle that is exactly the same proportions as )igure $. Notice the full rough on the dog. This should always Ee visiEle. Notice that the legs are right under the dog. The rear legs are N2T extended Eeyond the tail set or the sTuare. Figure C This is an incorrect Keeshond. $s this might Ee pleasing to the eye this is totally incorrect. $s you can see with the overlay of the sTuare this is incorrect. This portrays a straight shouldered over angulated rear. Totally out of balance for a Keeshond. These legs should be inside the square not outside as shown.

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