The Keeshond Club & The North of England Keeshond Club both welcome you to KEESHOND HEALTH MATTERS – helping you ‘Kare for your Keesie’.
The Keeshond is a happy, healthy dog; generally enjoying good health with an average lifespan of 13+ years. Three health conditions which can affect the Keeshond are Epilepsy, Primary Hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) and Skin & Coat problems. Research is being done on our behalf by The Animal Health Trust for Epilepsy, PHPT & PRA and Keesies were one of the first breeds to support the AHT’s ‘Give a Dog a Genome Scheme’. Breeders should inform prospective owners of conditions where DNA tests are currently in place and breed only from animals that are tested negative, or are negative by descent for the PHPT gene. In common with most breeds, we are losing genetic diversity and as a numerically small breed, we cannot become complacent. This is why both UK Breed Clubs are advising that all breeding stock is hip & elbow scored and at some point is eye tested. If any visitor to this site has concerns about their Keeshonds health and well-being; they should remember that it is always advisable to first consult their Veterinary Surgeon.