|Barked: Thu Feb 21, '13 12:51pm PST |
|Kees are fantastic dogs.....it eludes me entirely why they have never quite "caught." When I was a kid in Manhattan, I naturally assumed they had huge popularity, as so many had them. It was baffling to me as I got older to learn they had a smaller niche.
Two of your questions are problem patches. Yes, they are prone to SA and yes, they can be rather barky. Those two things don't always mix well.
They are more sensitive than many spitz breeds, and so a little more nervous. They require good, devoted socialization when young.
IF so, and here's all the good stuff.....they are more biddable than is spitz typical and more devoted. They live for their people. They are highly social, tend to get along with other animals, and can be quite outgoing and charming. Surprisingly trainable for a spitz and willing to please. They do not have a high prey drive and settle VERY well into apartment and city life. I love them as pets. They need the right person, they need good raising and a devoted owner, but they are darling, perfect size, very charming and affectionate, super bonding, friend to all, always happy. A perky, social and good natured pet.
The breed does have a laundry list of potential problems healthwise....find a dedicated breeder. Some anesthesia sensitivity, thyroid, kidney, heart, Addison's and then the basics. Not unhealthy gotten from a good breeder, but you don't want to mess around on that front.
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