keeshond

keeshond

[keys-hond, kees-]
noun, plural keeshonden [keys-hon-duhn, kees-] .
one of a Dutch breed of small dogs having thick, silver-gray hair tipped with black and a tail carried over the back.

Origin:
1925–30; < Dutch, probably special use of Kees (shortening of proper name Cornelius) + hond dog; see hound1

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keeshond (ˈkeɪsˌhɒnd, ˈkiːs-)
 
n , pl -honds, -honden
a breed of dog of the spitz type with a shaggy greyish coat and tightly curled tail, originating in Holland
 
[C20: from Dutch, probably from Kees nickname for Cornelis Cornelius, from Latin + hondhound1]

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keeshond

breed of dog long kept on Dutch barges as a guard and companion. Originally a dog kept by working-class people, the keeshond was the symbol of the 18th-century Dutch Patriots Party. It derived its present name from a dog, Kees, belonging to Kees de Gyselaer, the leader of the Patriots. Descended from the same ancestors as the Samoyed, Norwegian elkhound, spitz, and Pomeranian, the keeshond has a foxlike face and a plumed tail carried high over its back. Its long, thick, gray coat consists of a pale undercoat overlaid by black-tipped hairs. Shadings and markings around the eyes give the impression of spectacles. The mature keeshond stands 17 to 18 inches (43 to 46 cm) and weighs 55 to 66 pounds (25 to 30 kg). It is the national dog of The Netherlands.

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