Once called “Overweight Pomeranians” by British dog shows, the British Kennel Club didn’t call them by their official names until 1916! Pronounced “case-hawnd,” the Keeshond is the national dog of the Netherlands. They are a member of the Nordic Siptz family, bred to ride barges in Amsterdam and is nicknamed the Smiling Dutchman. They have a two-layer coat to protect from water with silver and black markings. The dark patches around their eyes tend to look like a pair of spectacles! Keeshonden (the official plural of Keeshond) are very attentive and intelligent, and ready to do anything asked of them.