The Keeshond adapts easily to children and other animals such as a dog. They like to be a part of the group and prefer to be in the house with everyone. The Keeshond is actually a great family dog due to their loyalty and need to please. They adapt well with children as long as they are not mistreated. If you are bringing a new puppy in the home, you should have no problems with children and the Keeshond living together.
If you are bringing an older dog into the home, you need to know some facts about the life they have led. If they had a bad experience with children, they may not be suited for a family with children. Every dog and situation is different. The dogs will get older and still they will tolerate children being around as long as they had a good relationship since puppy hood. As long as you keep a watch on the dog and the children when they play together, you should not have any worries about a Keeshond being around children. A dog of any breed, however, should not be placed by a crying baby, they may have sensitivity to the high pitched sound and become upset.
Keeshonds and Other Animals
Keeshonds can and will get along and live with other animals. They do not hold animosity towards anyone or any animal unless they are provoked and that even takes a lot of effort. They are lovable by nature and will adapt to a home with other dogs and cats. There have also been cases where the Keeshond is seen living in a home with ferrets, which is another way to see their gentle side. They are easy going and do not like to fight. They are protectors and like to be included in the pack.
As with other breeds, you might need to take some training classes to provide socialization so the Keeshond does not start showing dominant behavior towards other animals and people. This is an unusual trait for a Keeshond, but you might need to do this if the puppy was not socialized when it was born. You can tell if your new puppy was socialized with humans just by the way they act. If you see signs of shyness or cowering, you need to have some classes that will allow for socialization.
Not all breeders take the time to interact with the puppies and this could result in a scared puppy. You can show them love and affection to help them overcome their fears, but as for other animals, they might need some help with manners and proper ways to act around other animals. This is important for a happy home, especially if you have or plan to have other animals in the house or you plan to visit homes with other animals. A little extra care may be needed, but it will be all worth it since a Keeshond makes a great companion for the entire family.