Understanding the birth to the first six months of your Keeshond life is important in understanding the breed and their development. As you can imagine from looking at a full-grown Keeshond, they are very small when they are first born.
Birth to Four Weeks Old
The Keeshond is born weighing in at only about two hundred and fifty grams. They are so tiny, they can fit in the palm of your hand and have a smooth silky coat. They resemble little rats with long straight tails. They are just adorable. Within the first week of life, they start to show markings around the eyes as well as the shoulders. The coat is starting to grow and the legs are turning paler. At birth, most pups are dark in color.
By the age of two weeks, the Keeshond pups are starting to open their eyes and they begin crawling around as their coats continue to grow a little longer. When they reach three weeks old, they are developing darker facial hair and they begin to walk or stumble around more. At the age of four weeks, they are getting their teeth. The tails have now stood straight up in the air and are starting to curve towards the back. They are walking a little better now and their ears are starting to stand up.
Six to Eight Weeks Old
At six weeks, they are weaned and standing tall. Well as tall as a smaller dog, can anyway. They are only about nine inches tall at this time and look like a little fur ball. The tails are completely curled over the back now and they are getting into everything. They are playful and silly. This is the age where they bond with humans the most. They are trusting and have no fear.
At eight weeks old, you can judge the coloring and show quality of the Keeshond. They have now had four worming stages and are ready to find a good loving home. The color they will be is dominant at this time. You still do not know the actual size they will be as it is still deceiving at this age.
Three to Four Months Old
At three months, the puppy fur is gone and replaced with their adult coat. The undercoat is more visible and they have cream color legs and feet. They now have the colors of an adult Keeshond and the prominent black tip on the tail. At the age of four months, they sometimes turn all silver with a dark facemask as the undercoat is growing in now.
Five to Six Months
As they continue to grow at the age of five and six months, they look funny in their bodies. The legs are longer and the puppy fur is completely gone. They are now at their peak color and will grow a little more into their legs. They do look adorable and loving and have by now bonded with their owner and has learned some basic commands. Their personalities are fully viewable now.