One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dog of a Dutch breed with long thick grey hair, resembling a large Pomeranian.
- ‘We are a small family run kennel in the Midlands showing and breeding Keeshonds.’
- ‘Ehlers and her crisis-response dog Tikva, also a keeshond, were called to New York by the American Red Cross.’
1920s: Dutch, from Kees (pet form of the given name Cornelius) + hond ‘dog’.
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