The Keeshond is known as the "smiling Dutchman" and he certainly has a friendly and spirited personality to match his characteristic grin. The breed is known for several traits including their high watch dog aptitude, super dense, fluffy coat and high intelligence. They are very loving and attentive dogs that are said to shadow their owners wherever they go-- and they love to cuddle! Animal Planet's Dogs:101 even has a Keeshond segment that sells the breed as an all-around excellent companion. This page will give you some basic Keeshond information including temperament, activity level and intelligence.
Intelligence- The Keeshond is very bright, coming in at 16th in Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs. They are easy to train and don't require much repetition. These dogs do require plenty of attention and leaving them lonely may result in nuisance behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing, jumping and digging. The breed usually excels in agility activities too.
Kids, Strangers, Other Pets- Members of this breed are playful and tolerant with kids and are A+ family companions. They may bark their heads off at strangers (at first) but quickly warm up to them and do not make good guard dogs. Keeshonds will be very outgoing and friendly with other dogs and can do well with cats, too. They may chase small, furry critters since as they used to rid family properties of varmint.
Exercise- Keeshonds require a medium amount of exercise that can be met with a few daily walks and some playtime in the yard. They are very sociable and do well at the dog park. This breed is adaptable to your lifestyle whether you are outdoorsy and athletic or just get out for a short walk.