This article is from the Keeshonden Breed FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Kimberly J. Eashoo).
The Keeshond has been bred for centuries as the ideal family companion
and watchdog. Their magnificent appearance and sense of loyalty have
made them an appealing breed around the world. Their natural
tendencies are such that no special training is usually needed for a
Keeshond to act as a watchdog for his home, keeping it safe from
intruders. The Kees descended from the same arctic strains that
produced the Samoyed, Spitz and the Norwegian Elkhound . Correct
pronunciation of the breed name is caze-hawnd, but the Americanized
keys-hawnd is also acceptable. Most Kees fanciers will cringe,
however, if you mistakenly pronounce, or spell, the last syllable as
"hound". Plural of Keeshond is Keeshonden, the "en" ending signifies
plural in Dutch. A Keeshond is happiest around people, and will
willingly accept any stranger that its owners accept.