Our goal at CARA is to produce dogs that are physically sound, fully tested against genetic disease and loving companion dogs.  If we are able to produce a high quality show dog from a litter, it is a bonus!  We do not breed often and only when we intend to keep a dog from the litter to show.  All dogs kept by CARA remain here for their lifetime.  No bitch is bred more than three times and never before they are two years old or after they are 8 years old.  We at CARA strictly abide by the Keeshond Club Of America Code of Ethics, The American Whippet Club Code of Ethics and the KRNA Code of Ethics.
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Keeshond and Whippet Breeder
Aspen - Keeshond
Keeshond and Whippet Breeder
Keeshond and Whippet Breeder
Distinct characteristics of Keeshonden include the ruff, spectacles around the eyes, and a thick coat.   The Whippet is a breed of dog in the sighthound family. They are active and playful and are physically similar to a small greyhound. Their popularity has led to the reuse of the Whippet name on a large number of things, from cars to cookies.
Keeshond and Whippet Breeder
Other names
Dutch Barge Dog
Smiling Dutchman
Chien Loup
German Spitz
Deutscher Wolfsspitz
  Keeshond and Whippet Breeder




Litter size

Life Span

25–45 pounds (11–20 kg)

Male 18.5 to 22.5 inches (47 to 57 cm)
Female 17.5 to 21.5 inches (44 to 55 cm)

Fine, dense

6-8 pups

12-15 years

Country of origin
Netherlands, Germany   Country of origin England


American Kennel Club

A medium-sized, sturdy dog, the Keeshond possesses the characteristics of other Northern breeds – a fox-like expression, stand-off coat and richly plumed tail carried over the back. His coloring is a mixture of gray, black and cream, with variations from light to dark and distinctive "spectacles" – markings and shadings in the eye area, including a delicate, dark line slanting from eye to ear and expressive eyebrows.

A Look Back
Basically unchanged over the past two centuries, the Keeshond descended from the same arctic strains as the Samoyed, Chow Chow, Norwegian Elkhound, Finnish Spitz and Pomeranian. The Kees was originally served as a watchdog on riverboats, barges and farms. Especially popular in Holland in the late 1700s, the breed also became a symbol of the Dutch Patriot political party and its leader Kees de Gyselaer, who owned a dog named Kees and gave the breed its name. When the Patriots were defeated, the Keeshond became rare in Holland until it was revived a century later, when it also began appearing in England and America.

Right Breed for You?
An affectionate, good-natured companion, the Keeshond is outgoing and friendly with people and dogs, following the lead of their owners when welcoming strangers. The breed learns quickly and is energetic, requiring daily exercise. Twice-weekly brushing is sufficient.

American Kennel Club



American Kennel Club

A medium-sized sighthound giving the appearance of elegance and fitness, the Whippet denotes great speed, power and balance. In fact, the Whippet, an English Greyhound in miniature, is the fastest domesticated animal of his weight, capable of speeds up to 35 m.p.h. A very versatile breed, they can appear in a wide variety of colors and markings. Although keen when racing or coursing, they are quiet and dignified in their owner’s living room.

A Look Back

Having evolved for over a hundred years, it was not until 1891 that official recognition was given to the Whippet by the English Kennel Club. Used for racing early on, the breed was nicknamed "the poor man’s racehorse." Whippets were first brought to America by English mill operators of Massachusetts, which for many years was the center of Whippet racing in this country. Later the sport moved south to Maryland, particularly in Baltimore. Right Breed for You?
The Whippet is a natural athlete and needs regular exercise. As with any breed it is also important that the Whippet has proper nutrition, vaccinations, and regular veterinary visits. Whippets are particularly well adapted for human companionship and make excellent house dogs

American Kennel Club



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