Cathy Robbins’ dog Buddy in Soldotna is a keeshond, a breed that lives to have fun and loves to hike. The dogs were bred to be guard dogs for barges in the canals of Holland. They were used as an alert of approaching barges and used to rid the barges of rats. The breed was established in the 1600s and was originally named as an honor to Emperor Kyes. When Kyes fell out of grace, keeshonds became unpopular and were turned loose. Gypsies adopted them and turned them into circus dogs. Today keeshonds are considered a companion dog because they easily adapt to living in confined quarters and they are happy as long as they are with their owner.
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