Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog
Dutch Decoy Dog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 8 Section 2 #314
||Gun Dog Breeds
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Kooikerhondje or Kooiker Hound, is a small
of dog of Dutch
ancestry that was originally used as a
dog, particularly in
Kooikers were popular in the 17th and 18th century and appeared in the paintings
and Jan Steen.
These dogs are around 35 to 40 cm high at the
a nearly square body that is slightly longer than their height at the shoulders.
They have long, hanging ears with wispy tips that are set close to the head and
upright, feathered tails. For
black ear tips and white tails are preferred.
They have multicoloured coats, often predominantly white and chestnut. The
fur is medium long and either slightly wavy or straight. The breed has a
waterproof coat that does not require clipping, with a well-developed undercoat.
Kooikers are intelligent, alert, agile dogs, generally with a benevolent
nature. However, they can be extremely territorial and will bark at strangers.
They are usually good swimmers and can generally adapt to different levels of
Kooikers have good appetites and a tendency to put on weight easily.
A kooikerhondje puppy.
After earlier popularity as a hunting dog, the breed almost became extinct
World War II until Baroness van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol rescued it. The
breed was only officially recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club in 1971 and has
since been imported into other countries and recognised officially although the
breed is still relatively unknown in North America and not yet recognised as a
breed in America or Canada.
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