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Kooikerhondje Breed Summary

Friendly, Bright-Eyed, Energetic, Intelligent and Happy

Kooikerhondje's are small and intelligent doggies that originate from the Netherlands! They are highly regarded for their work involving luring ducks into traps and nets. Additionally, many people believe that these doggies are the founders of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever breed!

Nowadays, the breed has gained recognition and popularity over much of the world, including here in the UK as well! This is due to their lovely looks and affectionate personalities.

Fun Fact: The breeds feathered, white tail attracts ducks towards it!

Kennel Club Group Utility
Lifespan 12 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males 37 - 42 cm, Females 35 - 40 cm at the withers
Weight 9 - 11 kg
Coat Coats are Medium in Length and Lie Close to the Coat. The Texture of the Coat is Slightly Wavy or Straight
Colour Red & White, White & Orange, White with Red
Eye colour Deep Brown
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD), Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy (HNM/ENM), Polymyositis, Patellar luxation, Epilepsy, Myasthenia gravis, Renal dysplasia, Cataracts
Other Names Kooiker Hound, Kooiker

These doggies are known for their friendly personalities and their love of people! These guys are also extremely energetic and so would best suit a family who already lead an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into. Additionally, they are also very clever, which makes them relatively to train! They also need lots of socialisation with other animals, in different environments in order to grow into well-rounded and happy dogs! Kooikers are also very sparky and well-behaved doggies, who love nothing more than being involved in tasks around the home. For this reason, they make lovely family pets with the potential to provide you with years of happiness and joy!

These doggies originally come from the Netherlands and have supposedly been around for hundreds of years. It's thought they were first developed during the 16th century and originally worked as duck toiling dogs, involving the doggies driving birds into cages and nets! They then went on to be very popular during the 17th and 18th century, often depicted in works of art by Rembrandt and Steen! However, their popularity started to fall in the 20th century and was made even worse with the onset of WW2. However, they were just about saved and recognised by the Dutch Kennel Club in 1971. They first landed on English soil in the 1980's, after Mollie and Billie Yates imported 15 of them after visiting Europe! They have since been used in the development of the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever but are very rare in the UK, so anyone wanting one of these pups would need to be put on a waiting list.