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Description: The Kooikerhondje is not a well known breed. They are a small dog, but excellent decoys. Originally used to decoy ducks with their bushy white tail, they are trainable and worthy of a hunt. The Kooikerhondje looks somewhat like a large Papillon, with medium to long length fur coming in the colors of red and white, mostly white with patches of red. They have long drop ears that are quite feathered, as well as the tail, chest and legs. Black sometimes lines the ears, of which fanciers call "earrings". Their bodies, longer than they are tall, are lean and moderately muscled. The Kooikerhondje is a bright dog, intelligent in the ways of luring ducks. They are friendly, cheery dogs who will likely follow their master to the end of the Earth. They are good with older children, and good with other pets. Kooikerhondjes are affectionate and easy to manage, making them ideal for just a companion or as both decoy dog and companion. They active, yet not overly excitable. Although they can be noisy, they will alert their owners of anything unusual that may be going on. Reliable and friendly, the Kooikerhondje is definitely worth keeping in the home.
Other Names: Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog, Duck-Decoy Dog, Kooiker Dog, Kooiker Hound, Dutch Decoy Spaniel
Type: Gun Dog
Height: 14 - 16
inches. Average is 15 inches.
and red or white and orange. Clear white with red or orange patches. Black appears
on the tips of the ears, calling "earrings". They have a blaze on the face.
are active, but not overly excited. They are friendly to most, but are better
with older children. They are trainable and intelligent. Kooikerhondjes will
alert their owner to anything unusual, making them a good watch dog. They are
rather noisy at times. They are devoted and affectionate with their family,
and wary with strangers. They are very even tempered and cheerful. They can
be very territorial.
Watch-dog: High. Kooikerhondjes
are alert to anything going on, and are wary of strangers. They will let their
owners know if someone new is around by barking.
Care and Training:
The Kooikerhondje is relatively easy to care for. It needs a daily brushing
to keep its fur in top glossy condition. They should be bathe when necessary,
and does not need to be cut or trimmed. They do shed, usually every spring and
autumn. Ears should be checked routinely for infection, dirt build up or other
substances, as they are long and can sweep up small creatures. Nails should
be trimmed routinely as well. The Kooikerhondje should receive daily exercise,
as they have a tendency toward obesity. A walk every day should suffice.
Health Issues: Unfortunately due to a small breeding base from after World War II, this breed suffers from inherited genetic diseases occasionally. These may include cataracts, von Willebrand's disease (blood clotting disease), epilepsy, necrotizing myelopathy and luxating patellas.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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