Thinking about purchasing an Kooikerhondje? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Kooikerhondje breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Kooikerhondje owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Kooikerhondje and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Kooikerhondje Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Kooikerhondje and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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
Height:14 - 16
inches. Average is 15 inches.
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.
are alert to anything going on, and are wary of strangers. They will let their
owners know if someone new is around by barking.
Kooikerhondje 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.
Kooikerhondje 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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Monday, August 19, 2013