At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 20 - 24 lbs.

Height: 14" - 16"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years


Also know as: Dutch Decoy Spaniel, Kooiker Dog, "Kooiker"

Group: Working

Origin: Netherlands (1700s / 1900s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: Dating back to the 1700s, this breed nearly reached extinction before being revitalized between WWI and WWII. Despite these efforts, only 25 known dogs survived WWII. These are the ancestors to all of the nearly 500 new Kooiker puppies registered each year. Due to the small gene pool that all these puppies are derived from, hereditary health problems are common. Originally used for duck hunting and retrieving, the Kooiker still is an excellent hunting dog, but has gained popularity as a family pet.

Temperament / Behavior
This breed is happy, affectionate and self-confident. The Kooikerhondje is loyal to family, but may be wary of strangers. Proper socialization to humans is required early so that the breed will be comfortable around visitors and children. The Kooikerhondje's sensitivity and strong will can make training difficult. This breed requires firmness from its owner in order to learn obedience and manners. This breed is a known "chewer" and becomes bored easily. Because of this unfortunate combination, it's important that owners provide Kooikers with plenty of mental and physical stimuli. If the breed is not busy working, playing or exercising, it will find something else to do -- and that "something" will probably be destructive to your property.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Von Willebrand's Disease; cataracts; patella luxation; hereditary necrotizing myelopathy

Special Needs
Exercise: Due to its hunting nature, the Kooikerhondje requires a high level of activity. Long daily walks, runs, romps and play session in a fenced yard are recommended for this breed.

Grooming: Regular brushing is required to keep your Kooikerhondje's shedding under control.


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