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Quick Facts
Life Span:12-14 years
Litter Size:5-7 puppies
Group:Sporting, Working
Recognized By:FCI, UKC, APRI, ACR
Color:Showable Kooikers come in only one acceptable color combination--a white coat with patches of chestnut red or orange--but black and white Kooikers sometimes appear.
Hair Length:Long
Size:Medium
Shedding:Moderate Shed
Male Height:14-16 inches
Male Weight:20-40 pounds
Female Height:14-16 inches
Female Weight:20-40 pounds
Living Area:The Kooikerhondje will do better when he or she has a great deal of opportunity for exercise. Outdoor or rural areas are ideal, but suburban or even urban environments can work if nearby parks are large enough to fulfill the Kooiker's need for energetic activity. A fenced area is helpful to keep the Kooiker from chasing small animals and possibly getting lost.

Description

The Kooikerhondje is quite easy to keep groomed. The long coat needs brushing once a week, brushing regularly helps to keep the coat clean and free of tangles, matting and debris. The coat does not get too dirty, though, because it is naturally repellant. So, bathing is not needed frequently as long as brushing is kept up. Too frequent bathing can strip the natural oils in the coat which are quiet beneficial to the dog.

Nature is actually quite friendly when it comes to the Kooikerhondje. The shedding process will mean no cuts or trimmed needed. Their nails and teeth are also quite healthy and require little care.

Coat Description

The Kooikerhondje has a longer coat that is rather full. In general the only colors found on a Kooikerhondje are red, white and black. The ears have tips of black which are referred to as earrings. These are a desirable trait and dogs with large earrings are considered best for breeding and showing. The für of the tail and legs have a feathery appearance to it.

History

Kooikerhondjes originated from Holland. They came about in the 16th century. They are often seen in Dutch paintings from that century. They were bred to hunt ducks and so this leads to their natural like of swimming and running. In 1939 the breed almost went extinct, but a breeder, Baroness von Hardenbroek, helped to revive the population. They are recognized by the Dutch Kennel Club, but have yet to catch on in popularity in the United States.

Temperament

The Kooikerhondje is friendly. It can be timid around those it does not know. Watch for tendencies to shy away from strangers and excessive barking. They are quite animated and will love all the attention it can get. Kooikerhondje’s that are not trained from birth can develop serious problems with socialization skills. They may also have issues with loud sounds and being touched in any manner. However, no matter of training will completely erase these traits. So, the Kooikerhondje is not a good dog around children. Children are quite unnerving to this breed.

The Kooikerhondje is a loyal dog that will always be available for whatever their master may need. They can become rather protective and will bark at strangers who approach their master.

Health Problems

Kooikerhondje are dogs that have careful breeding. However, they are still prone to certain genetic problems. These common health issues include cataracts, epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s disease and degenerative muscular disorders. Another concern of the Kooikerhondje breed is overeating. They love to eat and if given the chance will eat and eat until the food is gone. Their diet needs to be watched and monitored to prevent obesity problems.

Grooming

The Kooikerhondje is quite easy to keep groomed. The long coat needs brushing once a week, brushing regularly helps to keep the coat clean and free of tangles, matting and debris. The coat does not get too dirty, though, because it is naturally repellant. So, bathing is not needed frequently as long as brushing is kept up. Too frequent bathing can strip the natural oils in the coat which are quiet beneficial to the dog.

Nature is actually quite friendly when it comes to the Kooikerhondje. The shedding process will mean no cuts or trimmed needed. Their nails and teeth are also quite healthy and require little care.

Exercise

Kooikerhondjes are bred for a lot of running and an active lifestyle. They will need to be stimulated and see plenty of activity in their daily life. They love to chase and this should be included in exercise.

Kooikerhondjes are also good swimmers and will enjoy the occasional water excursion. Swimming will cater to their need for stimulation and their need of exercise. They love swimming so much that they will rarely tire of the activity.

Training

Kooikerhondjes are smart, but can be a handful to train. They often are extremely energetic, to a fault almost. They also are quite picky in who they like and do not like. One wrong move and the dog could dislike you forever, never giving you a chance to redeem yourself. Training has to be done carefully. The dog should be treated with a calm tone of voice and a steady manner. They also need rewarded for good behavior to back up that they did well. Touching them too much is also a problem since by nature they prefer not o be touched. Rewards like playing with them and interacting are the best type for this breed. They will get rid of some excess energy in the process, making training easier. Food should be avoided as a reward. The Kooikerhondje should always follow a strict diet to avoid weight gain. Keep training a friendly process and you should see good results with the Kooikerhondje.

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