The Kooikerhondje (hunter’s dog) is a spaniel kind breed of Dutch origin, mainly developed as a working dog with the purpose of luring ducks. It is characterized by a black tip on its long ears which is referred to as earrings, thin muzzle, a white plumed tail and a deep chestnut red or orange coat. Often thought to be responsible for developing the Novascotia Duck Tolling Retriever, it is becoming increasingly popular in Canada, Scandinavia, and the United States.
|Other Nicknames||Kooiker, Dutch decoy dog, Small Dutch waterfowl dog,|
|Coat||Dense, Straight, Medium Flat, Weather-Resistant|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound, Sporting, Spaniels|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Weight||20 to 25 pounds|
|Height (size)||14 to 16 inches|
|Temperament||Sensitive, Alert, Intelligent, Cheerful, Loving, Territorial|
|Good with Child||Yes, if they are not noisy or rough|
|Litter Size||5 to 7 puppies|
|Country Originated in||Netherlands|
|Competitive Registration||DKC, FCI, KCF, KCC, UKC, ARBA, KCUSA, DKC, KCGB, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA, AKC/FSS|
Gaining importance in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in Netherlands, it attained its name as it was used as an eendenkooi (duck trap) helping Kooiker or hunters in driving or luring ducks into the traps or decoy laid for them. After the Second World War they were almost extent until being rescued by Baroness van Hardenbroek in 1939 as a part of a breeding programme.
This intelligent, alert and sensitive breed forms a good family pet with varied temperament depending on the environment it lives in. This strong charactered breed is generally very sensitive, not being able to tolerate an environment where people generally scream a lot or are loud and vocal. Being very playful, they love swimming and splashing in water. Initially being reserved to strangers, they generally open up when being properly acquainted to them. Doing well with children of the family they generally do not like noisy or boastful children or those who handle them roughly. Though they are great watch dogs they generally bark to get attention or at a person who may seem wrong or threatening to them.
A firm, controlled and patient trainer is required to train this sensitive and intelligent breed. Any kind of harshness or aggression undertaken while training the dog may have a very adverse effect even leading to spoil their relation with their owners or masters. When treated with kindness and given rewards in the form of play or food, they will do extremely well. Socialization as well as obedience training is to be imparted to them since their puppy days to help them get along well with strangers and other pets. They also are to be leash trained as this curious and active-minded breed get fascinated on seeing something new and is engrossed in looking at it forgetting everything else. Interesting training methods are to be adopted to keep them active as they tend to get bored very easily.
Good quality, proper dry-dog feed is to be given to this breed. While the puppies need three meals a day till six months of age and two meals from six months to a year, the adult dog does well with one heavy meal or two light meals. Along with dog food they can be given fruits, vegetables, cooked eggs and cottage cheese, though in small amounts as they have a tendency to be obese. Availability of fresh, clean water is essential.