Meet the Breed: Friendly Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Did you know Nederlandse Kooikerhondje joined the first dog show in 2018? Here is everything that you should know abotu this small spaniel-type breed of dog.

Friendly Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a self-confident, agile, and alert dog. Overall, this breed is known as easy-going, faithful, and extremely friendly, especially toward his family members.

As a true agile breed, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje loves being outdoors and spending time in fun activities.

Since Nederlandse Kooikerhondje has durable stamina and sufficient perseverance, he enjoys working and overall being useful.

If you are thinking about welcoming a playful Nederlandse Kooikerhondje to your home there are some facts that you should know abotu this breed. Read on.

Quick Facts

Real name: Kooikerhondje
Other names: Kooiker
Origin: Netherlands
Breed type: Hound Dogs
Weight: 20-30 pounds
Height: 15-17 inches (male), 14-16 inches(female)
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Color: Orange-red
Coat: Medium coat lenght

Kooikerhondjel: History

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a pure breed and one of the oldest dog breeds of today. The breed is so old, that it even appeared in paintings by the Dutch masters back into the very late Middle Ages.

This Dutch dog breed had a rather interesting job. The fast Kooikerhondje was responsible for luring ducks into a trap, also named Kooi, where the fowl are either banded for ornithological research or dispatched for the market.

Dog experts claim that Kooikerhondje is actually the predecessor of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, who also was responsible for luring ducks.

Although Kooikerhondje is an ancient breed, the breed wasn’t recognized officially until 1971, in the Netherlands.

This breed is relatively new to the States and AKC recognized the breed in 2018. The major club of the breed is Kooikerhondje Club of the USA.

Kooikerhondjel: Physical Appearance

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a medium-sized dog with an orange-red coat that is soft and straight. This is a sporting dog that’s built to matches the dog’s original purpose.

Ears may be black at the point and visible scissoring or excessive grooming is severely penalized in the dog shows.

The head is moderate in length, while eyes are almond-shaped, next to medium-size ears that are close to the cheeks without a fold.

The neck is medium, nicely balanced to the body, while the chest is reaching to the elbows with moderate spring of ribs, while the back is short and strong.

The coat is always medium-length and may be straight or wavy, but never open or curly.

The coat is also extremely soft, with undercoat, and the coat on the head should be short.

Kooikerhondjel: Temperament

Kooikerhondjes are friendly, good-natured, alert, and well-behaved dogs. A huge factor is their temperament will play the environment. They thrive when they are into a lovable and safe environment.

They are also highly intelligent, attention, and real people-pleasers. They can also adapt to any situation fast, and transform their behavior from quit to high alert.

Your Kooikerhondje may not be fond of strangers immediately, but once they warm up to someone, they will easily trust them until the rest of life.

If you provide regular walks and well-planned exercises this breed can be a really nice apartment dog. If you have a backyard, a fenced yard is still a must.

Although this breed was used for games, it has only a medium energy level and can be extremely quiet indoors.

They may be reactive with strange dogs and wary of children, which is why you should educate your children on how to behave around dogs.

Kooikerhondjel: Training

The Kooikerhondje is a highly intelligent dog and as such he will demand a mental stimulation and challenging training.

This is the breed that is eager to please you but will also expect a lot in return. Therefore, it’s crucial to start training your Kooikerhondje from day one.

Early socializatuon is the key when it comes to any well-behaved and disciplined dog. Because this breed can be determined, you can ask for a from the professional trainer – just in case.

It’s far better to invest in the professional trainer in the beginning than to have an undisciplined dog later on. Keep training sessions fun, engaging and short. Use the breeds developed need to please the owner to promote training sessions.

You can also try some sport because Kooikerhondje will be more than happy to participate in any sports discipline.

Kooikerhondjel: Exercise

The Kooikerhondje will love spending time outdoors. This is a lively breed that will mix with other dogs and try to outrun them.

This breed is also faithful, gentle, and lively, so making new dog friends shouldn’t be a problem. They are also well-built, athletic, eager, driven, and busy explorer of the outdoors.

As with any other breed, the Kooikerhondje will require at least two walks per day of 20min minimum.

Still, this is something that may defer from dog to dog, so tracking your dog’s needs is the best thing that you can do to build a good routine.

Kooikerhondjel: Nutrition

You can do wonders with good food. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje should do just fine on high-quality dog food.

You can serve your dog either dry or wet food, as long as you stick to proportions and know general rules on feeding your dog. This is more important if you have a large breed dog, becuase they are more prone to bloat which can have a fatal outcome.

If you tend to serve your dog raw food, double-check with your veterinarian what are the benefits and the downside. The same goes for the B.A.R.F. diet.

Also, some dogs are prone to easy weight gain, so make sure that you don’t cross the food measures and expose your Kooikerhondje to obesity. Always watch the dog’s weight level and dog’s calorie consumption.

As a responsible pet owner, you must know what is safe for your dog, and what isn’t. That being said, learn which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not.

Always check with your veterinarian if there are any concerns about the dog’s weight or diet. Make sure that your dog always has clean and fresh water available.

Kooikerhondjel: Grooming

The Kooiker has a medium-length coat with soft and straight hair. Kooiker’s hair shouldn’t ever be curly, but it can be slightly wavy.

Just like with any other dog breed, you must invest time and energy into grooming your Kooikerhondje.

Regular grooming sessions will help your dog to have a healthy coat and skin. This is also a nice bonding activity, since dogs love to be touched, and they prefer body language to show love, preferably than vocal.

You can use grooming to check your dog’s skin for any changes, or fleas. Don’t forget to check the dog’s teeth, ears, and eyes on a weekly level.

If you don’t know how to use a nail clipper or grinder, hire a professional groomer, or ask your veterinarian to explain to you how to do it by yourself.

You must be extremely careful when it comes to nail clipping because nails contain blood vessels and you don’t want to harm them.

Ears should be checked for buildup wax, and gums should never be pale.

Teeth should be cleaned regularly, and proper food for strong teeth should be given to dogs regularly.

Kooikerhondjel: Health

The Kooikerhondje is a relatively healthy breed. Their life expectancy is one of the highest one among dogs because their life span is usually between 12 to 15 years and usually longer.

Some have been known to live up to 18 years. The Kooikerhondje originates from a very limited founding population, making them susceptible to various hereditary conditions.

Even with the best breeding practice, the Kooikerhondje can inherit a range of canine diseases.

These are the most common health problems in this breed.

Major Health Concerns:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Kooiker Paralysis
  • Polymyositis

Minor Concerns

Occasional Diagnoses

Occasional Tests

  • OFA
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Genetic Tests

Responsible breeders will always screen dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthier and best-looking specimens.

Despite the best breeding practices, unexpected things happen. Therefore, it’s still recommended taking your dog to your veterinarian immediately, as soon as you get your new pup or an adult dog.

Don’t forget that you can directly influence one of the most common diseases in dogs – obesity.

So, always keep your Kooiker at an appropriate weight. This is one of the best things that you can do to extend your dog’s life.

The Bottom Line

The lovely Kooikerhondje is also known as the Dutch decoy dog, who resembles a lot to Brittany (tail), and to Cavalier King Charles Spaniel due to its red-white color.

This dog is a real bundle of joy, with a smart and fun-loving personality. Hikes walk, playing at the beach all day – name it, this dog will love any activity as long as he gets to do it with you.

If you want to explore the world of agility sport, your Kooikerhondje will be more than happy to assist you. This is a great dog if you have some dog experience already.

This breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners. Consider this breed if you are an experienced dog owner who is ready to be involved in a dog’s life.