Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Kooikerhondje demonstrated the desired traits of a Waterfowl Dog and is known by its nick name the "Kooiker". The origin of the Kooikerhondje dog breed was in Netherlands where it was developed in the 15th Century.
Kooikerhondje Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group: The Kooikerhondje is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group.
Other names for the Kooikerhondje: The Kooikerhondje is known by the nickname of the "Kooiker". Other names for this breed of dog include the Kooiker Dog, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog and Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
Origin of the name: The origin of the name 'Kooikerhondje' derives from the Dutch words 'kooi' meaning "duck trap" and 'hond' meaning "dog and 'je' meaning "small". The duck hunter was known as the 'kooiker'. The name Kooikerhondje therefore literally translates as the small dog belonging to the duck trapper.
Kooikerhondje History and Origin: The country of origin of the Kooikerhondje breed was in Netherlands during the 15th Century. The spaniel-type dog was bred as a hunter of water fowl along the many rivers, canals and dikes in Holland The Kooikerhondje worked with man as a duck decoy by luring ducks into an 'eendenkooi' (meaning a "duck-cage") and retrieving them.
The Kooikerhondje would move between decoy screens in order to catch the attention of the ducks and provoke their curiosity. The Kooikerhondje would then lure the ducks further down the decoy pipe where they are captured in a trap.
The Kooikerhondje fell into decline in the 1900's but was revived through the efforts of Baroness Van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol just after WW2 (1939 - 1945). In 1966 the Dutch Kennel Club 'Raad van Beheer' adopted the interim breed and in the Kooikerhondje breed was officially recognized in 1971.
Kooikerhondje Modern History: The modern history of the Kooikerhondje moved on and the Kooikerhondje is still used in the Netherlands for duck hunting but also as an aid to ornithologists who ring various waterfowl for on-going research. As a matter of interest, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was an ancestor of the Kooikerhondje.
Kooikerhondje Height: The Kooikerhondje breed is classified as a Small to Medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 14 - 16 inches (35-40 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 14-16 inches (35-40 cm).
Kooikerhondje Weight: In this Small to Medium sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 20-40 lbs. (9-18 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 20-40 lbs. (9-18 kg).
Kooikerhondje Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium, thick, straight or wavy coat.
Kooikerhondje Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include white coat with red patches. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.
Kooikerhondje Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Kooikerhondje are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections.
The limited grooming needs of the Kooikerhondje are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Kooikerhondje Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5 to 7 puppies. Kooikerhondje puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Kooikerhondje puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Kooikerhondje Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Spirited, Territorial, Agile, Alert and Fearless.
Kooikerhondje Exercise Requirements - LOW / MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low to moderate. The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is dependent on its size, the bigger the dog the more exercise required for this lively dog. The Kooikerhondje requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a jaunty, fluid gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.
Kooikerhondje Diet: A fully grown Kooikerhondje should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Kooikerhondje Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Kooikerhondje breed include Von Willebrand disease, Hip dysplasia, Patellar luxation. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Kooikerhondje dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Kooikerhondje Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Kooikerhondje breed is 12 - 14 years.
Kooikerhondje Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Kooikerhondje breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Kooikerhondje names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Pieter *** Johan *** Abel *** Marcel *** Misha *** Dylan *** Yorick *** Mitch *** Henry *** Jasper.
Kooikerhondje Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Kooikerhondje names are Merel *** Tessa *** Sanne *** Kirsten *** Maud *** Britt *** Lotte *** Celine *** Kyra *** Leonie.