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A Kooikerhondje
Other namesKooiker
Dutch Spaniel
Kennel club standards
Dutch Kennel Club standard
FCI standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Kooikerhondje (Dutch for "small cager dog") and sometimes known as the Dutch Spaniel, is a small spaniel-type of gundog that was first bred in the Netherlands.[1]

History[change | change source]

This dog was first bred in the Netherlands around the end of the 16th century and they appeared in paintings by some of the Dutch Masters.[2] They were originally used to force ducks into traps.[3]

Colours[change | change source]

Usually these dogs are white with big patches of a red/orange colour.[4]

Temperament[change | change source]

The Kooikerhondje, like most spaniels, is a very energetic dog that needs plenty of exercise. The are mostly friendly and get along with children and other pets. However, as they are bred gundogs they will have instincts to hunt so care should be taken around pet birds especially.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nederlandse Kooikerhondje". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  2. "Breed - History". Vereniging “Het Nederlandse Kooikerhondje” (VHNK). Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  3. "Duck decoy". VHNK. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  4. "Kooikerhondje Breed Standard". The Kennel Club (UK). Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  5. "Kooikerhondje". Vetstreet.com. Retrieved 17 July 2021.