Original Name : Kooikerhondje
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Kooïker
Male size : 14-16 inches
Female size : 14-16 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Netherlands
Kooikerhondjes are a very energetic sporting dog still used today in duck decoys. Harmoniously built, they have shiny coats, attractively colored and well feathered. Cheerful but not noisy, these spaniels are very dependent on the people they live with. They are characterized by sociability, gentleness and constant alertness.
Fairly broad, moderately rounded skull, clearly visible but shallow stop.
Solid back, deep chest, sufficiently sprung ribs.
Distinct patches of dominant clear orange-red on white.
Medium-sized, set just above eye level from the tip of the nose to the corner of the eye, close to the cheeks.
Carried level with or just above the line of the back, never curled, well feathered with white plume.
Medium length, straight or slightly wavy, not curly or close.
Kooikerhondjes are members of a Dutch breed that was only officially recognized in 1971, five years after the Dutch kennel club approved the provisional standard. Thanks to the efforts of Baron Van Hardenbroek to secure the breed’s future, sufficient numbers of good-quality puppies are now being born in the Netherlands. Duck decoys are a Dutch specialty in which human, dog and sedentary ducks work together to catch wild ducks.
This outstanding retriever waterdog is an old breed with a history going back to the 17th century, although it almost disappeared completely. A female from Friesland by the name of Tommie, which was purchased by Baron Van Hardenbroek in 1939, is the mother of the present-day breed.