When you first see a Kooikerhondje (pronounced “ COY ker HUND che”), you’ll be running through a list of red and white breeds in your head — Brittany with a tail, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, red and white Setter — wondering what he is. The answer is: a little Dutch retriever with a smart and funloving personality.
The Kooiker is an allaround dog, capable of participating in many types of activities (overall health permitting). Walks, hikes, playing at the beach and dog sports may all be of interest to him. As long as he is with you, he’ll be happy. When you come home from work, he’ll greet you with a waving white tail and warm your lap or feet in the evening.
He loves doing things with his people, but the Kooiker adapts his energy level to his family’s lifestyle. He can live comfortably in a condo as long as he gets daily exercise, such as a couple of halfhour walks or other active play. Afterward, he’ll be satisfied to veg out with you in front of the TV. Activities in which Kooikers tend to participate include agility, dock diving, barn hunt and lure coursing. Many are also good at rally, flyball, nose work and tracking.
If they are raised with them, Kooikers tend to get along well with children, other dogs and cats. They can have a high prey drive, however, so small furry or feathered pets can be at risk if the Kooiker hasn’t learned to live peaceably with them.
Though he can be a great dog, the Kooiker isn’t the best choice for a novice dog owner. If you give him an inch, he’ll take 10 miles. Consider this breed if you’re an experienced dog owner who will be very involved with your dog.
Quick Facts The Kooiker’s name comes from the Dutch words “kooi” (duck trap) and “hond” (dog). The hunter, or decoy person, is the “kooiker.” The “je” on the end of the name is a suffix meaning “small.” A Kooikerhondje, then, is the small dog belonging to the duck trapper. The Kooiker has a white coat with large reddishorange patches