The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a small spanieltype breed of dog of Dutch ancestry that was originally used as a working dog, particularly in an eendenkooi (duck cage) to lure ducks. The goodnatured Kooikerhondje hunting dog breed is lively, agile, selfconfident, and makes an affectionate family companion.
In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Sporting Dogs Weight: 20 to 25 pounds Height: 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 1214 years
The Kooikerhondje is a small, flashy, orange, and white spaniellike sporting dog. Originally bred in the Netherlands as a duck decoy dog, its heavily white plumed tail waves jauntily to entice and lure ducks to follow it into Eendenkooi (elaborate manmade pond trapping systems). When not working the traps, Kooikers were expected to work on the farm to catch vermin.
One of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje’s most easily recognizable features is her soft and vibrant coat, consisting of distinctive orangered patches on white. Other prominent features include a wellfeathered tail and hanging ears—also known as earrings—which may have black hair at the tips.
People most familiar with Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes describe them as smart, eager to please, goodnatured, cheerful, and easygoing. They also have a sensitive side, so they can startle easily, and they may not get along with everyone. While they do well with older kids, they’re not necessarily a great fit for families with younger, more unpredictable children. They’re also not very tolerant of roughplaying dogs but can become buddies with wellbehaved ones. Because they’re intelligent, goodnatured, and willing to please, however, they’re also highly trainable.
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