Get to know the Kooikerhondje
All you need to know about the breed
With their challenging mouthful of a name (for the non-Dutch at least), once you’ve mastered the Kooikerhondje’s pronunciation yourself - “coy-ker-hund-che” - you can enjoy hearing others repeatedly attempt it when they ask what your breed of dog is. Or, if time is short, simply reply “a type of spaniel!”
For indeed, despite the tricky name, your Kooikerhondje is a wonderful mix of a spaniel’s easy temperament, with the natural athleticism of their working dog past - they were originally bred as a decoy for Holland’s traditional duck trapping ponds.
With their photogenic looks: orange-red markings, black tipped-ears, called “earrings” and almond-shaped brown eyes, not to mention poise - the way they carry their heads high lends the Kooikerhondje an almost regal air it’s easy to see why the Dutch masters painted the faithful working dog into the family portrait.
Today still considered rare outside their native Netherlands, this little orange and white sporting dog is growing in popularity in the US, where the breed was officially recognised in 2018. While they can be sensitive to noise and take time to relax with strangers, the Kooikerhondje is sociable, yet not barky themselves unless they’re raising the alarm! An ideal combination, really.
2 facts about Kooikerhondjes
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Kooikerhondje