Dogs of the World – The Kooikerhondje or Kooiker Dog

The Kooiker Dog

The Kooiker dog, also called the Kooikerhondje, is a spaniel dog breed from the Netherlands. He has a friendly and moderate temperament to make him a good companion. But he was originally bred to help duck hunters. The Kooiker dog doesn’t point out or retrieve ducks. According to “The New Encyclopedia of the Dog” by Bruce Fogle, the Kooiker dog entices the ducks to swim closer to shore and within shotgun range with his “antics and bushy white tail”.

The Kooiker dog is a relatively small spaniel weighing about 20 pounds or so. The hair on his face is short, but the hair on his body is heavy and long. I am reminded of a Shetland Sheepdog when I see his build, tail, and feathered coat. Even his coloring somewhat resembles a Shetland Sheepdog. He does not have the saddle back coloring but he has the white face with nose stripe, white chest, belly, legs, and tail tip. The rest is brown with black tips. His nose does not taper as much as a Shetland Sheepdog and his ears seem to have longer hair. He also appears to have longer legs.

For more information on the Kooikerhondje and other dogs of the world, check out “The New Encyclopedia of the Dog“.

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3 Responses to “Dogs of the World – The Kooikerhondje or Kooiker Dog”

  1. Juliette and Dougie my Westie Says:

    I guessed Dutch from name and instantly thought spaniel on seeing the pic. Beautiful colouring.

  2. Dog Breed Feature Part II – History of the Pug Dog Breed « American Dog Blog Says:

    [...] Spain during the Eighty Years’ War. There is some doubt about whether Pompey was a Pug or Kooikerhondje because some describe the dog as light colored while others say he was light colored with orange [...]

  3. Norm Says:

    I’ve had two of these, and they are a wonderful dog if you are in the right type setting. Beautiful in appearance and temperment. But these dogs are very very active and they ned lots of exercise to run off all that energy.

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