The Markiesje is a breed of small dogs that originated in the Netherlands. With an elegant and distinctive appearance, they are noted for their expressive eyes, hanging ears and smooth black coat. These dogs are not only affectionate and friendly, but also possess an alert nature, making them loyal and attentive companions.

General details

The breed has a small size and a slender build. The weight usually varies between 5 and 6 kg, while the height in males is between 33 and 38 cm and in females between 30 and 36 cm. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years and they are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Breed history in brief

The Markiesje, also known as the Dutch Tulip Hound, is a breed originating in the Netherlands. There is some controversy in its history, as some enthusiasts argue that it is an ancient breed, supported by 17th century paintings depicting dogs of similar appearance, while others believe it resembles several Spaniel types that may share a common ancestor. Many fanciers suggest that the Markiesje influenced other Dutch breeds such as the Wetterhoun, Stabyhoun and Kooikerhondje. In 1979, the breed club, led by Mrs. van Ederen and Mrs. Westenbrink-Koning, was established with the goal of recreating the breed and expanding the gene pool by introducing dogs such as the Chinese Crested.

Breed characteristics

The Markiesje breed has a body slightly longer than tall, with a slightly elongated head and a nearly flat skull. Its large brown eyes are almond-shaped with a sweet expression. The ears are medium-sized and triangular. The coat is of medium length, smooth or slightly wavy and black in color, although white markings are also common. They are heavily feathered on the ears, tail and hind legs. The Markiesje is known to be sociable and enjoy attention without being demanding. They are affectionate and playful with other dogs and children, showing themselves to be trustworthy with younger children. Although they are popular as family pets due to their size and tenderness, they can also perform hunting tasks, retrieving small prey or birds. Their friendly nature is not suited to being a watchdog, but their alert nature allows them to warn their family members of threats and dangers.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Markiesje breed is very limited; it is not known to be prone to specific health problems.

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