Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a breed of dog originating from Holland. It is a cheerful and energetic dog, known for its intelligence and ease of handling. It has a pure white coat with orange-red markings.

General details

The standard weight for the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is approximately 9 to 15 kilograms, and the height varies between 38 and 43 centimeters in males, and between 36 and 41 centimeters in females. Its life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. It belongs to Group 8 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes hunting retrievers and lifters, and water dogs.

Breed history in brief

During World War II, Baroness Van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol began the recreation of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje breed. After searching for dogs with the desired characteristics, she found Tommy, a female who became the founder of the breed. In 1971, the Kooikerhondje was officially recognized as a breed. Originally used as decoys for duck hunting. Today, they are also used as companion dogs and are noted for their calm and friendly demeanor.

Breed characteristics

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is characterized by a moderately long, well sculpted head. Its eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown in color, and the ears are moderately large and carried close to the cheeks without folds. The tail is set on an inset that follows the topline of the body and is carried level with the topline or slightly upward. The coat is of medium length, slightly wavy or straight, with a well developed undercoat. It has distinctive light orange-red markings on pure white, the orange-red color being predominant. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a cheerful, energetic and obedient dog, with an exceptional dedication to work and a friendly personality that makes him an ideal companion. In addition to its vitality and diligence, the Kooikerhondje is renowned for its intelligence.

Common health problems

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are cataract, ectropion and entropion, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, persistent pupillary membrane and progressive retinal atrophy.

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