|About the Kooikerhondje dog breed:|
The Kooikerhondje is a dog breed that has a coat that will not fully mature until the dog is two years of age. They will have black tips on their ears, and the coat colors will be black, white, or a combination of the two colors. Some of these dogs will also have a black ring around their tails. The Kooikerhondje has a number of color restrictions, and dogs which are black and white are considered to be faults. This breed originates in the Netherlands, and it was used to chase ducks into traps. It is a fairly old breed that has existed since the 16th century, but was not recognized as a breed until 1966.
Also Known As
Dutch Decoy Dog
Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog
The Kooikerhondje is a loving dog that is excellent for families. While this breed is cheerful around those it is familiar with, it will be wary around strangers. While these dogs should not be aggressive, they should also not be timid. Once this dog becomes familiar with someone, it will be friendly. It is crucial for owners to make sure this dog is socialized while it is a puppy. If it is not properly socialized, it may begin displaying behavior problems. The Kooikerhondje is an excellent watchdog.
One common problem that is seen in these dogs is Von Willebrandt Disease. This is a bleeding ailment that is specific to the Kooikerhondje. Owners will need to have DNA tests conducted to find out if the dog has the disease, and they will also need to find out if these dogs may transfer this trait to their offspring. People should not purchase a Kooikerhondje that is prone to getting this disease. These dogs will have a maximum life expectancy of 14 years.
Because these dogs were bred to hunt, they are active and enjoy being outside. The Kooikerhondje needs sufficient amounts of exercise in order for it to be joyful. These dogs will need to be placed in a yard that is fenced in. While owners may allow them to run free, this should only be done in a secure area. While these dogs can function well in apartments, it will be the responsibility of the owner to make sure they get the proper exercise.
Special Grooming Needs
The Kooikerhondje will shed extensive amounts of hair, but their coats are not hard to care for. Owners will simply need to make sure the coats are brushed on a consistent basis.