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  • Temperament: Friendly, Alert, Quick
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks of 192
  • Height: 15-17 inches (male) 14-16 inches (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Group: Sporting Group

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Nederlandse Kooikerhondje lying down facing left, head in three-quarter view
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje head facing forward outdoors in sunlight
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GENERAL APPEARNCE

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a harmoniously built orange-red parti-colored small sporting dog of almost square body proportions. He moves with his head held high; in action, the well-feathered waving tail is carried level with, or above the topline. The ears may have black hair at the tips, the so-called earrings. The dog is presented with a natural, untrimmed coat. Visible scissoring or grooming, except for neatening the feet, is to be severely penalized.

HEAD

The head is of moderate length, fitting in with the general appearance, clean- cut, with flowing lines. Eyes – Almond-shaped, dark brown with a friendly, alert expression. Ears – Medium size, set above eye level but always lower than the top of the skull. The ears are carried close to the cheeks without a fold. Ear leather should easily reach the inner corner of the eye. Well feathered. Black hair tips (“earrings”) are highly desirable. Skull – Sufficiently broad, moderately rounded. Stop – Seen in profile clearly visible but not too deep. Muzzle – Should be a blunt wedge seen from above or in profile, not too deep, nor tapering too much. Well filled under the eye, creating a smooth transition from muzzle to skull. Planes (Muzzle & Skull) – Straight muzzle, almost parallel planes. Nose – Black and well developed. Lips – Preferably well pigmented, close fitting and not pendulous. Bite – Scissors bite. Complete dentition preferable. Level bite acceptable, but less desirable.

BODY

Neck – Medium length to balance body, clean-cut and strongly muscled. Topline – Smooth level line from the withers to hipbones with a slightly rounded croup. Chest – Reaching to the elbows with moderate spring of ribs. Underline – Slight tuck-up towards the loin. Back – Strong and straight, rather short. Loin – Short and broad, strongly muscled.

TAIL

Set on so as to follow the topline of the body. Well-feathered with a white plume. The last vertebra should reach the hock joint. When gaiting, carried level with the topline, with an upward curve or almost straight up. Not curling with a ring or circling over the back. When standing, the tail may be held downward.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulders – Shoulder moderately angled in order to create a flowing line from neck to back. Upper Arm – Moderately angled to match layback of shoulder blade, which is of equal length. Forechest I Prosternum – Point of forechest should be slightly protruding beyond the point of the shoulder. Elbow – Close to the body. Legs – Straight and parallel, strong bone of sufficient density and length. Pastertics – Strong and slightly oblique. Forefeet – Small, slightly oval, compact, toes pointing forward.

COAT

Hair – Of medium length, close lying. May be slightly wavy or straight, but never curly or open. Soft, but with enough texture to be weather resistant. Functional undercoat. Front legs should have moderate feathering reaching to the pastern joints. Hind legs should have fairly long feathered breeches. No feathering below the hock joints. The coat on the head, the front part of the legs and the feet should be short. Sufficiently feathered on the underside of the tail. Longer hair on throat and forechest. Earrings (long feathered black hair tips) are highly desirable.

HINDQUARTERS

Angulation – Moderately angulated, to match forequarters. Seen from the rear, straight and parallel. Legs – Strong bone. Upper Thigh – well muscled. Second Thigh – length equal to upper thigh. Hock Joint – well let down. Hind Feet – Small, oval, compact, toes pointing forward.

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About the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

The Kooikerhondje (Koi-ker-hond-yuh)—the “little white and orange dog with a big heart”—is a sporty, eye-catching fellow with a silky all-weather coat of white with red patches. They are instantly recognizable thanks to their large, black-tipped ears and the richly feathered tail they wag proudly. The breed has the sturdy bone structure expected of a serious hunter, but the overall picture is that of a harmoniously built dog of smooth, flowing contours and springy gait.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Club of the United States has served as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Kooikerhondje since April 2014.

 

Club Contact Details

Club: Kooikerhondje Club of the United States
Name: Rod Beckstead, AKC Liaison
Email: rb@kooikerhondjeusa.org
Address: 1755 Ehrets Lane, Allentown, PA 18103
Phone: 610-739-2822

 

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Care

NUTRITION

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

 

GROOMING

Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. The strong, fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. Ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Occasional Bath/Brush

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

EXERCISE

Options for exercise include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience, and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise

HEALTH

Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

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History

The origins of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (Dutch Decoy Dog) can be found as far back as the 1500s. It is said that the decoy dog owned by William of Orange saved his life by warning him of the Spanish attack. Many of the Dutch Masters painted family portraits that depict a small decoy-type dog. It is believed that this dog originated from the spaniel.

Between 1626 and 1679, the breed was developed to work in the duck decoys. The hunter would train his dog to lure the ducks into a “trap.” While the hunter would hide behind a series of “blinds,” he would signal his dog to walk along side the canal. Upon another signal from the hunter, the dog would then disappear behind the blinds, only to come out again at a different location. The quiet, playful dog would “lure” the ducks deeper into the canal or “pipe” with this weaving behavior. The white bushy tail of the dog would attract the curiosity of the ducks, which would continue swimming deeper into the “pipe.” Eventually the dog would lure the ducks all the way into the catching pen. The hunter would then take the captured ducks to market. By the 19th century, the duck decoy business had decreased significantly, though there are still a few working decoys found in Holland today. They are mostly used for research and tagging of ducks.

By the 1930s this lovely breed was nearly extinct. Through the devotion of M.C.S. Baroness van Hardenbroek, the breed was rediscovered. She began her breeding program in 1939. The Dutch Kennel Club officially recognized the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje in 1966.

Did You Know?

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is believed to be an ancestor of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
The Dutch keep a breeding registry to record all litters born starting in 1942. This also includes health information.
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje appeared on a Dutch cigarette card in the 1950s.
The first recorded litter born in the United States was in 1999.
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje had been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service program since 2004.
The AKC officially recognized the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje in 2018.
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are being used for search and rescue and as service dogs.

The Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARNCE

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a harmoniously built orange-red parti-colored small sporting dog of almost square body proportions. He moves with his head held high; in action, the well-feathered waving tail is carried level with, or above the topline. The ears may have black hair at the tips, the so-called earrings. The dog is presented with a natural, untrimmed coat. Visible scissoring or grooming, except for neatening the feet, is to be severely penalized.

HEAD

The head is of moderate length, fitting in with the general appearance, clean- cut, with flowing lines. Eyes – Almond-shaped, dark brown with a friendly, alert expression. Ears – Medium size, set above eye level but always lower than the top of the skull. The ears are carried close to the cheeks without a fold. Ear leather should easily reach the inner corner of the eye. Well feathered. Black hair tips (“earrings”) are highly desirable. Skull – Sufficiently broad, moderately rounded. Stop – Seen in profile clearly visible but not too deep. Muzzle – Should be a blunt wedge seen from above or in profile, not too deep, nor tapering too much. Well filled under the eye, creating a smooth transition from muzzle to skull. Planes (Muzzle & Skull) – Straight muzzle, almost parallel planes. Nose – Black and well developed. Lips – Preferably well pigmented, close fitting and not pendulous. Bite – Scissors bite. Complete dentition preferable. Level bite acceptable, but less desirable.

BODY

Neck – Medium length to balance body, clean-cut and strongly muscled. Topline – Smooth level line from the withers to hipbones with a slightly rounded croup. Chest – Reaching to the elbows with moderate spring of ribs. Underline – Slight tuck-up towards the loin. Back – Strong and straight, rather short. Loin – Short and broad, strongly muscled.

TAIL

Set on so as to follow the topline of the body. Well-feathered with a white plume. The last vertebra should reach the hock joint. When gaiting, carried level with the topline, with an upward curve or almost straight up. Not curling with a ring or circling over the back. When standing, the tail may be held downward.

FOREQUARTERS

Shoulders – Shoulder moderately angled in order to create a flowing line from neck to back. Upper Arm – Moderately angled to match layback of shoulder blade, which is of equal length. Forechest I Prosternum – Point of forechest should be slightly protruding beyond the point of the shoulder. Elbow – Close to the body. Legs – Straight and parallel, strong bone of sufficient density and length. Pastertics – Strong and slightly oblique. Forefeet – Small, slightly oval, compact, toes pointing forward.

COAT

Hair – Of medium length, close lying. May be slightly wavy or straight, but never curly or open. Soft, but with enough texture to be weather resistant. Functional undercoat. Front legs should have moderate feathering reaching to the pastern joints. Hind legs should have fairly long feathered breeches. No feathering below the hock joints. The coat on the head, the front part of the legs and the feet should be short. Sufficiently feathered on the underside of the tail. Longer hair on throat and forechest. Earrings (long feathered black hair tips) are highly desirable.

HINDQUARTERS

Angulation – Moderately angulated, to match forequarters. Seen from the rear, straight and parallel. Legs – Strong bone. Upper Thigh – well muscled. Second Thigh – length equal to upper thigh. Hock Joint – well let down. Hind Feet – Small, oval, compact, toes pointing forward.

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Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
White & Red Check Mark For Standard Color 214

Markings

Description Standard Markings Registration Code
Black Tips Check Mark For Standard Mark 053
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