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This rare breed originated in the Netherlands in the 1500s. Kooikerhondje's were used to decoy and hunt ducks. After World War II the Kooikerhondje became nearly extinct. In 1943 Baroness von Hardenbrock van Ammerstol began the arduous task of reviving this breed. Today they remain extremely rare and difficult to obtain.

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Seldom seen outside the Netherlands, the Kooikerhondje is a medium sized dog that has the appearance of a Spaniel or Setter. They are brave, versatile, and alert. The Kooikerhondje breed is highly adept at flushing and retrieving fowl.

Does your Kooikerhondje bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Kooikerhondje breed is lively, attentive, and good-natured. They are not recommended for homes with small or loud, boisterous children. They bond closely to their family and are reserved with strangers. The Kooikerhondje will do well with other pets they have been raised with. They make an excellent hunting companion or delightful family pet.
Kooikerhondje's require occasional brushing. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears. They are prone to such health issues as Epilepsy, Von Willebrand Disease, Eye Disorders, Patella Luxation, and Myelopathy.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Kooikerhondje is a double coat breed. The outer coat is water-proof, medium to long in length, sleek, and slightly wavy. The tail is bushy and there is feathering on the backs of legs, chest, and ears. The under coat is short and dense.
The Kooikerhondje is exceedingly sensitive and does not respond to loud, harsh, or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with kindness, fairness, patience, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Kooikerhondje puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Kooikerhondje breed is not recommended for apartment or city dwelling. They thrive on physical activity and do best in a rural setting with ample opportunity to run, roam, and hunt. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
20-24 lbs
14-16 inches
White and red, orange and white. The red or orange typically present in patches. The ears are tipped in black and the face is white blazed.



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Kooikerhondje Questions

what is the average price of a kooikerhondje?

$2500-3000. Typically there is a two year waiting list

Where can you buy Kooikerhondje dogs in Canada or USA?

The Kooikerhondje is a rare breed of dog and hard to find in both Canada and the U.S.A. Going to the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) and the AKC (American Kennel Club) and finding a breeder on their website is the best way to find a Kooikerhondje dog. Though you may be on a waiting list for a while, you could also look on the UKC (United Kennel Club) website and see if a breeder in Europe is willing to ship a puppy to you.

Check the AKC parent clubs (KCUSA) website Kooikerhondjeusa.org

Are Kooikerhondjes good companion dogs?

The Kooikerhondje is an amazing hunting dog and a great companion for one owner or a couple. The Kooikerhondje is very sensitive to the tone of voice and touch, so they can have a problem warming up to young children that are not dog savvy. However, they are loyal, sweet and very energetic; so if your family knows how to keep calm and are all dog savvy, the Kooikerhondje is a great match for you and your family.

I know these puppies are rare, but what is the typical cost of a Kooikerhondje pup?

Kooikerhondje pups are rare, here's something to think about, they cost $1000+ and there are only 5 breeders in the USA. So add on shipping costs.

Currently there are more than 5 breeders in the USA but they likely have a long waiting list

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