Kooikerhondje At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Foundation Stock Service: Sporting); FCI (Flushing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)


Medium. Weight: 20–24 lbs est. Height: 14–16 inches


Feathery and waterproof.


Orange-Red color patches on White

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This dog breed is sometimes called the Dutch decoy dog.

Kooikerhondje Overview

The Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type dog from the Netherlands designed for hunting. They get their name after the kooi, or a trap used to catch ducks. The breed would herd the ducks toward traps to be caught. They feature a feathery brown and white coat would help to attract the ducks during hunting.


Kooikerhondje Characteristics

They feature a look similar to that of a Brittany spaniel, but are much smaller in size. They make great family companions due to their loyal and affectionate nature. They can be both calm indoors and then have a burst of energy when outside doing fun activities.


Kooikerhondje Temperament

Both loyal and affection, this dog makes a great family companion. While they may be wary of strangers, they do not act antisocial or aggressive. These dogs make a great pet for those who love to be outdoors and indoors, as the breed easily transitions for outdoor activity to calmly sleeping indoors with his family.


Kooikerhondje Care

12 to 14 years is the average lifespan of this breed, typical of other dogs his size. They have a few breed health concerns including von Willebrand’s, a bleeding disorder, cataracts, epilepsy, hereditary necrotizing myelopathy and patellar luxation. Proper preventive veterinary care and mindful breeding can help reduce the incidence of these diseases.

Norwegian Lundehund


Kooikerhondje Coat

The coat of this breed is feathery and waterproof, making it ideal for activity outdoors. Weekly brushing is enough to keep their coats healthy and free of mats. The long feathery coat should be inspected to keep it free of burrs and other debris.


Kooikerhondje Training

Positive training and reward based training are the best for this breed. Repetition and reward for appropriate behaviors can help curb his energy. Keeping him occupied and channeling his energy into fun rewarding tasks will lead to a happy and well-behaved dog.


Kooikerhondje Activity

Lots of physical activity is needed to keep them happy. Mental stimulation and activity together will help prevent boredom and keep the breed from getting into destructive behaviors. Traditional activities such as hunting, field trials or even long hikes will be enough activity to keep the Kooikerhondje calm indoors.

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