Bit of a mouthful isn’t it – just call us Kooikers! We’re something of a newbie in the dog showing world. Native of the Netherlands, we were bred to help trap swimming ducks in nets. So we’re less than popular in the duck world. Us Kooikers were popular in the 17th and 18th century and appeared in the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. We almost became extinct after World War II until Barones van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol rescued us. Our breed is now steadily gaining popularity in the United States, Canada and Scandinavia, despite being still relatively unknown. There are currently believed to be less than one hundred Kooikers in the UK.
What do I look like?
We’re a little bit fox-like in the head, with significant feathering on our ears. We look full of vitality and ready for action, even when we’re not. We’d do a great job as promoters of dog food! Our eyes are brown and are a great window into our alert mind. Our coat is of medium length and can be slightly wavy or straight. Colour-wise it consists of red-orange patches on a white background. Our legs are strong and partly feathered and terminate in hare-shaped feet.
What do I need from you?
We’re a very compact dog, which makes us ideal for a variety of lifestyles and habitats. We can make a fine apartment dog if exercised regularly, but a fenced yard will be more ideal. Despite our high energy level, we are usually quiet when indoors. We need moderate walking as befits our heritage in the field. We’re a truly excellent swimmer so the opportunity to go for a paddle at regular opportunities would be great. We may come back with a duck or two mind you!
What I will give in return
We’re a very adaptable dog, able to change our behaviour from quiet to lively when the situation allows us to be. We may not always immediately take to strangers and instead choose to retreat. However, once we have warmed to someone, the trust will be there for life. We’re also regarded as cheerful, good natured, friendly, quiet, well-behaved, and alert.
How big will I get?
We only grow to around 14in (35cm) and weigh about 20lb (9kg). For a gun dog we are fairly small.
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