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Country/Date of Origin: Netherlands/1700s

This breed originates from an ancient type of spaniel developed before the invention of firearms. In those days dogs were used as decoys and cavorted on the beach to attract waterfowl (called tolling) so that hunters could throw nets over the birds. This is most likely the foundation breed for the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, which does much the same job in North America. The breed was cherished in Holland because it is said that one of these dogs foiled an assassination attempt on Prince William II of Orange by barking and awakening him in time. In spite of royal patronage, the breed was almost extinct by the end of World War II. A group of loyal fanciers re-established the breeding stock and the Kooikerhondje gained official recognition in the Dutch Kennel Club in 1971.

FCI Group: 8 (Sporting)

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Kooiker Dog

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • Similar in appearance to a small setter
  • Height: 14-16 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 20-24 pounds
  • The long, bushy tail is carried low and is not altered
  • The hanging ears are set high on the head and are not altered


  • Industrious and hard working
  • Very intelligent
  • Playful and active


  • The medium-length, wavy coat is soft and silky and lies close to the body
  • The color is white with patches of bright red. The sides of the head and ears should always be red
  • Moderate grooming required

Health Concerns:

  • Generally very healthy
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • Attracts water fowl by its jumping and playful antics so be prepared for plenty of activity and clowning around
  • This is an excellent companion dog
  • Will be difficult to find outside of the Netherlands

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