General Facts :

These dogs have unique coats that take even 2 years to fully develop but are easy to take care of as only regular brushing is needed. A 4-6 months old Kooikerhondje will lose its baby teeth which will be replaced with adult teeth. The male dogs are sexually capable at the age of 9 months while the bitches come in their first heat between 6-12 months. These dogs are quite affectionate, perfect for the family life as they love children and like being around them.

They have the tendency to be reserved with strangers so early socialization is imperative in order to prevent problems. The Kooikerhondje is an intelligent and sensitive dog that has a strong character; that’s why it needs both consistent and firm training using a soft voice ( yelling at the dog will do more harm rather than good ). Speaking of training, they should start the training process at an early age and if possible, make it as fun as you can, to get the dog’s attention.

Origin :

Recognized officially on June 18, 1966 these dogs have a long history behind them, as a matter of fact, you can see them in many paintings dating back from the 16 th and 17 th century. The breed almost became extinct after the second world war as the duck stocks were almost empty.

Dimensions :

Height : Between 14 and 16 inches ( approximately 36 to 41 centimeters )
Weight : Between 20 an 40 pounds ( approximately 9 to 18 kilos )

Additional Information :

The Kooikerhondje is an agile and active dog with a benevolent nature but they can be extremely territorial and will likely bark at strangers. Known for their swimming abilities, these dogs are able to adapt to various levels of exercising. Kooikers have a very good appetite and they have the tendency to put on weight easily. They have long and hanging ears with wispy tips that are called earrings which are set close to the head.

Regarding their health problems, they have a relatively small genetic base that is why hereditary diseases are somewhat prevalent, for example: von Willebrand’s disease ( a blood clotting disorder ), cataracts, patellar luxation, epilepsy and hereditary nectrotizing myelopathy ( a degenerative disease, similar with multiple sclerosis ). Their coats are shiny and bi-colored ( predominantly white and chestnut ) while their fur is medium in length and slightly straight or wavy. Their life expectancy is around 13 years.

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