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Kooikerhondje adult in black and white


This outstanding water dog is an old breed with a history going back to the 17th century, although it almost disappeared completely.

About the Kooikerhondje

Kooikerhondjes are a very energetic sporting dog still used today in duck decoys. They have shiny coats with bold colours, and are beautifully feathered.

Cheerful but not noisy, these spaniels are very dependent on the people they live with. They are characterised by sociability, gentleness and constant alertness.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

The Netherlands
FCI Group 8
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Calm / Lively / Agile / Confident / Loving / Alert / Quiet / Loyal / Friendly / Hard-working

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Needs little training

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