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Kooikerhondje

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 colors, and are beautifully feathered.

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

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

Breed specifics

Country
The Netherlands
Group
FCI Group 8
Size category
Medium
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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