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A very attractive small/medium-sized dog, the Kooiker dog holds his head proudly and is slightly longer than he is tall, with adult dogs standing at 35-40cm and weighing 9-11kg. He has a medium-length coat that is straight or slightly wavy and is white with orange-red patches. The ears are tipped with black and have longer hair, known as 'earrings'.

12-14 years
9 - 11 kg
35 - 40 cm
Bright white with rich orange-red patches
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left alone with training
Generally healthy breed

The Kooikerhondje breed can suffer from:
- Patellar luxation¹
- Hereditary necrotising myelopathy which is a serious disease affecting the spinal cord which can result in paralysis.
- Von Willebrand's disease² () which is where a dog produces insufficient or faulty clotting factors which can result in uncontrolled bleeding.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹L. Evers, 'Inherited disorders and harmful breed characteristics in the Belgian Malinois, English Cocker Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog and Dutch Kooiker Dog in the Netherlands', 2014, Masters thesis, Utrecht University
²B. A. van Oost et al, 'DNA testing for type III von Willebrand disease in Dutch Kooiker dogs', June 2008, Journal of Internal Veterinary Medicine 


Friendly, alert, intelligent and good natured with people, the Kooiker can be aloof with those they do not know well, but loving and loyal to their family. Early socialisation working on keeping their attention around other dogs is vital as they can be unfriendly or even argumentative. However, they love training and being given challenges and problems to solve.  

Did you know?

In the UK the Kooikerhondje was originally placed in the Gundog group along with the other duck decoy breed, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. However, when they came off the import register, and after some discussion with breed clubs and breeders, it was decided to move them to the Utility group, because Kooikerhondjes do not work to the gun - instead they lure ducks into netted traps, and therefore they cannot be considered a gundog. 

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