Kooikerhondje

Kooikerhondje

Dog in the grass

The Kooikerhondje is a Dutch breed stemming back to the 1500’s. They are also known as Dutch Decoy Dogs and were traditionally used to drive ducks into a trap where the hunter could easily get them. Their name comes from the hunter, who was called Kooiker. The dogs were called the Kooiker’s hondjes – the Kookier’s dogs – and this became the name of the breed. Most Kooikerhondje require a Medium PlexiDor dog door.

These dogs are known for being cheerful, well behaved, friendly, and eager to please. They make great family dogs who adapt quickly and have the ability to chage behavior from quiet to lively as the situation calls for it.

Since they are a hunting breed, they love outdoor life and need exercise to stay healthy and happy. They need a daily long walk or jog. Even though they can be happy in an apartment, they prefer a fenced in back-yard. Just like all working dogs, the Kooikerhondje gets bored easily, and they require stimulation. It’s much better to give them a task than allow them to make up some form of “work” of their own.

They usually reach a height of 14-16 inches, and can weigh up to 40 lbs. The average life span is 12-14 years.

Today, they’re often used as service dogs, and for search and rescue. They also excel at agility and obedience. Kooikers are believed to be ancestors to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

The PlexiDor MEdium is the right size dog door for Kooikerhondje.

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