Kooikerhondje Breeders, Breed Club and History
The Dutch Kooikerhondje has a colourful history. He was introduced into Holland from Spain in the 16thC by Spanish soldiers who for 80 years occupied the Low Countries. Prince William of Orange had Kooikerhondje as a pet and it is reported that this dog saved him from an assassination attempt by the Spanish by waking him up and warning him. Following this incident, Prince William always kept one and they started to appear in paintings by the Dutch Masters. The Kooikerhondje is a smallish dog, about 35 – 40cm and 20 – 24lbs with a distinctively rich colouring. With a base colour of white he has clear orange-red patches, feathering on ears, throat and legs and a richly plumed tail. His function was as a decoy dog; these dogs lured wild ducks into the mouths of decoys – traps which become progressively smaller until the trap is sprung and the birds are netted. It is assumed that the waving plume of the tail as the dog ran back and forth triggers off some sort of response in the birds. The Kooikerhondje has only been in the UK since 1985, and specimens of the breed are quite hard to acquire from their native land, so it has not had a real opportunity to develop here. However, given the opportunity the Kooikerhondje could well become quite popular as he is a friendly, cheerful and neat little dog with a great fondness for human company.
Mrs Julia Swinburn Email 07999 517217
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.