Country of OriginNetherlands
Nicknames and Other NamesKooiker Dog, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog,
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSporting Group
Bred Forluring ducks
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, KC
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal Weight20-30 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 15-17 inches
Female: 14-16 inches
Fur Typemedium length, dense, slightly wavy or
straight, close-lying
Common ColorsWhite and Red
MarkingsBlack Tips
AvailabilityModerately available
AchievementsAppears in paintings of Dutch masters
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToNova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is small, good-natured dogs which makes an amazing family pet.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a Dutch dog breed which looks like a Spaniel. Its name is pronounced as Netherlands-e Coy-kerhondtsje, or Kooker for short.


The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje dogs came from Holland and were bred as hunting dogs. They were used to lure ducks into traps for hunting or tagging. They excel at dog sports such as flyball.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje was developed during the 16th century. They were extremely popular during the 17th and 18th century and were often described in painting.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Yes, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are child-friendly dogs. They are very gentle and patient around kids which makes them great playmates of children.

They enjoy playing being home and playing games with kids. Although any interaction between younger children and other dogs need well supervised by an adult to ensure playtimes does become boisterous.

Temperament, Personality and BehaviorT

The temperament of Nederlandse Kooikerhondje dogs are friendly, quiet, well-behaved. They are generally happy, kind and lively dogs. They are also attentive and intelligent who has an inborn desire to please its owner.

They are easily adaptable dogs who are always well-behaved and does great with new situations. These dogs have a unique quality, they can change its behavior from quite to lively when the situation allows them to be.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Are Hunters
The Kooikerhondje Image Via AKC

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a small and fleshy dog with a gentle and loyal personality. They do not always get well with strangers but since they are familiar with them they make the best companions. These dogs are suitable for apartment life.


The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a medium energy level dogs and is highly trainable dogs who enjoy the one-to-one activity they are given during training. However, they are small in size so they need to be handled gently and firmly so they understand who the alpha dog is in a household.

The dogs are quite sensitive by nature so they do not respond well to harsh training or correction. They do answer very well to training that has rewards and positive reinforcement. If you are able to give them a successful training, then these dogs brings out the best ones in them.


Here are some facts about Nederlandse Kooikerhondje:

  • They are very popular in their native Holland although they are rarely seen in the UK.
  • The breed was originally bred to be an all-purpose working dog
  • They are highly adaptable dogs who can be seen in working in all types of activities.
  • They are known to be perfect duck decoy dogs

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesEpilepsy, Hip Dysplasia,
Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy,
Myositis, Von Willebrand’s Disease,
Cataracts, Kidney Disease
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parvovirus, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Rabies,
Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Canine Parainfluenza
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 8%
Digestive Enzymes
Fish Oil

Some common health issues about Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are:

  • Hip Dysplasia: An abnormal formation in the hip socket.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease: Blood cloying disorder in dogs.
  • Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy (HNM/ENM) – If your dogs seems yo suffer this disease, they should be DNA tested.


The Nederlandse Kooikerhonje are found in only red and white color.


The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje gives birth to 5-7 puppies at a time. The average price of these puppies is $600-$800 USD.

Which Dogs Are They Similar To?

Dogs similar to Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are:

  • Keeshond
  • Dutch Shepher
  • Drentse Patrijshond
  • Frisian Water Dog

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