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Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund" Compare Kooikerhondje and Lowchen. Which is better: Kooikerhondje or Lowchen or Swedish Vallhund?
Name Kooikerhondje Lowchen Swedish Vallhund
OriginsNetherlands Spain Germany France Netherlands Sweden
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity Rank413169149
Reviews112
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Other Names Kooiker Dog, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog Lowchen, Petit Chien Lion, Little Lion Dog, Little Lion Västgötaspets
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2018 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2007 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. United Kennel Club American Rare Breed Association Foundation Stock Service American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $600-$800 $5000-$8000 $500-$600

General Appearance - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg) Male: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 11-15 pounds (5-7 kg) 25-35 pounds (11-15 kg)
Avg. Weight 30 pounds (13.5 kg) Male: 15.5 pounds (7 kg), Female: 13 pounds (6 kg) 30 pounds (13 kg)
Height 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm), Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm) 12-16 inches (30-40 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 13.5 inches (34 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm) 14 inches (35 cm)

Hair & Care - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Coat Waterproof Wavy Thick Straight Dense Silky Wavy Harsh Thick
Colors White Red Orange Black Tan Brown Blue Red Silver White Grey Gray White Red Blue Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Swedish Vallhund requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Kooikerhondjes shed moderately.
Lowchens shed none to minimal.
Swedish Vallhunds are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Temperament Alert Intelligent Loving Territorial Cheerful Lively Going Active Friendly Playful Familiar Happy Alert Fearless Watchful Energetic Friendly
Intelligent Rank
Average: Kooikerhondje's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Kooikerhondjes are quite easy to train.
Lowchens are easy to train.
Swedish Vallhunds are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Kooikerhondje is a highly playful breed.
Lowchens, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Swedish Vallhunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Lowchens have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Swedish Vallhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Kooikerhondjes are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Lowchens are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Swedish Vallhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Kooikerhondjes need for social interaction is average.
Lowchens need a lot of social interaction.
Swedish Vallhunds are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Kooikerhondje barks occasionally.
High: The Lowchen is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Swedish Vallhund is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Kooikerhondjes are good watchdogs.
Lowchens are average watchdogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Kooikerhondjes strongly protect their territory.
Lowchens strongly protect their territory.
Swedish Vallhunds are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Kooikerhondje has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Lowchen has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Vallhund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Kooikerhondjes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Lowchens have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish Vallhunds have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Kooikerhondjes have average wanderlust potential.
Lowchens have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Swedish Vallhunds have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Kooikerhondjes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Lowchens don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Swedish Vallhunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Lowchens are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Kooikerhondjes adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Lowchens adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Swedish Vallhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Lowchens tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Swedish Vallhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Stranger Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Lowchens are very stranger friendly dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are kid-friendly dogs.
Lowchens are kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards cats.
Lowchens are very cat-friendly dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Lowchens are average friendly towards other dogs.
Swedish Vallhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Lowchen is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Swedish Vallhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Lowchens are usually recommended for elderly people.
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Kooikerhondjes are generally with other pets.
Lowchens are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Kooikerhondjes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Lowchens are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Swedish Vallhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Kooikerhondje breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Lowchen breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Swedish Vallhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Health Issues
The Kooikerhondje is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Lowchens tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Swedish Vallhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Cataracts Epilepsy Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy Kidney Issues Luxating Patella Myositis Von Willebrand's Disease Cataracts Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Retinal Dysplasia Skin Allergies Spina Befida
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 13-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Kooikerhondjes have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Lowchens have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Swedish Vallhunds are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Kooikerhondjes need quite a lot of exercise.
Lowchens have an average exercise need.
Swedish Vallhunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Kooikerhondjes are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Lowchens sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Swedish Vallhunds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kooikerhondje can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Vallhund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Kooikerhondje has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Lowchen has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Vallhund has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Lowchen is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Vallhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Kooikerhondje vs Lowchen vs Swedish Vallhund

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-7 puppies 3-6 puppies 4-8 puppies

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