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Kooikerhondje Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Kooikerhondje so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginNetherlands flagNetherlands
Other Names
What other names does the Kooikerhondje have?
Nederlandse KooikerhondjeSmall Dutch Waterfowl DogKooiker Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Kooikerhondje Price and Availability

How much does the Kooikerhondje puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Kooikerhondje in the United States? How much money is a Kooikerhondje?

Where to buy a Kooikerhondje with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Kooikerhondje, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Kooikerhondje for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Kooikerhondje gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Kooikerhondje? How many Kooikerhondje are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Kooikerhondje Size

Is a Kooikerhondje small, medium or large dog?

How big do Kooikerhondje get?

What is the average size of a Kooikerhondje?

How much does the Kooikerhondje weigh? How much should a Kooikerhondje weight? What is the normal weight of a Kooikerhondje? How much does a full-grown Kooikerhondje weight?
20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Kooikerhondje?
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
How tall is the Kooikerhondje? Kooikerhondje height:
14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Kooikerhondje?
15 inches (38.5 cm)

Kooikerhondje Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Kooikerhondje have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Kooikerhondje coats?
Red White Orange
How to groom the Kooikerhondje and how often? How often should I take my Kooikerhondje to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Kooikerhondje is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Kooikerhondje dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje? Do Kooikerhondje dogs shed a lot?
Kooikerhondje dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Kooikerhondje need a bath? How often should you give a Kooikerhondje a bath? Can I bathe my Kooikerhondje every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Kooikerhondje Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Kooikerhondje have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Kooikerhondje? Is the Kooikerhondje breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Kooikerhondje ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Kooikerhondje dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Kooikerhondje?
Kooikerhondje dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Kooikerhondje is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Kooikerhondje sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Kooikerhondje dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Kooikerhondje a good family dog?
High: Kooikerhondje dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje need? Kooikerhondje social needs:
Kooikerhondje dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Kooikerhondje dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Nederlandse Kooikerhondje bark?
Average: The Kooikerhondje barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Kooikerhondje good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Kooikerhondje dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Kooikerhondje dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Kooikerhondje dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Kooikerhondje dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Kooikerhondje bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Kooikerhondje? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Kooikerhondje has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Kooikerhondje has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Kooikerhondje? How much bite force does a Kooikerhondje have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Kooikerhondje bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Kooikerhondje, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Kooikerhondje do?
Kooikerhondje dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Kooikerhondje dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Kooikerhondje to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Kooikerhondje roam?
Kooikerhondje dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Kooikerhondje have high prey drive?
Kooikerhondje dogs 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Kooikerhondje good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Kooikerhondje in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Kooikerhondje indoors.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Kooikerhondje dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Kooikerhondje be left alone? How long can you leave a Kooikerhondje alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Kooikerhondje Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Kooikerhondje temperament with other people:
Kooikerhondje dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Kooikerhondje dogs get along with other pets? Are Kooikerhondje dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Kooikerhondje dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Kooikerhondje dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Kooikerhondje temperament with children:
Kooikerhondje dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Kooikerhondje dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Kooikerhondje breed live with a cat?
Kooikerhondje dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Kooikerhondje good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Kooikerhondje dogs get along with other dogs?
Kooikerhondje dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Kooikerhondje breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Kooikerhondje breed suitable for first-time owners?
Kooikerhondje dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Kooikerhondje dogs good office canines? Do Kooikerhondje dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Kooikerhondje dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje temperament with senior people? Are Kooikerhondje dogs good for elderly owners?
Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.

Kooikerhondje Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Kooikerhondje dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Kooikerhondje is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Kooikerhondje breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Kooikerhondje breed? Most common health risks of Kooikerhondje:
CataractsLuxating PatellaVon Willebrand's DiseaseEpilepsyKidney IssuesHereditary Necrotising MyelopathyMyositis
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Kooikerhondje breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Kooikerhondje see the vet?
The Kooikerhondje should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Kooikerhondje dogs live? How old can a Kooikerhondje be? What is the age limit of the Kooikerhondje? How many years can the oldest Kooikerhondje live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Kooikerhondje?

How long is the lifespan of a Kooikerhondje?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Kooikerhondje: 13 years
Is the Kooikerhondje breed hypoallergenic?
Kooikerhondje dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Kooikerhondje have? What is the activity level of the Kooikerhondje?
Kooikerhondje dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Kooikerhondje need? How much exercise do Kooikerhondje dogs require per day?

Do Kooikerhondje dogs need a lot of exercises?

Kooikerhondje dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Kooikerhondje breed need?
Kooikerhondje dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Kooikerhondje need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Kooikerhondje breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Kooikerhondje? How much food should I feed my Kooikerhondje?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Kooikerhondje risk for obesity:
Average: The Kooikerhondje has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Kooikerhondje weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Kooikerhondje has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Kooikerhondje drool?
The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Kooikerhondje could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Kooikerhondje.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Kooikerhondje As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Kooikerhondje is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Kooikerhondje be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Kooikerhondje is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Kooikerhondje is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Kooikerhondje is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a boat dog?

Not really

Kooikerhondje breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Kooikerhondje be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Kooikerhondje is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Kooikerhondje dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Kooikerhondje Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Kooikerhondje pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Kooikerhondje breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Kooikerhondje: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Kooikerhondje have in a litter? How many puppies can the Kooikerhondje breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Kooikerhondje have? How many puppies can a Kooikerhondje give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Kooikerhondje Recognition

AKC Group
Is Kooikerhondje recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2018 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Kooikerhondje recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Kooikerhondje breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Rare Breed AssociationFoundation Stock Service

Kooikerhondje Pros and Cons

  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Kooikerhondje doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Kooikerhondje is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Kooikerhondje dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Kooikerhondje dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Kooikerhondje dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Kooikerhondjes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Kooikerhondje dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Kooikerhondje dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Office Friendly: Kooikerhondje is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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