Kooikerhondje is a small breed of spaniel-type dog originating from the Netherlands. Their most distinguishing feature is their eyes, which have an almost sorrowful expression. They are often used to lure ducks into the traps set by hunters.
Training and Care
Kooikerhondjes are sensitive and intelligent dogs that are eager to please. Proper socialization and training should start as early as possible and consistent positive reinforcement with treats and praise is important for successful training. They should also be taken for daily walks and have access to a safe outdoor area to help them remain fit and healthy.
Diet and Nutrition
Kooikerhondjes should be fed a high-quality, grain-free diet that is appropriate for their age and activity level. It is important to monitor their weight and adjust the food amount accordingly to keep them from becoming overweight.
Kooikerhondjes can be prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and patellar luxation. They should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year and undergo regular eye exams.
Kooikerhondjes were developed in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century. They were used to lure ducks into traps set by hunters, and they are still popular in their homeland today. They became recognized by the AKC in 2011.
Where to Buy or Adopt
Kooikerhondjes can be purchased from a responsible breeder or adopted from a rescue or shelter. The average cost for a puppy from a breeder ranges between $1,000-$2,500.