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24 Aug 2000

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Name of breed: Kooikerhondje
Class: Gundogs
Recognized: FCI
Size: Height at shoulders: about 38cm (15in). 
Weight:9-10.8kg (20-24lb).
Coat: Moderately long and slightly wavy; feathering on chest, legs and tail.
Colors: Clear white with red patches.

This breed is also known as the Kooiker Dog or Duck-decoy Dog. Its Dutch name means “dog belonging to the Kooiker”, the person in charge of the duck decoy. It is a fairly old breed, native to the Netherlands, whose job is was to draw ducks out of their cover by walking of a dyke that was covered with netting. When the ducks investigated, the dyke was closed. Since the Second World War, efforts have been made to improve its breeding, and it has recently been introduced into the United Kingdom.

Character and care

The Kooikerhondje is an intelligent, affectionate dog, which is lively but not over-excitable. A good companion dog, it is a handy size for a household pet. It needs plenty of exercise and daily brushing.

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