The Kooikerhondje is a medium-sized compact dog with a striking white and orange-red coat and originates from Holland.

Kooikerhondje Breed Group


Size of the Kooikerhondje


Colour Varieties of the Kooikerhondje

The breed comes in just a handful of colours and markings that include:

  • Red & White
  • White & Orange
  • White With Red

Country of Origin


The Kooikerhondje’s uses through History

The Kooikerhondje was originally used to hunt ducks. Its striking coat and tail attracted swimming ducks, which were then lured into nets.

Kooikerhondje Breed Introduction and Overview

The Kooikerhondje is also known as the Kooiker Hound, Small Dutch Waterfowl dog or the Dutch Decoy Dog. It’s small to medium sized compact dog, with a striking coat and resembles a Spaniel. The colourful coat is embellished with soft, silky featherings on the ears, backs of legs, abdomen and the tail. It’s a lively, alert dog with a high level of intelligence. They can be a little sensitive and shy when confronted with new situations. The Kooikerhondje is prone to obesity, so portion sizes should be carefully monitored.

Size and weight of the Koikerhondje

Height bitch 35-40cms

Height dog 37-42cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 9-18kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 9-18kgs

Exercise requirements of the Kooikerhondje

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. The Kooikerhondje loves water and enjoys swimming. This lively and alert dog is ideally suited to a physically active owner.

Kooikerhondje temperament

The breed is affectionate, non-aggressive and often good with children. Early socialisation is essential to prevent unwanted behaviour, and should be ongoing through its life. Kooikerhondjes are sensitive and all harsh training methods should be avoided. Care should be taken around cats and contact with other smaller pets avoided.

Is the Kooikerhondje a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No, this is an advanced breed that is ideally suited to an experienced owner.

Kooikerhondje coat length

The glossy coat is medium length with longer  featherings on the ears, abdomen, chest, backs of legs and tail.

Grooming requirements of the Kooikerhondje

Medium. The coat requires regular grooming with a soft slicker brush, paying special attention to the featherings that can quickly tangle and become matted. Ears should be checked for food deposits after meal times as they can drag in food bowls.Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks, especially for frequent swimmers. The coat should not be clipped or shaved as this will make the coat dull. A professional groomer can thin and shape the featherings if they become too long.


No. The Kooikerhondje sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Kooikerhondje

There are a number of health problems that have been found in the breed, so do consult your breeder about the following known issues:

  • Von Willebrands disease
  • Cataracts
  • Luxating patella
  • Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Kooikerhondje

A healthy Kooikerhondje should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Kooikerhondje pedigree puppy price

No current information is available as litters are quite rare, with only 37 Kooikerhondje puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 5-7 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Kooikerhondje would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 10kgs will require around 185gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 15kgs will require around 237gms of complete dry food daily.

An average bitch weighing 10kgs will cost around £4.50 per week to feed.

An average dog weighing 15kgs will cost around £5.80 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the utility group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment