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The Kooikerhondje is a spaniel type dog that is rapidly gaining popularity in the US (not yet an AKC breed). The breed almost went extinct after WWII. They are working dogs that were originally for duck hunting and tolling in the Netherlands. “They were used to lure and drive ducks into ‘kooien’ (cages in the form of canals with traps at the ends), where the hunter (the so called Kooiker) could easily catch the fowl.” (#1)

Kooiker’s are alert, happy dogs that seek to please their owners. They have waterproof coats (which help in duck hunting) that requires minimal maintenance.

In terms of health:

Here’s some more information on the Kooikerhondje courtesy of Animal Planet:


  1. Wikipedia – Kooikerhondje

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