kooikerhundje breed information
common health issues
Also known as the Dutch Decoy Dog, the Kooikerhondje originated in the Netherlands in the 1500s. His name gives away his profession: “Kooikers” were duck hunters who used a particular kind of trap (called a “kooi”), and “hond” is the Dutch word for “dog”. He was originally trained to lure ducks into traps while his master hid in a blind.
Though not often used for this purpose anymore, he can still be found helping with the researching and tagging of native ducks. The breed would have been lost during World War II when duck stocks dwindled, but for the efforts of some particularly tenacious breeders.
The Kooikerhondje is rare in the United States, but he is steadily gaining ground – and for good reason. This medium-sized red and white dog is cheerful and lively. For a working breed, he adapts surprisingly well to apartment living, provided that he is given an outlet for his energy. The breed as a whole is kind and intelligent, making him easily trained and great for the whole family.
Cheerful disposition aside, Kooikerhondjes is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Kooikerhondjes are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts; knee problems such as patellar luxation; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; and kidney conditions such as renal dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Kooikerhondje inherits more than a fondness for ducks, your pocketbook will be protected.