kooikerhundje breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

Cataracts describes the transparency of the lens in the eye.While cataracts are a common finding in older dogs, many breeds, including Cavaliers, have a genetic predisposition to juvenile cataracts, i.e., occurring in young animals. Hereditary cataracts can occur as early as six months of age and progress to complete loss of vision by two years old. The good news is that most affected lenses can be treated surgically. Cost of treatment: $1,500 to $3,000 per lens.

von Willebrand's Disease is a blood clotting defect. There are three subcategories of the disease that vary in severity, and a blood test is available to measure the amount of von Willebrand factor (which aids with clotting) in the blood. This is recommended in all susceptible breeds prior to surgery to prevent possibly fatal consequences.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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