You Have Landed In The Right Place! Kooikers Rule!

Three kooikerhondjes. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

Three kooikerhondjes. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

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Why you should get to know us!

As a dog breed, the Kooikerhondje is big enough that you will be proud to have us by your side. Yet, we are small enough that we are easy to travel with and do not frighten kids.

Many people confuse kooikerhondjes with other breeds, like a King Charles Spaniel for instance. We may have some of their blood in our breed’s lineage, but we are a fiercely independent breed. We are Kooikerhondjes!

We ask that you explore our website and learn more about our breed, the Kooikerhondje. We know that we are the right dogs for that special owner!

Now you are probably asking yourself, “How do you pronounce Kooikerhondje?”

Excellent question.  We would try to tell you but it would come out something like, “Bark! Bark! Bark!”  Just kidding.  It is pronounced like this:

coy-ker-hund-che

Loyalty Says It All!

If there’s one word to describe the average Kooikerhondje, it’s “friendly”–provided that the Kooiker knows you well. Kooikerhondjes tend to be reserved with people or animals that they don’t have experience with, which can sometimes lead to problems with barking. Once the Kooikerhondje has had the opportunity to make your acquaintance, however, the dog will enthusiastically greet you, be entirely willing to learn from you, and will soak up any attention that you’re willing to give.  There’s a flip side to this general friendliness, of course: the problem of the Kooiker who isn’t taught from birth to enjoy the company of humans — as it is with any dog.

 

A Kooiker male at 1 year.

A Kooiker male at 1 year.

Kooikerhondjes in general, although enthusiastic, are also quite sensitive to the tone of people’s voice and to being touched–qualities that make them good watchdogs, but that can sometimes be problematic when the Kooiker is primarily being used as a family pet. Excessive shouting and brutal behavior can ruin the kooikerhondje.

 

Amica at 1.5 years old at Crissy Field, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

Amica at 1.5 years old at Crissy Field, San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

With time and training, the kooikerhondje and its human can participate in agility, search and rescue, and other outdoor activities like hunting.  The size and loyalty of the kooikerhondje allow for more freedom of travel than with other larger breeds.

 

Kooikerhondjes. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

Kooikerhondjes. Photo courtesy of Henna Palmunen

Once a Kooikerhondje knows his trainer and masters, he becomes loyal to the point of legend. Prince William of Orange owned a Kooikerhondje named Kuntze who, in addition to his many other valuable services, literally saved the Prince’s life by deliberately waking him up during an assassination attempt. While of course not everyone expects this level of usefulness from their Kooiker companion, the dogs still show this same basic quality of loyalty to those who train them and will aggressively bark at anyone who’s actively threatening you or your family–while remaining reserved yet fairly quiet to anyone who seems harmless, but who is as yet unknown to the dog

Toni von Chicostein a Kooikerhondje gets busted with a bagel

Toni von Chicostein busted with a bagel.