The Kooiker Hound or Kooikerhondje is a Dutch spaniel-type breed originally used for duck hunting and tolling. The breed peaked in popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries, but is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. and Canada. The breed was used during its earlier days to drive ducks into canals called koois where the hunters could easily catch them
The Kooiker Hound stands 14 to 16 inches tall and weighs 20 to 24 pounds. It has a square body and an upright feathered tail. Its coat is generally bicolor – white and chestnut. It has long feathered ears generally tipped black. Its coat is wavy and waterproof with a well developed undercoat.
The breed is intelligent and active. It needs plenty of activity, but can adapt to varying levels of exercise. The Kooiker Hound is caring toward its family and can be territorial when it feels that itself or its family is threatened.
The breed may be prone to some health problems including obesity, von Willebrand’s disease, cataracts, patellar luxation, epilepsy, and hereditary necrotizing myleopathy.