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The Breed's History:
The Kooikerhondje was developed in the Netherlands around the sixteenth century to be a tolling breed. 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.
The dogs that were used by the Kooiker for this kind of hunting technique, were referred to as the "Kooiker's hondjes" (literally: Kooiker's dogs). Eventually this led to this dog being called Kooikerhondje.
The breed almost became extinct after World War II until Baroness van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol rescued it.
The breed was only officially recognized by the Raad van Beheer, the Dutch Kennel Club, in 1971 and has since been imported into other countries and recognised officially.
The breed is still relatively unknown in North America and not yet recognized as a breed in the US or Canada, although it has been accepted into the AKC's FSS program and will be assigned into the Sporting Group upon full recognition. In the United States, both the UKC and ARBA recognize the breed.
In the UK, the breed has been removed from the import list and is now eligible to enter Crufts for the Best in Show award, despite there being only 76 of the breed in the UK.
In January 2013, the Kennel Club announced it was re-classifying the Kooikerhondje from the gundog group to the utility group effective from January 2014.
The decision was reached after discussions with the UK breed clubs and unanimous agreement was achieved.
Some historians believe the Kooikerhondje may have possibly played a part in the development of the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever.
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1 foot, 2 inch. to 1 foot, 4 inch. (35,6 to 40,6 cm)
20 to 25 pounds (9,07 to 11,34 Kg)
12 to 14 years
Potential Health Issues:
Von Willebrand's Disease,
Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy (ENM)
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