Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 8 - retrieving dogs, hunting dogs, water dogs.
The Kooikerhondje (Petit chien hollandais de chasse au gibier d’eau) was recognized only in 1966 by the Raad van Beheer, but this breed is actually very old. It can be seen depicted in paintings and frescoes by Jan Vermeer (1632 - 1675), Jan Sten (1626 - 1679) and other painters. At the time of its recognition, due to its small size, it was included among the companion dogs. Outside of Holland it is almost completely unknown.
Small dog. It is a hunting dog with a silhouette that inscribes itself roughly in a square. It is a small Epagneul.
Works effectively in hunting aquatic game. He is a true little hunting dog. He has a very cute character. He is cheerful, but without being rowdy. Very dependent on the environment in which he lives. He is sociable, sweet and very alert. A valid hunter of mice and other rodents as well. It can also live very well at home. It does not require special care and special grooming.
Kooikerhondje (photo www.dooziedog.com)
Kooikerhondje (photo www.ourdogs.co.uk)
Kooikerhondje puppies (photo http://rosewoodkooikers.virginiajournal.org)
Height: from 35 to 40 cm at the withers.
Trunk: inscribed in a square. Well proportioned and of the right length.
Head and muzzle: with the right relationship between skull and muzzle.
Truffle: always black in color. Nostrils well open.
Teeth: complete and correct teeth. Scissor joint.
Neck: rather robust and well proportioned.
Ears: medium in size, they are attached immediately below a line that goes from the end of the nose to the corner of the eye, falling and adhering to the cheeks. They must not have white shades and the tip is preferably black.
Eyes: they are almond-shaped, dark brown in color, with friendly and attentive expression.
Limbs: perfectly straight and with good musculature.
Shoulder: of right inclination.
Gait: rapid and with excellent push from the rear.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: carried cheerfully horizontal, never rolled up. Well fringed, it has a white plume.
Hair: medium length, smooth or slightly wavy, not curled and well adherent to the body. The undercoat is well developed.
Allowed colors: white background with streaks of color ranging from orange to more or less light or fawn red. White streaked black dogs or tricolor dogs are not allowed. White head with orange to red cheeks.
Most common defects: any deviation from the above is to be considered a defect, it is therefore to be penalized according to gravity.
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