Kooiker-like dogs are extremely common in Dutch paintings from the 1400s onwards. Do they depict Kooiker ancestors? Or are they symbolic?
Kooikers may be affected by gene mutations causing IVDD.
The Kooiker standard changed ahead of full recognition in AKC in 2018. What changed and how does that influence our interpretation of the ideal Kooiker?
What grooming is required for this breed?
Are Kooikers bird dogs? Or gun dogs? Or sporting dogs? What do these words mean in the context of a breed that is a spaniel but was not meant to work under a gun, and can Kooikers be redeployed to do more traditional bird dog work in the field?
You are a veterinarian or a new Kooiker owner bringing your dog to a veterinarian who has not met this breed – what do they need to know?
Owning a male dog that may be used as a stud dog is more complex than it seems, but the specifics are awkward for most to discuss. Here we dive right in!
Kooikers are like no other breed and a true understanding of their normal temperament and character seems to get lost among wishful thinking and assumptions.
Kooikerhondjes prior to 2018 had languished in AKC’s Miscellaneous Class. AKC has a program through which rare breeds have to clear their hurdles in order to receive full recognition: their Foundation Stock Service program. Rare breeds with an active club can apply to be FSS listed, and then they are eligible to compete in AKC’s
Frequently asked questions about the breed