Kooikers may be affected by gene mutations causing IVDD.
There are currently five health tests required for American Kooikerhondjes to earn their CHIC number and thus be “fully health tested.” Here is how to do them and how to interpret them.
Kooikers are NOT a typical “color breed” – the breed standard describes them as an orange and white dog with black pigment – but there are color genetics at play!
What do Kooikerhondjes and Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) have in common? Not much on the surface, but as it turns out, they share aspects of their history, genetics and population dynamics that may be illuminating in the pursuit of breed preservation – the domestic cousin of conservation.
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?
In an attempt to rescue the breed’s genetic diversity, an outcross program was initiated in 2020 in Finland – why and how will this work?
How do we research Kooiker pedigrees? Who keeps that info and how can we access it?
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!
All Kooikerhondjes are very closely related. How do we determine and track this, and what is being done to lessen risk?