The breed

General characterisation

The Kooikerhondje is originally a working dog: he is the assistant of his boss, guardian of house and property, and destroyer of mice and rats. It is a kind, happy and lively dog, attentive and intelligent and always willing to work for his boss.

Rennende kooiker

At home the Kooikerhondje shows a huge adaptability, he can be quiet and unobtrusive, but he can also be playful and full of live. He is always very watchful, but only comes into action when there is a good reason for it.

When he has got the freedom to move (without a leash for example) he has a high pace of movement, is light-footed, with a tale that is permanently waving.
He is quite sensitive for noise and screaming. He does not get along with everybody. In the beginning he can be a bit reserved towards strangers, children and other dogs.

He will probably flee or growl when he feels insecure, depending on his spirit. But once he has accepted someone, it is the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Snuffelende kooikers


Shoulderheight: 35-40 centimetres. Average long, nice contiguous growth of hair. Colour: White with orange-red. Almond shaped dark brown eyes with a friendly expression. The ears, which are long-haired, are worn against the cheeks; black hair at the bottom of the ear is desirable. Fringed tale with a white plume. Character: Friendly, but not too noisy, very fond of his own environment, friendly, kind-hearted and attentive.

Reu en teef


A male dog is normally bigger than a bitch. There is not a big difference in character. Of course a bitch is in season every once in a while.

The Kooikerhondje is always moulting, but a bitch is normally moulting more than a male dog.

A male dog is normally more firm when it comes to character, but he also tends to act like the boss. But this is easy to avoid with a consistent approach.