Believed to be an ancestor of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is a loving, affectionate, friendly, sharp, and sweet natured dog that makes a wonderful family companion. If you are considering this breed, the following information will help you decide if a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje would be a good fit for your family.
In terms of size, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes are small to medium sized dogs, standing 15-16 inches high and weighing around 20-30 pounds. The average lifespan of a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is 12-15 years.
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes are quite playful and highly affectionate with family members. They get along well with other dogs and can be patient and tolerant of young children provided they are socialized around kids and other animals as puppies.
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes are quite friendly with strangers and make moderately good watchdogs. This is an adaptable breed that can adjust to changing routines. Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes are an excellent choice for apartment dwellers and a reasonably good choice for first-time dog parents. Keep in mind that Nederlandse Kooikerhondje are sensitive and do not like to be left alone.
It is fairly easy to train a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje because this dog is smart, responsive, and eager to please. However, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes do have a strong prey drive and need to be trained early during puppyhood to ensure they grow up into well-mannered adults.
Prospective owners of Nederlandse Kooikerhondje should know that they have high energy levels and are quite easily bored. Ensuring that a Nederlandse Kooikerhondje gets enough exercise on a daily basis is vital to keep this dog happy and healthy. The barking level of this breed is moderate.
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje’s medium length, wavy, double coat requires occasional grooming and bathing. It sheds a fair bit though. These dogs can drool on occasion but not excessively so.
All in all, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is an upbeat, cheerful, active, confident, and sweet natured dog that is sporty when outdoors and easygoing when at home.
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