The good-natured Kooikerhondje hunting dog breed is an affectionate family companion. It is suspected to be an ancestor of the Nova Scota Duck Tolling Retriever, which originated in Holland and was used to lure ducks into traps for hunting or marking. They still serve as hunting dogs, but also excel in other dog sports such as flyball. Although they are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescues. Remember to adopt. Don’t go shopping if you want to bring a dog home.kooikerhondjes have a lot of energy, so they will need plenty of exercise. Make sure your dog gets enough daily walks and consider training him for dog sports competitions, or just for fun. Beware of couch potatoes. These dogs will be much happier if you can provide them with the mental and physical stimulation they need.


No, the name does not translate as cookie dog, although he certainly enjoys them as much as any other breed. Originally from the Netherlands, this cheerful spaniel appears in paintings dating back to the 16th century. It served as a hunting dog, luring ducks within range so it could shoot or mark them, much like the Duck Tolling Retriever of Nova Scotia. In fact, the Kooiker is believed to be the ancestor of the Toller. Friendly, good-natured and alert, the Kooiker is an excellent family companion with watchdog skills, as well as an athletic ability that makes him a natural at games such as agility and flyball. As a retriever, he also enjoys playing fetch, especially in the water. His exercise needs are adaptable: A long, slow walk around the block or a strenuous hike will suit him just as well. He just needs to make sure he is conditioned before he begins intense exercise. Expect him to be reserved with strangers, but enthusiastically welcome friends and family. The Kooiker is intelligent and willing to learn, so take advantage of these traits and start training him early.