Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog

Other names: Kooikerhondje, Dutch duck dog

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The Small Dutch waterfowl hunting dog is a harmoniously built dog, almost as long as it is high (height at the withers) and therefore inscribable in a square, with a high head carriage and full of nobility. The gait of the Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog is characterized by harmonious, elastic and well-elongated movements.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Netherlands
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 10 kg to 15 kg From 35 cm to 40 cm
Male From 10 kg to 15 kg From 35 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The breed of the Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog was somewhat lost sight of until the 1940s , when a passionate Dutch breeder decided to relaunch it; Baroness Van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol has brought litters to Tommy , a dog carefully selected by her after long research. Its breeding thus served as the basis for the restart of this variety.

Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Both at work and with the family, the Little Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog shows remarkable enthusiasm and joie de vivre. Traditionally used in duck beds for duck hunting, it is appreciated for its great activity, agility, confidence, determination and resistance. The Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog is loyal, cheerful and very pleasant to live with his master and those close to him.

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The Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog being naturally very active, it requires early education based on its taste for work and learning. Rewards and encouragement help him to quickly integrate the basic commands, then the exercises a little more advanced. You should never use brutality towards it.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Little Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog adapts to all living environments, including in the city, but he will always prefer to enjoy a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

The Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog is a strong dog , well protected against humidity thanks to its double coat. There is no predisposition to any particular disease or abnormality in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 7 puppies

Major concerns
Patella dislocation
Minor concerns
Von Willebrand disease
Necrotizing myelopathy
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends dog insurance for Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Small Dutch Waterfowl Hound is, on average, between 12 and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Small Dutch Waterfowl Hound is easy to maintain , requiring only basic care , but to be provided on a regular basis.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to remove dead hair and preserve its beautiful natural appearance, which should not be altered by intensive grooming.

Inspect the inside of his ears, hair and pads after outings, and trim his nails when they get too long. His teeth need to be brushed frequently in order to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
2000 €

The purchase price of a Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog is between € 1000 and € 2000.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 350
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Small Dutch Waterfowl Hunting Dog is between € 350 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Small Dutch Waterfowl Hound needs long daily walks to exercise. He can’t stand being inactive for too long.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1990


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