The Kooikerhondje has a compact body that is covered with liver-colored patches on its white coat. The breed has sturdy frame that is supported by straight front legs and angled back legs. The neck is well developed and transitions straight down to the shoulders without any angulation. Its head is large and has a definite stop. The ears are set high on the head and hang down close to the face. The breed’s chest is deep and broad. The rib cage is well sprung. Its tails is set parallel with its back.


The Kooikerhondje is definitely a dog for people. It is sociable, loyal, and protective. The breed can make a good companion for children, as long as it has been properly trained. It is not so pleasant with other dogs in its household, but should not react aggressively when in the company of other dogs. The breed is a much better pet when it is trained as a puppy and raised with any children and/or pets that will exist in the same household.

Height and Weight

The Kooikerhondje stands about 14-16 inches tall and weighs about 20-40 pounds.

Health Problems

The Kooikerhondje is generally a healthy breed. There are a few health problems associated with this breed. Von Willebrandt Disease is a bleeding condition that some types may develop. Before purchasing a Kooikerhondje puppy, it is a good idea to make sure it has been tested for Von Willebrandt Disease. The breed is also susceptible to develop cataracts and patella luxation.

Ideal Living Conditions

The ideal living conditions for the Kooikerhondje is one with a significant amount of space. This will enable the breed to get the exercise it needs. It can easily adapt to smaller spaces as long as it has ample opportunities for exercise.


The Kooikerhondje is an active breed that should not be kept on a leash. The breed enjoys freedom to run. If it does not obtain sufficient exercise, the breed can become bored and destructive. Physical exercise, such as running and mental training can satify the breed’s need for exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Kooikerhondje has a life expectancy of 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The Kooikerhondje generally has 3 puppies.


Only a minimal amount of grooming is required for the Kooikerhondje. The main concern with this breed is keeping any fur that sheds away from the coat so it doesn’t become tangled. A comb or brush will help to maintain the breed’s coat.


The Kooikerhondje is an ancient breed of the Netherlands. The breed enjoyed a surge of popularity




The Kooikerhondje is usually brown or white. Types that have a predominately white coat have brown markings. Types that have a coat this is mostly brown typically have white markings.