The Kooikerhondje (Dutch for "small cager dog") is a small spaniel-type breed of dog of Dutch ancestry that was originally used as a working dog, particularly in an eendenkooi (duck cage) to lure ducks. Kooikers were popular in the 17th and 18th century and appeared in the paintings of Rembrandt and Jan Steen. The breed is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States, Canada and Scandinavia, where it is still relatively unknown.
Also known as
This breed is also called Dutch Decoy Dog, Kooiker, Kooiker Dog, Kooiker Hound, Kooikerhond, Kooikerhondje, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje as well as Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog.
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