The Kooikerhondje belongs to an old, Dutch breed. Kooikerhondjes have been around in the Netherlands since the 17th century.
In 1966 the kooikerhondje was officially recognised by the "Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch gebied in Nederland" and in 1971 the breed standard was finally accepted (F.C.I. Breed Standard nr.314)
From origin the kooikerhondje is a working dog: assistant to the "kooibaas" or boss of the duck decoy. There are in the Netherlands some 100 duck decoys, most of them nowadays used for scientific purposes. In some of them the kooikerboss still works with kooikerhondjes. Apart from that the kooikerhondje is watch keeper of premises and chases on rats, moles and mice.
The little "spioen" has a harmonic body shape, is nicely coloured and has a shiny coat; it is well feathered and is a real hunting-dog. It is lively and gay and easy to keep. It is not an every bodies friend. In the beginning it is somewhat reticent, but once it has accepted somebody, it will henceforward welcome him with great enthusiasm. The dog is nowadays breeded in proper quantities with very good quality.
This small moderate well boned dog, which should measure at the shoulders about 35 to 40 centimetres is extremely attractive.
As a lively and agile breed the kooikerhondje has been developed as a decoy dog to lure ducks into a trap, mesmerising them with its feathered tale.