The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Portuguese Water Dog Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Portuguese Water Dog. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Kooikerhondje is known for being intelligent, active, and agile. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje or the Portuguese Water Dog? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Portuguese Water Dog Mix.
While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Portuguese Water Dog Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Nederlandse Kooikerhondje Portuguese Water Dog Mix puppies for sale.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Nederlandse Kooikerhondje History
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, also called a Kooiker or a Dutch Spaniel, originated in the Netherlands. The literal translation for Kooikerhondje is “little cager hound.” It is a small spaniel-type breed of dog that has Dutch ancestry.
The Kooiker is a small, orange and white sporting dog. Very loving and cheerful, the Kooiker is able to adjust to situations very easily. Kooikers love to be around their families and play. They do well in smaller spaces but do well with a yard too. As long as exercise is regular, playing with their owners means a happy, healthy Kooiker.
Strong, affectionate, sturdy, and delightful, these are words that describe the great pet that is a Kooiker.
The Kooiker was created in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Kooikers were the most popular during the 17th and the 18th centuries and can be seen in paintings from famous painters like Rembrandt.
The Kooiker was bred in Holland as a duck decoy dog. They used their tails to lure the ducks to the Eendenkooi (a duck trap). Aside from working the traps, Kooikers also caught vermin around the farm to keep it free and clear from critters.
Kooikers, like many other breeds, almost went extinct after Wrold War II until Baroness van Hardenbroek van Armmerstol rescued the breed by working to expand its numbers.
Although the breed is still mostly unknown in the United States or Canada, the Kooiker has been accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service, which allows for recording of a purebred breed without it being a member. Once the Kooiker becomes recognized in the American Kennel Club, it will be labeled in the Sporting Group.
Portuguese Water Dog History
The Portuguese Water Dog is a very old breed. A Portuguese Water Dog is first described in 1297 in a monk’s account of a drowning sailor who was pulled from the sea by a dog with a "black coat, the hair long and rough, cut to the first rib and with a tail tuft.” These theories explain how the Poodle and the Portuguese Water Dog may have developed from the same ancient genetic pool. At one time the Poodle was a longer-coated dog, as is one variety of the Portuguese Water Dog. They are thought to have descended from one another. They are obviously strong swimmers and are good in and around the water. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1983.
Height: 24 - 30 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 110 - 150 lb
Lifespan: 8 - 10 years
Portuguese Water Dog
Height: 20 - 23 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 40 - 60 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Portuguese Water Dog might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don't want to be left alone. That's why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje mixed with the Portuguese Water Dog might be prone to joint dysplasia, cherry eye, cardiomyopathy, among others.
Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.
What are the grooming requirements?
Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."