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Kooikerhondje |Netherlands|

Kooikerhondje |Netherlands|

The Kooikerhondje is a delightful breed with spaniel-like qualities that is little heard of outside its homeland. Dating back to at least the fifteenth century, these small, orangewhite dogs appear in many Dutch paintings. Developed for duck hunting, Kooikerhondje were trained to weave in and out of foliage along river banks to lure ducks into a trap. It is thought the ducks were attracted by the white feathery tail. The breed came close to extinction in the nineteenth century, but was saved largely by the work of Baroness van Hardenbroek. Kooikerhondje make superb companions and still excel in duck hunting.

From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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