Pronounced ‘KOY-ker -ond-yeh’, the Kooikerhondje spaniel is also known as ‘Kooiker’ for short. Their name translates roughly as ‘little caging dog’, most likely a reference to ‘eendenkooi ‘(a cage to trap ducks).
Back in the 17th century, they were, in fact, primarily bred to be decoy dogs for duck hunting – but were also working farm dogs, used for catching vermin.
As duck hunting declined and World War II arrived, these alert and gentle dogs nearly went extinct. But luckily, a certain Baroness Hardenbroek van Ammerstol started a breeding program to revive them. Thanks, Baroness. Giving the world back these loving and friendly dogs is a noble act indeed.