Dokumentation Englisch



Dion Werle van Muskyteira

Delphine Werle van Muskyteira




It is pretty much the same with all animals.

In order that humans and animals can live in harmony with each other, it is a good idea if we get as much information as possible about our subject. If not, it is often the case that both have a difficult life, but it is generally the animal who will be misjudged, when in actual fact, the initial mistake was made by the humane being Thus it can happen that a certain breed gets a bad reputation, or dogs change from one owner to the other, where there is the likelihood that they are badly handled and indeed – mistreated. If the dog become too much trouble, very often the owner in whose care the dog is, just decides to get rid of him – almost like a useless basic commodity. For a dog-owner it is comparatively easy to put a dog to sleep; one can always say, the dog is aggressive, or difficult to train, or has bitten someone. Other unscrupulous dog -owners abandon the animals in a wood or leave them on the side of the street. With a little luck, such animals may be taken into the care of good Rescue Home. With all these points in mind, I would like to present the Kooiker dog.


Originally, the Kooiker dog is a working dog and the faithful assistant to the Decoy-Boss – guardian of the house and land. He is also an exterminator of rats, mice, etc.



  Theresa-Pooja with Dion
( hot love )

Mister Gerke van Kalsbeek in a decoy with Marquise Ascha & Dion Werle van Muskyteira

Michael Köhler
with Jordy & Ginger



He has a loving, happy and watchful character – a little cautious perhaps but neither aggressive nor anti-social. As house-dogs they are adaptable, at times quiet and easily content and at times bubbling over with high spirits.


The dogs enjoys the evening with the herd guide after work sport and play!

They are not noisy dogs, but good watch-dogs and like to be among people in their homes. Fundamentally, it is a hunting dog, but the hunting instincts only appear if the dog has too little exercise. They love outdoor life and enjoy both wind and weather. This sensitive and intelligent dog does not take to everyone immediately – at first he might de a little reluctant towards strangers, strange children and dogs. He may pull back is he feels himself unsure. As soon as he has become accustomed to someone, then you can be assured of a warm welcome every time you come!


The Kooiker dog belongs to an Old Dutch breed of dogs. In the 17th century, this dog was generally regarded as an exclusive if curious dog. If you look carefully at pictures painted by Vermeer and Steen you very often find this Kooiker dog depicted in the painting. In Dutch Musea, as in the Palais Het Loo in Apeldoorn and in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam you can admire different works of art where the Kooiker dog is evident. In the Oranje-Nassau Museum by the ruins of the Dillenburg Castle there is a painting of Prince Willem of Orange, whose life was saved by his faithful Kooiker “Kuntze” shortly before the picture was completed. This story is included in the book written by Pieter Hooft, the historian.



Bronze picture of
Willem van Oranje
mit Kooikerhondje.

(Louis Royer
1793 – 1886)
in Rijksmuseum Palais
Het Loo Apeldoorn

As well as the old sing, then hum also the young.
(Jan Steen 1626 -1679)


The life story
Willem der Schweiger
it was filmed 1984
van Albert Groendijk.





After many years of forgetfulness, a new start was made to commence breeding the old Dutch hunting dog, the”Kooikerhondje”. Baroness van Hartenbroek van Ammerstol did an enormous amount of work to propagate the breed.



Baronesse van Hardenbroek
with Niko und Niels 1958 (?)

Baronesse van Hardenbroek
with o.a. Marlies, Eskah, Ella,
Hetty, Boekel 1961



(These pictures originate from
the file of the union Het Nederlandse Kooikerhondje anniversary-bound)Het Nederlandse)



In 1939 she commenced her search to find a suitable tan/white member of “the clan”. She found “Tommie” in Friesland – and this dog became the “clan mother “of the breed as we know it to-day. The first litter of 4 bitches had as parents “Tommie and Benni” (also from Friesland – pedigree unknown) and was registered under the breeding name of van Walhalla 1942/1943. The Baroness then found another excellent male dog “Bobbie”-(pedigree unknown) – and in the year 1943, the first male Kooiker dog – “Bernard” was born. Later, many more similar Kooiker dogs were discovered in the Duck sanctuaries where the dogs’ daily work was to entice the ducks into a captive enclosure. With the best of the breed now available, the work of re-introducing these dogs as popular dogs was gradually built up. In 1966 this breed was provisionally accepted by the officials with breeding-points allocated. 1971 official recognition was confirmed with the breeding-points as we know them to-day.
THE DUCK -“KOOI”Roughly speaking, this is a corner of a wood with meadows and water; long pipes lead to the water – the idea being to entice the ducks into captivity.




Dion Werle van Muskyteira at the end of a pipe




In Holland, where there is so much water, there are also ducks’ nests all over the place. These consist of a nest, surrounded by high ” water bushes”, where water game can find quietness for breeding. On the edges of the duck-pond the long “hunting” pipes are placed, these consist of wire-netting on top and straw-mats on the sides, leading into the hunting-box. With tame ducks and with food the “Kooi-Boss” entices the flying-ducks to the nearest pond.



Phaedra Cokkie v. Muskyteira
is here the bait (decoy)



Then the “Kooiker dog “quietly guides the inquisitive ducks into the pipes white bushy tail. The ducks flee into the pipes with his white bushy tail. The ducks flee into the big container, which is then closed. Formerly these “decoys” sold the ducks for food; nowadays, most of the ducks thus captured are used for scientific purposes or to keep down the wild ducks in Holland. Nowadays, there are only a few “decoys” in use.


The Kooiker dog is Approx. 35 – 40 cm (14 – 16 ins). In height and has fairly long white hair with tan-coloured patches and a long, feathery tail.



Delphine Werle v.Muskyteira
at 10 months
Europe – Junior-winner 1999
German – Bundesjunior-winner 1999

Nobly–Trusty Yalinke
v. Muskyteira
NL, Internat., D, B,
LUX., FIN, Champion
World – winner 1996



This is the only breed in the world that has tan coloured ears with black ear-drops called “ear-bells”. In This particular breed, one also finds black & white or 3-colour Kooikers – these breeds are not sought after and, in fact, not accepted.



Born 02.08.1992

These dogs receive a Pedigree with
the addition: colour does not correspond to the standard!




THE “KOOIKER DOG” TODAY The popularity of this breed is increasing steadily.

Qunack Byondra v.Muskyteira
NL – Champion
Europe – Junior- winner 1996
World – Junior-winner 1996
Winner 1996

Kyria Werle v.Muskyteira
Agility Training


Oriënne Kintyre v. Muskyteira is doing the slalom its genius!


The dog shows great interest in Obedience, Flyball and Agility and is, at the same time reasonably-sized, pleasant and attractive company as well as a family dog. One should not forget that – in spite of all attractions – this dog is fundamentally a working dog. He has a sensitive and intelligent nature, but a strong character. For that reason, this dog is less suitable for domineering people or those who are insecure. It is very important that the dog finds his place within the family. He is certainly not a child’s plaything – rather a child’s friend he is not maltreated.



Theresa-Pooja(6) with Dion Werle v.Muskyteira Snapshot, David-Rahuel(3) observes it from the background

Kalanga Werle v.Muskyteira shows
her sympathy

Manusia’s Stella enjoys the Family

Ilaysa Wolthuizen (10.) presented Dion Werle v. Muskyteira
in the junior handling without training! (-NL- Asperen 1999)



Well bred children are best prerequisite for living and working together with the “Kooiker dog”. Then living together becomes both harmony and pleasure.


Lordie with Oriënne Kintyre v. Muskyteira
as “riding-dog”




Wescalle Sabrina van Muskyteira With here seven puppies (5 days) Yonnar, Yimme, Ylene, Yillin, Yardan, Yarnic & Yolique.

Werle Sabrina van Muskyteira With here four puppies.(5 days) f. l. t. r.: Kalanga, Kyria, Kanzi & Kayleigh.

It is extremely important to educate the “Kooiker dog” correctly.
This begins with the breeder, who should choose a very good combination (for the parents).


A natural socialisation in a varied environment (living-room) should be ensured. This means that the breeder must give the puppies the opportunity of learning in s positive way.




Tiaré de Pricespioen & little “Hexe Ayumï Tiaré van Muskyteira ” enjoys each other”


It is scientifically proved that the ideal time to buy a Kooiker puppy is when it is 8 weeks old. At this time, the balance between being bound to the nest and the desire to escape is just right. From this moment on, the breeder gives the responsibility to the new owner, with the object that the dog grows up as a healthy, friendly and socially acceptable dog, and is ready to help with advice and counsel.



Kyria & Kyria & Kalanga Werle v.Muskyteira has much fun in Puppy play and coinagehours

“Hexe Ayumï Tiaré v.Muskyteira” as well as the dog-friendly cat “Hooch”, they met each other for to play


Furthermore, the Kynological Association offers interesting courses. The target should be to educate puppies and young dogs with positive motivation. As regards the care of the dog. There is really not a lot of work necessary. Regular brushing is more than enough. The “Kooiker dog” is also easy where feeding is concerned. A regular and good quality feed is necessary. Think: “a fat puppy could become a fat dog”so try to avoid health problems. As we are aware, not only have humans specific inherited weaknesses. Dogs also. Together with the Breeding Club “Het Nederlandse Kooikerhondje” (founded 1967) we breeders regard it as our duty to obliterate weaknesses like Patella-Luxation, Epilepsy, Cataract, v. Willebrand, Leukodystrophie, etc. In breeding, honesty is a “must.


If we grant ourselves the right to decide on the origin of life,
we must do this with the best possible knowledge,
at the same time obeying the dictates of our conscience!

Susanne Räber , June 1999


If there are any open questions, or if you would like to know
the Kooiker dog better and