KOOIKERHON­DJE

EDP Norfolk - - Pets -

This is a Dutch breed which works with hunters as a de­coy to at­tract ducks by wav­ing its white plumed tail and lures them along streams where they are even­tu­ally trapped in nets. The or­ange/red of its parti-coloured coat is thought by some to be as­so­ci­ated with the Royal House of Or­ange and Dutch his­to­ri­ans tell of the ‘Kooiker’ which saved Prince Wil­liam of Or­ange by bark­ing loudly when in­trud­ers en­tered the royal cham­bers. When the breed was first recog­nised in the UK it was placed in the Gun­dog Group, but since it does not work along­side hunters with guns, it was moved to the Util­ity Group.

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