The VHNK and Utrecht University have published a new survey attempting to gather behavioral data about your Kooikerhondje. This is an important opportunity to contribute to ongoing research towards the development of characterizing temperament in the developing Kooiker breeding management app. You'll need your dog's microchip #, registration # and registered name. Find links here: … Continue reading Contribute to Kooiker behavioral research
Last weekend we drove nearly 1000 miles to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to compete in a wonderful charity Flyball tournament in Escanaba, MI. It was a UFLI tournament and Casper got a Singles spot so he could officially go for the Kooikerhondje speed record, which was the only North American breed Flyball record he … Continue reading Casper has every breed Flyball record!
One of the "barriers to entry" for potential enthusiasts of Kooikerhondjes is that we as Americans aren't quite used to a structure where all of the information is "held" by a foreign organization. Most Americans also are unfamiliar with how to transfer money within the European system of bank accounts. It can be intimidating and … Continue reading Accessing Kooiker data in the Register/Zooeasy and joining the VHNK – AKA how to send Euros!
I just read a surprisingly good article by AKC called "Sign Right Here: Everything You Need to Know About Breeder Contracts" and wanted to share. Contracts are an area of study I find personally fascinating, and I have drafted quite a few (and am currently waiting on lawyer review of one!). It's hard or impossible … Continue reading Contracts
I found this post from nearly three years ago lurking in my "drafts" folder. I am publishing it in the stream-of-consciousness form as it was written at the time, and will add updates below. I wanted to write this down, primarily for future myself... because nobody talks about it! But we have recently undertaken the … Continue reading Semen Collection & Freezing Journey
A few days ago I reposted the Institute of Canine Biology’s article “What Population Genetics Can Tell Us About A Breed," but substituted in the Kooikerhondje numbers. It has spawned a surprising amount of discussion by those who were unaware of the state of the breed population. Since this is important information, I will reshare … Continue reading Yes, Kooikers are inbred: population genetics
Recently, someone new to the breed argued with me when I said I appreciated my dogs because unlike many Kooikers, they weren’t nasty. Perhaps “nasty” was the wrong word but the statement was more about my appreciation of my own dogs’ temperament than anything else, but it triggered some positive discussion. To my slight horror, … Continue reading Thoughts on Kooikerhondje Temperament
One month ago, the Kooikerboys and I deserted the grey doldrums of Seattle and drove across the country to our new house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were greeted upon our arrival with a great visit with our co-owned boy Huxley! We are hoping to see him more often as well as be more centrally located … Continue reading Moved to Tennessee!
It's been nearly a month since we were in California visiting Casper's litter with Emmi (Waterbound Endearing Emmi). They've been in their new homes and doing well. We absolutely loved seeing their different personalities and Susanne and helpers have done such a lovely job with them - we wish them the best in their future … Continue reading Casper x Emmi Litter 7 weeks (+ Braam RBIS!)
We are excited to announce Casper's first litter, born April 22nd, 2019 at Golden Gate Kooikerhondjes in California. Seven girls and one boy were born to Emmi (Waterbound Endearing Emmi) and all are doing well. In other news, Casper finished his Flyball Master Excellent title this last weekend in Canada after finishing his 10,000th point … Continue reading Casper x Emmi Litter!