Small Dutch Dog Breeds

Dutch dog breeds come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. From the smart Dutch Shepherd to the adorable Markiesje, each one has a distinct personality and becomes an important part of its family. But each also requires a specific amount of physical and mental exercise to maintain its health and happiness. URL

Markiesje: Graceful and Devoted

The kooikerhondje (pronounced koy-ker-ohn-dje) is a pretty Spaniel-type dog with a silken white and red coat accented by black “earring” tassels, a plumy white tail, and a playful, cheerful nature. These dogs were bred to hunt ducks and vermin and to protect farms, but they’re highly trainable and devoted companions. They can have a sensitive side, though, so they may not get along with younger children, and their hunting instinct can make them impulsive.

These active pups thrive with daily exercise that includes running and hiking, as well as canine sports. They can also adapt to living in apartments, but they need a lot of daily physical and mental stimulation to keep them happy.

If you’re looking for a Dutch dog breed, work with responsible breeders and always have your puppy screened for common health issues. This should include a patella exam, an eye exam, hip dysplasia screening, and blood work to test for carrier status of hereditary necrotizing myelopathy and von Willebrand’s disease, says DiNardo. And don’t forget to brush your Dutch dog breed often to keep their beautiful, healthy coat.