The number of breeds that are eligible to join the list of dogs recognized by the prestigious American Kennel Club keeps growing every year and 2018 is no exception. Both of these newcomers hail from Europe and one in particular has a name that most of us will be challenged to pronounce.
Originating in The Netherlands, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (pronounced Coy-ker-hund-tsje) has been popular for centuries and even depicted in paintings by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt. It was bred for duck hunting, and enters the Sporting Dogs category. The name means “little cage dog,” so called because it uses its long fluffy tail as a tool to lure ducks into cage traps.
As long as the Kooikerhondje gets regular exercise it can live quite happily in an apartment. Because it is very sensitive to sound it doesn’t do well around small children that make a lot of noise. Apart from that, it is intelligent, loves to please and would make a great companion.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
A relative of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, the larger Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen from France falls into the Hound group. This breed was used to hunt wolves and deer as well as track smaller game such as rabbits and hares.
These athletic, high energy dogs would hunt in packs so they thrive being part of a group and staying extremely active.
The GBGV has the typical Griffon wire coat and its short legs and droopy ears give it a most endearing appearance. It is friendly and mostly low-maintenance except for the fact that it needs a lot of space to run and express its hunting instincts.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!