Vol. 19 No.2, March/April 2018
What do Spring Time and the Kooiker Chronicle Have in Common?
Theyve arrived! Belatedly, but theyre finally here! Read all about KCUSAs debut as an AKC
Sporting Group club, and see how 54 Kooikerhondjes and 67 of their human admirers spent 4
days at the Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville, Kentucky, dazzling onlookers in a blaze of orange
and white coats and elegant plumy tails. . . .
Karen L. Dean, Editor
2 Story TitleKooiker Chronicle | Volume 17 No. 4 | July-August 2016
Kooikerhondje Club of USA
I am humbled and honored to take the reins as President of KCUSA. Jac Knoop has led our club since
June 2012 when we had just over 100 dogs in the US. Now we just celebrated our full recognition with
the AKC with nearly 500 dogs. We also feted Jacs work to get us to this milestone with a highly suc-
cessful event at the Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville.
What made that event such a success was the broad diversity of attendees. The Showcase Award Din-
ner included nearly 70 people who comprised not just conformation show people, but members who
only show in performance, members who dont show at all, and even members who dont own a dog.
This is our membership people who are united, not by an activity, but by a common love for a beauti-
ful orange and white companion dog.
We are starting an exciting new phase for our club. The goal of AKC recognition is in our rearview
mirror but our mission continues. We were formed to be advocates for our purebred dog as a family
companion, to pursue advancements in canine health and well-being, and to promote responsible dog
Conformation shows are an opportunity to demonstrate responsible breeding to keep to the defined
standard. Meet the Breed events around the country allow us to show off our wonderful Kooiker-
hondjes and educate an eager public who wonder how to pronounce the name. And work with the
Dutch Club and the University in Utrecht furthers research in the health and genetics for our breed.
I look forward to an exciting year with the board working with members across the country to continue
to build our club. I encourage all of you as members to reach out and provide feedback, but more im-
portantly, to get involved in some aspect of our club that interests you. We have a lot of opportunities
and a lot of talent within the club. And we all love our little Dutch dogs!
The Kooiker Chronicle is a
publication of the Nederlandse
Kooikerhondje Club of the Unit-
ed States of America (KCUSA).
Editor: Karen L. Dean
Layout: Joyce Y. Maxwell
Technical Assistance: Linda S.
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We Were ThereKooikers Cause Seattle Sensation 4Harvey Helps Promote Kooikers in NYC 7Kooikers Celebrate Their New AKC Status 9
Coming UpCome to the World Dog Show with KCUSA! 27
Competing with Your DogConformation Showing Whats With All the Classes?? 29Correcting the Issue of the Missing Papers 31
Kooiker KudosLatest AKC Titles Awarded 32
Health and GeneticsPatella Luxation 33Top 10 Plants Poisonous to Pets 35
Adventurous Kooiker 37
COVER PHOTO: Bianca (Rosewoods Bianca) dressed up for the Kentucky Kooiker Cluster (photo courtesy of Lesley Vanderpoel).
Kooiker Chronicle | Volume 19 No. 2 | March/April 2018
Kooikers Cause Seattle Sensation
by Dena Mathias
NINE KOOIKERS AND THEIR OWNERS
CONVERGED on the CenturyLink Field
Event Center, Seattle, Washington, to
represent KCUSA at the Seattle Kennel
Club Dog Show Meet the Breeds, March
10 and 11, 2018. These canine breed
ambassadors covered virtually all life-
stages, from a four-month-old puppy to
tweenagers to adult dogs; their hu-
man counterparts ranged from newbie
owners to longtime owners and veteran
Kooikers were once again quite
a sensation, exclaimed Julie V who
brought Briar, her four-year-old bitch. Every piece of literature we had disap-
peared before the end of the show! We enunciated Koo ker hon chuh several
hundred times despite the big, beautiful banner that Karen WP set up, and I
actually lost my voice by the end of it!
A brief newscast about Kooikers on local television the night before and a
two-page spread in the show brochure ensured that the KCUSA booth would be
popular, and it was. Decorated with traditional and antique Dutch memorabilia
including wooden clogs, linens, photos, tulips, a fireplace and so forth, the booth
set the stage for dog lovers to get up close and personal with the Kooikers.
Weve been as visitors two times before. This was where we found this
amazing breed. This was our first year working in the booth. It is a wonderful
part of this show. Great for the public, remarked Cindy, who along with her
husband, Pete, attended with their nine-month-old puppy, Goose. We just
really enjoyed all the interest in our wonderful breed. So fun to help educate
future Kooiker owners.
Not only was the KCUSA booth a hit, but the Kooiker area Saturday at the
Meet the Breeds Ring was a crowd favorite, too. People of all ages lined up to
Above: Julie and Briar
We Were There
Kooikers Cause Seattle Sensation 5
meet the new little Dutch Dog as
our Kooikers were frequently called.
Meet the Breed is an essential
part of public education, stated Karen
W-P. We want to ensure that future
Kooiker owners understand the com-
plexities of the breed as they can be
a very soft dog at times, but in an in-
stant a very bold dog. It takes a gentle
but firm hand and a commitment to
training. Karen discovered Kooikers at
their first Seattle Meet the Breeds ap-
pearance in 2014 and has participated
as an owner in every Seattle Meet the
A Huge Thank You to those who
volunteered and made the KCUSA
Booth a success: Cindy F, Pete F, and
Goose; Dana D, Joseph D, and Rosie;
Dena M and Jac; Ellie C, Jacoby C
and Bristol; Gretchen W, Braam and
Casper; Julie V and Briar; Karen WP,
Meisje and Tijs.
Top: The kooiker-loving crowd at the Meet the Breed booth.
Above: Gretchen, with Casper and Jac, meet passersby curious about this beautiful orange and white Dutch breed of dog.
Left: Jac is all tuckered out from all the fun of being a breed ambassador.
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Left above: Tijs shows off his super-cool harness.
Left below: Pete and Goose, ready to meet friendly pass-ersby.
Below: Karen Watling-Parker and Jac in front of the sign showing the pronunciation of Nederlandse Kooikerhondje.
Kooiker Chronicle | Volume 19 No. 2 | March/April 2018
DAVID FREI, CONSULTANT AND TELEVISION TALENT
for NBC Sports, has certainly worked hard to promote our
breed. In 2017, he highlighted Rod Becksteads kooiker,
Bandit, in promotional spots for the 2017 National Dog
Show, in anticipation of our AKC recognition the next year.
In 2018, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje would be seen
for the first time in a televised AKC Dog Show, on April 1,
2018, on the USA cable channel. (By the way, have you
wondered why there were no Kooikers at Westminster,
which was televised in February 2018? Only entries with at
We Were There
Harvey Helps Promote Kooikers in NYC
least one major were eligible and there were no Kooikers
with majors in 2017. Next year, there will be Kooikers at
In early March, Marlene Valters Kooikerhondje, Harvey,
had participated in The Beverly Hills Dog Show (BHDS) Pre-
sented by Purina. The dog show was filmed in March, and
in publicity for the April 1 broadcast of the show, Mr. Frei
highlighted the newly recognized AKC breeds on NBCs To-
day show. Harvey was selected to come to NBC studios in
New York City on the Friday of Easter weekend to promote
8 Harvey Helps Promote Kooikers in NYC
the Beverly Hills Dog Show on Today with Jill Martin and
Hoda. He was joined by a Havanese and the other 2018
AKC newly recognized breed, the Grand Basset Vandeen
Harvey loved the energy of Manhattan! Our Chronicle
editor, Karen Dean, lives in NYC and her Kooiker, Dunkie,
loves it, too! These little sporting dogs certainly are versa-
tileenjoying both the country and the hustle and bustle
of the city.
Previous page: Marlene Valter and her Nederlandse Kooi-kerhondje, Harvey; Today Show hosts Jill Martin and Hoda Kotb of NBC; David Frei, Dog Show Host Extraordinaire; Clif DeRaita and his Havanese, Baby Grand; and Brielly Cipriotti and her Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Buzz.
Right: Harvey sits up for David Frei outside the NBC studio in NYC.
Harvey sits at the edge of a fountain at Rockefeller Center in NYC.
Dunkie gazes longingly at the hot dog vendor in Madison Square Park, a bit south of Harveys fountain perch.