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The KOOIKERHONDJE



Other names: Kooiker Hound, Dutch Decoy Dog, Small Dutch Waterfowl Dog
Origin: Netherlands
Use: duck luring, vermin control
Recognition: DKC, FCI, KCF, KCC, UKC, ARBA, KCUSA, DKC, KCGB, APRI, DRA, NAPR



HISTORY:
This small Spaniel breed evolved in the Netherlands as a farm and hunting dog used for luring wild ducks in special traps placed near the lakes. For generations, the Kooikerhondje was used in an ingenious method of hunting ducks. The hunter would build a trap called a "Kooi" which consists of a curved ditch leading out from a pond frequented by ducks. Over the ditch an arch of netting is suspended. The result is a pipe through which the ducks could enter but could not see the end of. The Kooikerhondje's job was to lure the ducks far enough down the pipe so the hunter could cut off their retreat and drive them to the trap at the end. Here is how it works: Following the hunter's instructions, the dog would begin cavorting in such a way as to capture the duck's curiosity. The white-tipped, brushy tail of the dog is what attracts a lot of attention from the ducks. They think perhaps that this flashy thing might be a threat, but they aren't too sure what it is, so they come in for a closer look. As ducks approach, the dog moves further into the pipe, ducking in and out of blinds along the way. To the ducks, it appears as if the dog is fleeing them. Emboldened, they give chase, trying to drive it even further away. By the time the ducks lose interest and turn to go back out the mouth of the pipe, they find their way blocked by the hunter. With the nets above and the hunter behind, there is nowhere to go but further down the curving and ever narrowing Kooi to their eventual fate. Using this method, a whole flock could be captured at once. Ducks are seldom hunted in this fashion in Holland anymore, but the method and the Kooikerhondje are still used in conservation efforts.

After WWII, the breed`s popularity started to dwindle and it believed that the present-day Kooikers can be traced back to 25 original dogs. Baroness Van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol decided to resurrect the breed and started her search for remaining dogs that looked pure-bred and fit the original standard. Key-dogs in her struggle to save the breed were Tommie (female), Bobbie and Bennie (males).

Today, the Kooikerhondje is still considered a rare breed, but it`s popularity has started to rise, especially in the U.S.A. Although not used for duck lureing or vermin control, the breed is becoming popular due to it`s overall pleasant nature.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Before you think of the Kooikerhondje as a companion, you must think of it as a hunting dog! Despite being a small and light spaniel breed, these dogs have a strong prey drive, as farmers used them for vermin control (mice, rats, moles etc).

They are strong-willed, active dogs that need to have a good daily exercise routine (long walks or jogging) in order to be happy. If the Kooiker does not get enough exercise, it will eventually burn off the excess energy on it`s own, usually buy causing trouble. These dogs will feel an urge to chase anything that is smaller and which moves, so having a proper fenced-in yard is a must! Also, Kooikers are prone to wandering off on their own, and while this may not be a problem on an estate or country home, in the city or small towns this could lead to a lot of trouble and, of course, put the dog in great danger. Like all Spaniels, these fellas enjoy water and will make the most out of a pool or lake, if given the opportunity.

Kooikerhondjes are also great companions, loving family-pets as they are loyal and enjoy the companion of humans. They are good with children and other dogs. However, the breed is usually reserved towards strangers and does not make friends easily as trust takes time. If socialized and trained from an early age, dogs of this breed will out to be perfect companions!  

COAT:
-       medium-long, wavy, smooth and silky;
-       color: white with orange marks and black ear tips with longer hair; tri-colored body;
-       disqualifications: tri-colored body (white & orange & black), black & white, lacking blaze on head or white tail-tip, white ears, black hairs on the body.

EYES:
-     mahogany

SIZE:
-       Height: 14-16 in (36-41 cm)
-       Weight: 20 - 40 lbs (9-18 kg)

Short video depicting the breed: Dogs 101 >link<


ARTICLE WRITTEN BY :iconnatiawarner:

The NORWEGIAN LUNDEHUND



Other names: Norwegian Puffin Dog, Norsk Lundehund, Lundie
Origin: Norway
Use: puffin hunting (now illegal), companion
Recognition: FCI, CKC, NKC, ACR, DRA, AKC, NAPR


HISTORY:
This small Spitz breed naturally evolved over time (hundreds of years) in Norway`s coastal regions, farmers using them for hunting puffins as well as for searching for puffin nests and retrieving their eggs from steep rocky cliffs. According to their specific purpose, Lundies needed to be small, agile, eager to please and, last but not least, flexible (so they could fit between the rocks and catch the puffins before they got away).

Despite being a native breed to Norway, after puffin hunting was declared illegal in the 1800s, the number of Lundies dwindled dramatically, as farmers were, mainly, keeping them for puffin hunting, and not for companionship. At this point, the breed would have certainly gone extinct if the two people - to whom we have to thank for being able today to still see (and even own) one of these dogs - had not realized the breed`s proximity to extinction: Sigurd Skuan and Eleanor Christie (who became a breeder after buying several dogs from mr. Skuan). Basically, all present-day Lundies can be traced back to mr. Skuan`s original stock. Luckly enough, by the time the great distemper epidemic (1942 - the distemper vaccine being unobtainable because of WWII) hit Norway, ms. Christie had already established a small breeding stock. Although the epidemic killed the majority of dogs from both breeders, it did not hit them both at the same time, so with under a quarter of the dogs originally owned, the two breeders continued to struggle and rebuild the lines. It was only well into the 1960's before the number of Lundehunds passed the double digits.

Today, the Lundehund is still among the world`s rarest breeds of dogs, only around 1000 specimens existing worldwide.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Although not imposing in away way, these small-sized dogs are VERY UNIQUE! Apart from being very sociable, loving, playful and calm, they possess some ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PHYSICAL FEATURES:

1. They are POLYDACTYL, meaning multi-toed. Yes, that is right, Lundies have not 5, but 6 toes! This special characteristic developed over time due to the breed`s specialization in puffin hunting. Of course, other breeds are polydactyl also, but in the for of having dew-claws (claws they cannot actually move or control), whereas the Lundie`s are ALL functional and were actively used for gripping the slippery rocky cliffs where puffins built their nests.

2. The Lundehund has GREAT JOINT FLEXIBILITY, so you could might as well call this breed the contorsionists of the dog world! This trait also evolved as a necessity when hunting puffind, as the dogs had to crawl under the rocks, through small openings in order to reach the nests and then, of course, crawl back with the prey/egg. These "caves" were usually so small that the dogs did not have room to turn around when retrieving. Just to get an idea of how flexible the Lundehund is, please note that it can bend its forelegs outwards far enough for the dog to lay flat on its chest, with the legs in an approximation of the human arm position. This type of flexibility is basically unparalleled in the animal-world, the only four-footed animal able to match it being the reindeer. Also, the dog's neck and spine are so flexible that it can lay its head back along its own spine, this manuvre not harming or stressing the animal in any way!

3. Lundies also have a UNIQUE EAR STRUCTURE. These dogs, normally, have pricked, upright ears (like many other breeds). The distinctiveness comes from the fact that Lundies can actually control their ears: they can virtually seal them by folding them either backward or forward. What`s more is that they can also prick separately the tip of the ear, allowing the dog to use its ears effectively, while still only exposing a tiny, mostly covered space. This ability saves the dog from getting rock dust and water into its ears as it wedges itself through the caves.

4. Another special feature of this breed is the fact that it has a JAW STRUCTURE identical to the one found on the Varranger dog - a 5000 year old fossilized dog found in northern Lapland - with two fewer teeth than other modern dogs.

Being such an old breed, and being inbred over the generations, means that this dog can suffer from a breed-specific illness: the Lundehund Syndrome (a set of digestive disorders that can lead to an overgrowth of digestive bacteria, intestinal cancer, and a loss of ability to absorb nutrients from food; in extreme cases the dog can starve simply because it's unable to get the nutrients and protein it needs no matter how much it eats). The disease is still under research. No cure has yet been found, but the condition (if it occurs) can be managed through feeding.

As for it`s temperament, the Lundie is as sweet, loving dog, that always likes to cuddle with it`s owner. They are great with children and, usually, with other dogs and pets. However, keep in mind that the breed has a vast history of hunting so the prey-drive is still clearly present! Introduce new pets carefully and have patience. Also, best better not mix a Lundie and a bird (or fish!) in the same living space, unless the dog is accustomed to these types of pets from an early age... as tragic accidents might happen!

When it comes to exercise, the Lundehund enjoys long sessions of play-time! As far as walking is concerned, the breed does not require any special exercise other than that of any other breed. The ideal living conditions for a dog of this breed is a house with a fenced-in yard (even a small one!). If you plan use a dog-crate indoors, you must train the puppy to accept it from a very early age, otherwise the dog will consider it as punishment and will become depressed.

As most hunting breeds, Lundies are somewhat free-spirited. This is the reason why they do not particularly enjoy being crated (unless they are used to it through positive reinforcement!). Also, a puppy can be (and usually is) very mischievous, so the crate can be a really good idea (when you cannot keep an eye on the little one). Oh, and remember that many Lundehund owners have had difficulty with housebreaking this breed!

COAT:
-       short, rough, stand-off coat
-       color: reddish-brown to fallow with more or less black hair tips, or black, or grey, all with white markings, or white with dark markings;

EYES:
-     brown and deep-set

SIZE:
-       Height: 12-15.5 in (31-39 cm)
-       Weight: 13 - 20 lbs (6-9 kg)

Short video depicting a Lundie barking and playing with an insect: >link<


ARTICLE WRITTEN BY :iconnatiawarner:

First of all, I would like to thank you all for being members and well, taking the time to read/skimm through the articles I have been writing, as well as for continuing to submit your lovely photos!



I also apologise for the fact that in the last couple of months I have been somewhat neglecting the Club, but I have been really busy with studying and working, and it all just happened so fast. So, my New Year`s Resolution regarding the Club is that I`ll be more active, or at least try to be...and if I see I won`t be able to do things the way I`d like, I`ll most probably ask for one of you to help me out and become an Admin (if anyone will be interested!).

It would also be great if YOU could share with us your honest oppinion about the Club, what you think is ok, what you would like to see changed and, of course, what rare breeds you`d be interested in seeing presented in 2014.

I decided to highlight the 12 breeds that were presented, via articles, this year, so both early members as well as the new ones may get a chance to remember these breeds and, maybe, get some useful information on them.

*the titles are links to the articles

Jan. 2013 - The DUTCH RATTER





Feb. 2013 - The SPINONE ITALIANO





Mar. 2013 - The LLEWELLIN SETTER





Apr. 2013 - The KARELIAN BEAR DOG





Apr. 2013 - The TRANSYLVANIAN HOUND





June 2013 - The HOVAWART





July 2013 - The PHU QUOC RIDGEBACK



 

Aug. 2013 - The WEIMARANER





Sept. 2013 - The CLUMBER SPANIEL





Oct. 2013 - The LUCAS TERRIER





Nov. 2013 - The IBIZAN HOUND





Dec. 2013 - The CHINESE CHONGQING DOG



 



And just to be fair about ALL the dogs in the Club`s Journal, here are the first breeds that were featured in 2012, right after the Club started:

Sept. 2012 (1) - The CATALBURUN



 

Sept. 2012 (2) - The BRUNO JURA HOUND





Oct. 2012 (1) - The BLUE LACY GAME DOG





Oct. 2012 (2) - The FORMOSAN MOUNTAIN DOG





Nov. 2012 - The LEVRIERO SARDO





Dec. 2012 - The SWEDISH WHITE ELKHOUND





All this being said, I wish you all a wonderful 2014, filled with joy, peace and anything that your hearts desire!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The CHINESE CHONGQING DOG



Other names: -
Origin: China
Use: hunting (wild boar), guarding
Recognition: CCDBC, CKCA, CCDC, APRI, DRA

 

HISTORY:
This extremely rare dog developed naturally in the region of Chongqing, southwest China over 2000 years ago, first recordings of the breed dating back to the Han Dynasty.

The breed was originally used for boar hunting as well as on other types of game (hare, fox etc), dogs usually hunting alone or in small female-composed groups. Today, the breed is almost unknown outside it`s native country, the exisiting specimens being used mainly for guarding. However, due to its ancient history and background, the Chongqing Dog still has a VERY strong prey drive.

After 1949, after China became a Republic, people lost interest in the breed and the number of purebred dogs declined dramatically, basically only farmers breeding them.

Although the Chongqing Dog seems to possess physical characteristics from the Thai Ridgeback and the Bulldog, DNA tests have revealed that it is a completely different breed, with absolutely no external influence in its development.

Today, efforts are being made to prevent this ancient and unique breed from going extinct or being crossbred to other modern breeds that may bear a resemblance.

CHARACTERISTICS:
These medium-sized dogs are muscular and strong. They have a very strong prey-drive and are very protective with the family. They are not your usual calm-tempered and permissive dog, so socialization with children and other animals is a absolute must! Towards strangers they are wary and will attack if they percieve the person as being dangerous or even suspicious, so proper obedience training is, also, a must if the owner wishes to have a balanced dog. Also, socialization from an early age is crucial, as they tend not to be animal-friendly.

The ideal owner for this breed should be calm yet confident and firm, as these dogs need to know from the start who is in charge. The Chongqing Dog is not considered to be suited for the first-time owner.

As for exercise, these dogs would be most happy in a rural environment, but a medium-size to small yard would also do the job. However, leaving them alone in a small yard for long periods of time might not be such a great idea as they will, probably, be destructive or even escape (diging under the fence, climbing etc). The breed can also be kept in an apartment, but regular exercise must be provided in the form of long walks, jogging etc. If not properly socialized, going to the dog park is out of the question!

Dogs of this breed might be prone to skin problems (fur loss etc). The situation is not common but may occur. This condition can be avoided by feeding premium quality dog-food or even healty home-made dog food that is not too rich in proteins.

COAT:
-       short, hard and sparse
-       color: deep brown, mahogany (always solid)

EYES:
-     brown

SIZE:
-       Height: 14-19.5 in (35-50 cm)
-       Weight: 33 - 54 lbs (15-25 kg)



ARTICLE WRITTEN BY :iconnatiawarner:
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