Kooikerhondjes are just like humans in that they need good hygiene practices and good grooming to look and feel their best. Some of the basics of this upkeep include baths and brushing, special attention to eye care, and conscientious toenail maintenance. These practices are essential to keeping your Kooikerhondje healthy and a pleasure to have around the house.
Kooikerhondjes need baths from time to time. We all do. For Kooikerhondjes it's more of a "when necessary" kind of issue. You should be able to tell by smell, observing the cleanliness of his coat, or just by how long it's been since his last bath. This is not usually as much of an issue because this breed is known for being clean and dirt doesn't tend to cling to its unique silky coat. You don't want anything living in that collar but your dog. It takes more than just the occasional bath to help ensure his health though.
When we think of dogs, we usually don't jump immediately to thoughts of eye care but it's a very important health issue with Kooikerhondjes. Dirt in the hair near the eyes can cause a multitude of problems. The eyes of Kooikerhondjes are susceptible to tearing so you always need to pay close attention to your dog's eyes and any sudden changes should be checked with a veterinarian just to be safe. Their eyes are also prone to discoloration and the method of preventing or treating this ailment depends on the dog. The most important thing is to keep the area around the eyes clear of debris. Another part that Kooikerhondjes use as much as their eyes is their ears, and they require attention too.
Dogs have a keen sense of hearing, but their ears are especially susceptible to problems due to lack of hygiene. Their droopy often black-tipped ears leave them more vulnerable to ear infections. Because of this, owners must make sure that ears are free of dirt, wax, and other debris as well as getting them checked out on a regular basis. By following this advice, you can help to maintain your dog's health and ensure that you will spend many happy years together.
As you can probably tell by now it takes some effort to keep Kooikerhondjes clean, healthy, and happy. Included in this effort is keeping your Kooikerhondjes bathed and his coat brushed, monitoring his eyes and keeping the part of his coat around them clean, and making sure his toenails are clean and trimmed. By following these good grooming habits with your Kooikerhondje, you'll make this member of the family happy, keep him in good health, and have a welcome addition to your household.