The Dutch Tulip Dog

There are few dogs that can claim a breed name as lyrical as the Dutch Tulip Dog, though it’s “everyday” name is the Markiesje, Markiesje,Dutch Spaniel,Wetterhoun,Stabyhoun,Kooikerhondje,(pronounced “Mar-keeeeys ya).”  That it is believed to be an old dog breed is supported by several paintings from the 17th and 18th century showing a small, jet black dog resembling a Markiesje, though many have made the mistake of assuming that this intelligent dog is a spaniel of mixed parentage. The Markiesje is an authentic Dutch Spaniel whose origin can be traced back to the Middle Ages. A few cynologists even think the breed is a precursor to the Wetterhoun, Stabyhoun and Kooikerhondje, though others are more dubious and believe it’s only been bred actively since the mid 1970s.

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