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Left Profile - A black Markiesje dog is standing in grass and it is looking to the left of its body. It has fringe hair on its tail.

This is Angel, a 2-year-old Markiesje.

Other Names

Hollandse Tulphond

Dutch Tulip Hound




The Markiesje is handsome, proportionate and balanced. Its coat is black, sometimes with white markings, and is long and silky with feathering.


The Markiesje loves to be a retriever and gundog, but his size, intelligence and cute good looks earmark him as an ideal family pet. Happy and playful, this spaniel-type dog is active, elegant and friendly. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.

Height, Weight

Height: up to 16 inches (41 cm)
Weight: up to 13 pounds (10 kg)

Health Problems

Generally healthy

Living Conditions

This is an indoor dog. Its small paws and medium-length hair do not afford much protection from the cold. However, an adult Markiesje should do fine with a brisk walk in temperatures of -20° Celsius and warmer.


The Markiesje needs room to run and time to play in order to be mentally and physically fit. It needs to be taken on a daily walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.

Life Expectancy

About 12 to 14 years

Litter Size

About 2 to 6 puppies


Comb and brush regularly with a firm, bristle brush. As with all dogs, teeth, nails, ears need to be attended to and check for growths or dental problems. This breed sheds little hair. The hair is thin and easy to clean when bathing the dog. Markiesjes can develop dandruff. A quick bath with moisturizing shampoo using natural ingredients should clear that up quickly.


The Markiesje is a Dutch native breed that is also a new creation. It has spaniel / Poodle heritage. It has long been found on farms in The Netherlands and as a companion dog, but has only recently been accepted by the Dutch Kennel Club.




APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.

DKC - Dutch Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

A black with white Markiesje dog is sitting on a tan carpet and it is wearing a green bandana and looking up and to the right.

Freddie the Markiesje at 6 years old wearing a green bandana

A black with white Markiesje dog is standing in a room and looking up. The word - BEFORE - is overlayed at the bottom of the image. It has longer hair on its tail, legs, chest, ears and neck. Its tail is curled over its back.

Freddie the Markiesje at 6 years old before his haircut

A black with white Markiesje is sitting down looking up. Its head is up and there is a yellow ball in front of it. The word 'AFTER' is overlayed. It has short hair with longer hair on its ears.

Freddie the Markiesje at 6 years old after his haircut

Side view - A wet black with white Markiesje dog is standing in a tub and looking up. Its wet hair is spiked out.

Freddie the Markiesje at 6 years old getting a bath in the tub

A black with white Markiesje is laying on a human's bed and there is a small baby next to it who is looking at the dog.

Shady the Markiesje at 16 years old

A black with white Markiesje dog is sitting on a tan carpet in front of a closet. It has longer hair on its ears and tail.

Max the Markiesje

Side view - A black with white Markiesje is laying on a carpet and there is a blue wall behind it and an open doorway to the next room.

Max the Markiesje