Drentsche Patrijshond

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40-60 lbs
21-23"
Netherlands
Dutch Partridge Dog, Drent, Dutch Gun Dog

The Drentsche Patrijshond (pronounced Da’Rinse Ah Puh’Trice Hoon) hails from the Netherlands and is a gundog that has been in existence for many centuries. He was not officially recognized as a breed until the late 1940s but enthusiasts of the breed have passed their love for him down through the generations. He is a devoted companion and loves being with his family. He is a multipurpose working dog and will help keep pests from your yard and home. He is a spaniel-type dog that is medium sized and can be very active. He does require a lot of daily exercise to keep him happy.

Purpose
gun dog, pointer
Date of Origin
1500s
Ancestry
spaniel

Drentsche Patrijshond Health

Average Size
Height: 23-25 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hereditary Stomatocytosis
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Drentsche Patrijshond Breed History

The Drentsche Patrijshond originated in the 16th century from the Spioenen who was brought into the Netherlands from France and Spain. Once the Drentsche Patrijshond was developed, hunters in the province of Drenthe kept him pure and would not mix foreign breeds into the bloodlines. This practice was being done in other parts of the Netherlands. In the province of Drenthe even the common gentry were given the right to hunt and the right to use gundogs. That meant that the need for a multipurpose hunting dog became much greater. Thus, the Drentsche Patrijshond became the hunting dog of choice for those in Drenthe. Most other hunting breeds were exclusively owned by royalty and aristocrats and were expected to hunt only one or two types of game. The Drentsche Patrijshond was expected to hunt all game and even pests or vermin. He was also expected to be a watchdog, cart dog and companion since the common man did not have the money or resources to keep several different hunting dogs. Baroness Van Hardenbroek, Mr. Van Heek Jr. and Mr. Quartero began strongly promoting the Drentsche Patrijshond and pushing for him to be recognized. On May 15, 1943 the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland officially recognized the Drentsche Patrijshond as a breed. In 1948, the Vereniging De Drentsche Patrijshond, a Dutch breed club, was formed and established a breed standard based on three qualities: hunting, watch dog and pet. The Drentsche Patrijshond made his way into the United States following World War II although the exact year is not known. Breed enthusiasts in the United States began promoting the breed. In 2010, the Drentsche Patrijshond was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.

Drentsche Patrijshond Breed Appearance

The Drentsche Patrijshond is a well proportioned dog that is agile and possesses the ability for great speed. He has a slightly longer body than he is tall, making him appear elongated. He has a bushy long-hair tail. His coat is medium-long on his body and significantly feathered on his legs and underside. His ears have longer hair than his body but not overly dense. His coat is not long, but rather medium with enough feathering to give the impression of being a long-haired dog. The coat is dense, but not overly thick and should never curl. There can be a slight wave to his coat on his body. His ears should have tightly wavy hair. The color of a Drentsche Patrijshond can range from a dark mahogany brown to a reddish orange. He can have white marking such as small spots called spikkels or a mixture of brown and white hairs called schimmel.

Drentsche Patrijshond Breed Maintenance

The Drentsche Patrijshond is considered to be a low maintenance dog by some, however, he does require frequent grooming to keep his coat in good condition. He should be groomed at least once a week using a pin brush and a metal comb. Any tangles and mats should be worked through using the metal comb. The hair between his foot pads needs to be trimmed every few weeks to keep dirt and debris from getting trapped and causing him irritation. He is a moderate shedder and will shed seasonally. During heavier shedding, he should be groomed two to three times a week. Since he has hanging ears, they should be checked once a week and cleaned as needed. Dirt and moisture can become trapped, causing infection. His nails will need to be trimmed as needed, usually every two to three weeks. A routine dental plan needs to be put in place to ensure he has healthy teeth and gums.

Drentsche Patrijshond Temperament

The Drentsche Patrijshond is an excellent gundog and avid hunter. He is loyal to his family and is softer in nature than most hunting dogs. He is considered to be a multipurpose dog that loves hunting, but is just as comfortable chasing vermin away from the home. He should always be watched closely with small pets that are in the home including cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. These animals are perceived as prey and he will try to harm them. Training is important for the Drentsche Patrijshond, however, because he is softer in nature he needs a gentler training program that uses positive reinforcement techniques. He is great for families with children. He announces visitors by barking and is more reserved with strangers. He should never exhibit shyness or aggression towards people. Since he is a hunting dog, he does require a lot of physical exercise each day such as a long walk or chasing a ball in the back yard with the kids. A sturdy fence is needed to keep him contained.

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