Pachon Navarro

44-66 lbs
Old Spanish Pointer, Perdiguero Navarro, Navarro pointer, and Pachon De Victoria

Quiet, smart, strong and loyal, the Pachon Navarro is a friendly dog born to hunt with their master. These hard-working dogs have droopy ears and a mouth that gives them a solemn appearance, which is dispelled by their warm brown eyes.

The breed was developed in Spain and is easy to recognize due to their unique double nose. The nostrils are divided by a band of skin and they have a deep cleft which divides the nose — it is like looking at the business end of a double barrelled shotgun!

Apart from hunting or carousing in the country, this dog makes an ideal family dog. They are affectionate and fun-loving, relate well to other dogs, and are gentle and kind with children. Nothing much escapes their sharp eyes, and they will warn you about strangers, but generally, the Pachon is a quiet natured dog. Other smaller animals or birds do not fare so well, as the Pachon are bred to chase and hunt them. While they can get along well with cats and other small animals if raised with them, they are not to be trusted as the instinct to chase can kick in at a moments notice. This dog is best where they have a large yard to roam in, with a farm being the ideal location (especially if the owner likes to hunt). The Pachon Navarro likes to be with their people and will sulk if left alone outside. They are part of your pack and want to be included, cossetted and loved.

purpose Purpose
Gundog, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Greyhounds, Indigenous Mastiffs, French Braque

Pachon Navarro Health

Average Size
Male Pachon Navarro size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 44-66 lbs
Female Pachon Navarro size stats
Height: 18-23 inches Weight: 44-66 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Thyroid
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Allergies
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Optical Examination for PRA
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Pachon Navarro Breed History

The Pachon Navarro first appeared in history back in the 12th century in Spain when it was fashionable to develop various strains of hunting dogs around Europe. Each breeder or club had their favorites, and many new breeds soon developed. The Pachon was no different, except for their unique double nose, often referred to as looking down the business end of a double barrel shotgun. How that nose came about is anyone's guess, as the breeding line documentation is lost in time. By the 1800's it was decided to divide the various breeds into groups, with a dedicated group of breeders and fanciers siding with the group of their interest. Then in 1922, the Pachon Navarro became officially recognized with the standard set for the breed. Sadly, disaster occurred in the 1950's when a virus called myxomatosis almost wiped the Pachon out. That, combined with the earlier Spanish Civil War losses, decimated the dog’s numbers. In fact, many people thought the breed had been wiped out, but in 1970 a handful of the dogs were found in remote villages. Pressure on the Central Canine Society of Madrid resulted in the launching of an investigation into Spanish Breeds with the aim to find and save the various breeds that were slipping into extinction. Today, the Pachon Navarro is still in recovery mode and battling to secure its place amongst the many breeds of today. The aim is to promote the dog's growth without altering the breed — a noble and virtuous goal. 

Pachon Navarro Breed Appearance

The Pachon Navarro is a large dog breed with great strength and stamina. The Pachon can weigh up to 60 pounds or more and was developed in response to the need for an agile hunting companion. They have a rectangular shaped body, thick muscular neck and short but strong legs. Most of this breed has short hair, although some rare dogs have long silky coats. The skin can be quite loose around the neck and often gives rise to a double chin. The Pachon Navarro has a solid boxy skull, broad forehead and expressive eyebrows. A long muzzle and pendulous mouth give them a solemn, almost gloomy look, but their soft, warm brown eyes dispel that impression immediately. Floppy long ears are set low on the head, but it is their nose that sets them apart. Most Pachons have a double nose. This nose appears to be a normal nose but has two distinctive large nostrils separated by a band of skin that divides the nose. It is claimed that this muzzle made them a superior hunting dog, but that has yet to be proven. They come in various colors ranging from black and white, brown and white, dark brown (liver) and white, and rich orange and white. They may have 'freckles' of color on the coat as well. A noble, serious looking dog, they are devoted and loyal companions and excellent hunting dogs.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pachon Navarro eyes
amber Pachon Navarro eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pachon Navarro nose
brown Pachon Navarro nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Pachon Navarro coat
black Pachon Navarro coat
brown Pachon Navarro coat
white Pachon Navarro coat
red Pachon Navarro coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pachon Navarro curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pachon Navarro Breed Maintenance

The Pachon Navarro are considered low maintenance, requiring just a weekly brushing and maybe a rub down with a damp cloth to keep them looking dapper. Brushing will remove any loose hair and dirt, or will help during times when they shed their coat. If you do bathe your Pachon Navarro, a mild dog shampoo will be kinder on their skin than a human product. With long droopy ears, you will need to frequently check inside and wipe the inner ear gently to avoid inflammation from dirt and debris. Also while brushing, remember to check for fleas which this dog is quite prone to. Keeping on top of this will avoid health issues down the road. Finally, check their eyes for injury, brush their teeth (2 to 3 times per week), and trim their nails and your Pachon Navarro is ready for action.

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Brushes for Pachon Navarro
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Pachon Navarro requires weekly brushing
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Pachon Navarro Temperament

The Pachon Navarro is a kind, gentle dog who's devoted to their family and master. They like to be active — large open spaces suit this dog best. Apartment living isn't for them. The Pachon is well adapted for their purpose, that of a hunting dog. They have the focus and patience for hunting small game animals and birds, and yet are obedient and loyal to their master. Daily exercise is important for this dog; they need to be out doing something, not just lazing on a patio, although they will indulge themselves given the opportunity.

Although they have a somber appearance, the Pachon is a happy dog and very playful. They will join in family games and enjoy fetching and playing tug of war or other games. No slouch in the muscles stakes, this dog is a good one to have on your side in a game that requires strength. The Pachon Navarro is a devoted pet and will sulk if left outside. They want to be inside with you and the family as that is where they believe they belong — they are part of your "pack". Adorable as puppies, they grow into a lovely mature dog with a great nature and loving personality.

Pachon Navarro Activity Requirements

This unique Spanish dog is known for its ability to hunt small game and birds. They love the wide open spaces and does best in a home with plenty of room to move. Apartments cannot provide that space, and while the Pachon Navarro is adaptable, it is not fair to confine them so much. They like to be busy and need lots of daily exercise to keep them healthy. They bond closely to their family, and are affectionate and playful at home. Games where they have to track and find an object would be perfect for this dog, as would long walks along the beach or country lane. Although a large solid dog, they are kind and gentle with children and are protective of them although not aggressive. Keep them on a leash when out and about as a newly scented trail could lead them astray. The Pachon Navarro responds well to training, as they are both intelligent and eager to please. They mix well with other people and dogs, and are vigorous hard workers who will serve their owners well.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
16 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
80 minutes
activity minutes

Pachon Navarro Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Pachon Navarro Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pachon Navarro size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Pachon Navarro size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pachon Navarro size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 28.0 lbs
Female Pachon Navarro size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 28.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Pachon Navarro size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 53.0 lbs
Female Pachon Navarro size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.5 inches Weight: 53.0 lbs

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