Let's talk Drentsche Partridge Dogs

Dating back some 500 years, the Drentsche Partridge Dog (or Drentsche Patrijshond) is a true European of the canine world. Originating in the Netherlands, these continental pointers were bred from dogs that arrived from Spain by way of France. Proving to be incredibly versatile, they were equally successful as sporting animals, farm dogs and family pets. Affectionate, loyal and sensitive, the Drentsche Partridge Dog has certainly been a cherished companion for many. In short, these smart, sporty dogs seem able to take most things in their ample stride.

Official name: Drentsche Partridge Dog

Other names: Drentsche Patrijshond, Dutch Partridge Dog, Drent

Origins: The Netherlands

Close-up of Drentsche Patrijshond in black and white
 Drooling tendencies

Low

Warm weather? Medium
 Shedding level Medium
Suited to apartment living?  Low
 Energy level * Medium to high Family pet? *
Very high
 Compatibility with other pets Medium
Can stay alone?* Low

 * We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behaviour. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.
 
For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socializing your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioral needs).
 
Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.
 
Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice.
 
All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company.  However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.

 
Spider chart of Drentsche Patrijshond characteristics
Illustration of Drentsche Patrijshond
Male
59 - 64 cm Height
30 - 35 kg Weight
Female
55 - 60 cm Height
25 - 31 kg Weight

 Baby age  Birth to 2 months
 Puppy age  2 to 12 months
 Adult age 1 to 7 years
 Mature age  7 to 10 years
 Senior age  From 10 years

Drentsche Patrijshond sitting in long grass

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Get to know the Drentsche Partridge Dog

All you need to know about the breed

With physical similarities to both the spaniel and the setter, and qualities of both the pointer and the retriever, the Drentsche Partridge Dog is the consummate all-rounder. Intelligent, agile and adaptable, there is little these intuitive animals can’t turn their paws too – and yet they make a near-perfect pet, too, forming a deeply strong attachment to their human families.

Hailing from the Dutch province of Drenthe, in the Netherlands, the breed was developed in the 1500s. Ever since then, throughout their long history, the Drentsche Partridge Dog has performed three key roles: as adept sporting animals; all-round farm dogs; and playmates and guardians to the children of their owners. That remains the case today.

Medium to large in size, the Drentsche Partridge Dog is powerful, well balanced and athletic. Usually a mix of chestnut brown and white, their thick coat is dense and lustrous, with feathers on the leg, underside and at the end of their long tails. With particularly expressive eyes, they seem to have a natural ability to tune into their owners – perhaps garnered from so many generations of working together.

Drentsche Patrijshond walking over grass and mud

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2 facts about Drentsche Partridge Dogs

1. A canine tongue-twister

If you’ve been wondering how to pronounce the native name of the Drentsche Partridge Dog – the Drentsche Patrijshond – you’re not alone. Although it is a bit of a tongue-twister, it’s not so bad when broken down. In short, it’s pronounced “da’rinse-ah puh’trice-hoon”. However, as they’re often known as the ‘Drent’ for short, there’s always that option too.

2. A second home

One of the rarest pointing breeds in North America, the Drentsche Partridge Dog nonetheless has a loyal and devoted following there. In fact, there is even a dedicated club, the Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America, formed in 2007. The club’s primary objective is to establish a sound breeding programme for the Drentsche Partridge Dog “based on adherence to the Dutch standard.”

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History of the breed

Originating in what is now the Netherlands, the Drentsche Partridge Dog was bred from pointers that arrived from Spain by way of France some 500 years ago. They are also thought to be related to small Münsterländers and French spaniels. In any event, so adaptable were the resulting animals that they were soon being used for everything from sport and herding to carting.

Hailing from the east of the country – chiefly the region of Drenthe – these cherished hounds were bred only among themselves. This differed from other places where the Drentsche Partridge Dog was often mixed with foreign breeds. As such, the breed in its pure form has remained most prevalent in the Netherlands.

The Drentsche Partridge Dog was officially recognised there, by the Dutch Kennel Club, in 1943. Not long after, the country’s breed club was formed in 1948. Today, there is a growing band of loyal followers elsewhere, with breed clubs in Belgium, Denmark and Scandinavia, as well as the aforementioned one in North America. The Drentsche Partridge Dog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel Club (AKC) since 2010.

Side view of Drentsche Patrijshond in black and white

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From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Drentsche Partridge Dogs

1. Head

Broad head, wedge-shaped muzzle and long ears set high.

2. Coat

Dense coat, usually white with brown patches and/or spots.

3. Body

Medium-sized body, straight back and long, bushy tail.

Close-up side view of Drentsche Patrijshond with tongue out

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Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Drentsche Partridge Dog
Drentsche Patrijshond leaping mid-air

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Caring for your Drentsche Partridge Dog

Grooming, training and exercise tips

Although the body hair of the Drentsche Partridge Dog is fairly short and flat, they have longer fur on their neck and chest and fringing on their legs and tail. For this reason, they will need a good brush through at least once a week, as well as the occasional bath. As the Drentsche Partridge Dog is also known for shedding, they should have extra grooming during those periods. In addition, they’ll need regular checks of their ears, claw clipping as required and teeth brushing daily (the secret with that is to start them off early…). In terms of exercise, the Drentsche Partridge Dog has a high energy level and will require at least one to three hours every day. The good news, though, is that this can be divided between long walks, games in the park or even canine sports such as agility or obedience. Although super-smart, and generally a pleasure to train, it’s worth noting that the Drentsche Partridge Dog can have a slight stubborn streak at times. Patience and positive reinforcement are the key. As well as puppy training, be sure to give your Drentsche Partridge Dog plenty of early socialisation with humans and other animals.

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All about Drentsche Partridge Dogs

Gentle and playful, the Drentsche Partridge Dog is known to be excellent with children, once trained. In fact, this is one of the things for which they are renowned. Just be sure if they’re with younger ones that the children know how to play gently and properly – and, of course, keep an eye on any very little ones. On a separate note, it’s best to keep your Drentsche Partridge Dog away from any small animals due to their natural prey drive.

Once they are fully grown, the Drentsche Partridge Dog is medium to large in size. Typically, the top height for a male is around 63.5cm (25in) and for the female it is 59.5cm (23.5in). In terms of weight, the male Drentsche Partridge Dog generally reaches between 30-35kg (66-77lb) and the female is usually in the category from 25-31kg (55-68.5lb). 

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Sources

1 - Veterinary Centers of America https://vcahospitals.com/ 

2 - Royal Canin Dog Encyclopaedia. Ed 2010 and 2020

3 - Banfield Pet Hospital https://www.banfield.com/

4 - Royal Canin BHN Product Book

5 - American Kennel Club https://www.akc.org/