The “Drentsche Patrijshond” origins can be traced back to the 16th century. The breed comes from the Spioenen (or Spanjoelen) which brought to the Netherlands from Spain, and is a close relative to the Epagneul Français and the Münsterländer of Germany. These dogs are called partridge dogs in the Netherlands.
In the rural Province of Drenthe this dog was used to hunt all kinds of animals, and also served as watchdog and companion. Some representatives were used to pull carts with merchandise.
After the hunt, the dog transforms into a perfect family pet. At night, it becomes a guardian and protector of the property.
In 2010, the AKC recognized the North America Drentsche Patrijshond Club (DPCNA) and the AKC Foundation Stock Program, allowed owners to participate in events such as agility competitions and hunt tests. Due to the fantastic qualities of this breed, puppies for sale are mostly sought by farmers and hunters in the countryside.
The Drentse Partridge Dog's height is between 55 and 63 cm. The weight could vary from 20 to 27 kg. The color is white with brown or orange spots. The coat is with medium length, with longer hair on the chest. The skull is slightly rounded with a wedge shaped muzzle and a brown nose with wide opened nostrils. The eyes are set apart showing an intelligent and kind expression.
Character and behavior
In general, these dogs are intelligent, loving, soft natured and sweet. At the same time, they are stubborn, naughty, hard headed and reserved towards strangers. Like most of the "working breeds", they need a lot of exercise - physically, as well as mentally. You have to mix up the tasks and commands, or you will see your dog gives you the "we just did that" look.
Training and education
The Drentse Partridge Dog needs a gentle but firm approach. He is stubborn, but a harsh word can hurt his feelings. The puppies are eager to please, and will do anything for the owner they respect. Their personality makes the education a little bit harder, but the results can be fantastic, because this dog uses his intelligence in training.
If you don't earn the respect of your pet, he will take advantage and become the boss in the house. You should be aware that the cute little puppy can become a stubborn adult dog.
This is generally a very healthy breed. Some representatives are prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and hereditary stomatocytosis.
The average life expectancy is about 11 – 13 years.
Grooming and care
This dog does not need a special coat maintenance. Brushing it once or twice a week is enough. You should pay attention to the parts with longer hair. After a hunting day, you must comb the fur of your pet to remove cheat grass, burrs and dirt. Check and clean the ears more often to avoid infections. It is recommended to trim the nails regularly.
Children and other pets
This breed possesses a strong hunting instinct and is very energetic outside, but could be calm and relaxed in the house, like many other active dogs. These Dutch setters are strongly attached to their owner and to all family members. They are loyal, and kind, especially with children. Most of them will tolerate smaller pets and other dogs.
The Drentse Partridge Dog was very popular in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the 17th-century painting “The Hunter's Present”, by Gabriel Metsu a dog of this breed can be seen laying next to a hunter, as he is giving his woman a partridge.