Drentsche Partridge Dog
Other names: Drentse Patrijshond, Drent, Dutch Partridge Dog
The Dutch Partridge Dog is a versatile hunting breed. It bears a close resemblance to the spaniel and English setter breeds. Happiest when they're working or exercising, these dogs are best suited to the rural lifestyle and may struggle to adapt to urban environments. The Dutch Partridge Dog has a loyal and sweet-natured disposition. They form exceptionally strong bonds with their owners and are really good around small children.
Key facts about the Drentsche Partridge Dog
Origins and history
The Partridge dog was developed in the Drenthe region of the Netherlands during the sixteenth century. Although she was primarily used as a hunting and retrieving dog, she often did extra work as a guard dog.
The Drentse Patrijshond is also much stronger than she looks and many farmers and merchants used this breed to pull carts loaded with goods.
Today, there are an estimated 5,000 Partridge Dogs registered in the Netherlands. It remains relatively unknown throughout the rest of the world and wasn't recognised by American Kennel clubs until 2010.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Drentsche Partridge Dog
Female : Between 22 and 24 in
Male : Between 23 and 25 in
Female : Between 55 and 68 lb
Male : Between 66 and 77 lb
Brown and white, tri-colour, with or without flecks or spots.
Type of coat
Short, dense, waterproof coat. Feathery around the tail, ears, and legs.
Dark brown, amber.
This is a well-proportioned dog with a strong, muscular frame that allows her to reach the speed necessary for a hunting dog. She has a dense white coat with large brown markings, and a deep chest with a long, well-developed rib cage. She has a wedge-shaped head, short muzzle and long, hanging ears, and her wide-set eyes give her an intelligent expression. These dogs can easily be mistaken for a Springer Spaniel or English Setter.
Good to know
This dog needs lots of high-energy exercise. This need can’t be overstated. Without enough physical stimulation, a Partridge Dog will become a very unhappy dog.
She is still very much a working dog in her native Netherlands. So think carefully before adopting one. The Drentse Patrijshond is nowhere near as domesticated as some other breeds.
One of the peculiarities of this breed lies in the fact that, during the search, her tail is agitated by a rotary movement, more and more rapidly as she approaches her prey.
This friendly, loyal dog is very affectionate towards her owner. She becomes soft and playful around small children.
The Dutch Partridge dog is a very playful breed. She enjoys games that stimulate her physical and mental abilities.
When she’s working or exercising, this dog is driven, determined and will run and explore for hours. But when the working day is done, she becomes very calm and docile.
Like most working spaniel breeds, the Drentse Patrijshond is an intelligent dog. She picks things up quickly and has a real willingness to follow her owner's commands.
This dog is a natural tracker with a very high prey drive. She was the dog of choice for many Dutch hunters and specialised in tracking and retrieving birds, rabbits, and foxes.
Fearful / wary of strangers
This dog is never afraid of strangers.
The Dutch Partridge Dog was bred to co-exist with humans. She tends to be autonomous when hunting, but at other times stays close to her favourite people and looks to them for guidance and companionship.
Behaviour of the Drentsche Partridge Dog
She can bear brief absences from her master, but only if her needs have been met and she has plenty to keep herself occupied with.
Easy to train / obedience
This smart dog is a real pleasure to train. The vast majority of owners have no problems handling these naturally obedient dogs.
The Dutch Partridge Dog is a quiet dog that will only bark when she needs to.