History & Overview
The Drentse Partridge Dog is an old breed of pointing dogs of spaniel type which originated in the province of Drenthe, Netherland. In his native country the breed is also called Drent, or Drentsche Patrijshond. It is believed to have descended from old Spioenen pointing dogs which were brought to Holland from Spain in the 16th century.
The Drentse Partridge Dog is a versatile hunting dog suitable for working many types of terrain. He hunts at close to medium ranges. When searching for the game, he moves his tail in a circular motion, especially when he picks up the scent. Before approaching the game, the dog waits for the hunter to come close; if this takes a long time, he goes back to his master.
Being a natural retriever, he needs little training. The Drentse Partridge Dogs are very intelligent, loyal, and friendly, especially with children.
His rather dense and abundant coat is longer on the neck, forechest, and ears. The ears, backside of legs and thighs are feathered. The hair on the ears, back and tail, is wavy. According to the breed standard, the color should be white with brown markings and specks. Less desired are dogs with a mixture of brown and white hair, with or without markings. Ears are brown, just like the hair around the eyes. The ideal height at the shoulders is between 55 and 63 cm.
- FCI Standard #224
- De Drentsche Patrijshond