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Drentse Patrijshond

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Drentse Patrijshond
Alternative names
Drent’scher Hühnerhund
Drentse Partridge Dog
Dutch Partridge Dog
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 7 Section 1 #224  
UKC: Gun Dog Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Drentsche Patrijshond is a rare dog breed, not widely known even in its country of origin, The Netherlands, although breed clubs operate in Denmark and Norway, and a small number of American breeders have recently introduced the dog to the United States. The Drentsche Patrijshond, also known as the Drentse Partridge Dog or Dutch Partridge Dog, bears some resemblance to the spaniel and setter families. An excellent pointer and retriever, this dog is often used to hunt fowl and adapts equally well to the field or marshes.


Valid color is white with brown or orange markings. Tricoloured, with the addition of tan markings, is permissible. A mantle is permissible, but generally less desired. Size: 55 to 63 cm (22 to 25 in).


The Drentsche Patrijshond originated in the 16th century from the Spioenen (or Spanjoelen) which came to the Netherlands through France from Spain- whence the spaniel category. In the Netherlands, these dogs were called partridge dogs. In the eastern parts of the country, particularly the province of Drenthe, the dog was kept a purebred. The breed was officially recognized by the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in 1943, although its presence had been visible for centuries, including in Dutch master paintings (see Rijksmuseum online portraits by Vermeer, Rubens, et al.)


Though the breed shows a strong hunting instinct in the field, and can be quite driven, these dogs tend to be more relaxed in the home than many of the hunting breeds. They are strongly attached to family members, loyal, and of sweet disposition, particularly with children.

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