At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 45-70 lbs.

Height: 22" - 25"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Drentsche Patrijshond

Also know as: Dutch Partridge Dog, Drentse Partridge Dog or Drent

Group: Pointer

Origin: The Netherlands

Today's Role: Companion and valued gun dog

History and Facts: In the 16th century the breed originated in France, Spain, and later the Netherlands. For over 300 years, the Drent was a versatile farm dog. It was equally comfortable hunting small game, playing with children or serving as a guard dog. In 1948 the Dutch Drent Breed club was founded and created three pillars for the breed: hunting, pet qualities and watch dog. Not only was the Drent expected to hunt, he was expected to warn of visitors to the farm or house, and to be a family pet.

Temperament / Behavior
Whether they are sitting quietly with their owners or on a long walk, Drents love to be around people. They are soft-tempered, extremely intelligent and easy to train.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Hip Dysplasia

Special Needs
Exercise: Although the Drent is content while sitting quietly with his owner, the breed must have sufficient exercise.

Grooming: Brushing should be done once a week.


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