Monday, April 7, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Drentsche Patrijshond

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The Drentsche Patrijshond is also called the Dutch Partridge Dog and can be traced back to the 16th century, when the Spanish army brought spaniels north through France and to the Netherlands. It is one of the oldest of the versatile pointing breeds and its origin is thought to be as pointing dog for a falconer or cast-net hunter.

There are around 5,000 dogs registered with the breed club in the Netherlands, but they are not as common in other parts of the world.

These dogs make great family dogs and companions. While they have a strong hunting instinct, they have an ability to relax in the home, and they're known to be good with children. They announce visitors and will protect their family if need be, but they're not known for being aggressive.

This is a good breed for someone wanting an active dog that requires both physical and mental exercise. They like to have access to a place to run, and they excel in agility, hunting, tracking, and even dog sledding. Given proper stimulation and exercise they still tend to be calm indoors, and generally love to sit on the couch watching TV with their family.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. I met 2 of these dogs when I was working at the vet clinic. They were wild! Definitely an energetic breed!

    1. Interesting. If I've ever met one in real life I've probably thought, "some form of Spaniel." Cute, but probably needs something to do. =)