The Drentsche Patrijshond, also known as the Dutch Partridge Dog, dates back to the 16th century. The breed was developed from pointing dogs in Spain and then brought through France to The Netherlands, specifically in the province of Drenthe, in the 16th century. They were used as an all-around working dog, particularly for hunting game birds like partridge, which gives them their name.
The Dutch Partridge Dog may suffer from cryptorchidism, distichiasis, ectropion, entropion, epilepsy, hypertrophic gastritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, hyperuricosuria, hypothyroidism, persistent pupillary membranes, progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, stomatocytosis, and von Willebrand disease (Type I).
The Drentsche Patrijshond is known for being friendly, intelligent, and energetic. They are good family dogs, especially with children, that also get along well with other pets.Their hunting instincts make them alert and observant, and they are often used as watchdogs. As a working breed, they need regular mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
The Drentsche Patrijshond is related to the Small Munsterlander and the Epagneul Francais.
Drentsche Patrijshond is pronounced da'rinse-ah puh'trice-hoon.
They were bred to announce visitors to the home or farm without showing any aggression or fear.