General Information

Dog NameDrentsche Patrijshond
Other NamesDrentsche Patrijshond
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
GroupGun Dog
Breed ForHunting game
Country of OriginNetherlands

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male25
Max Ideal Weight for male30
Min Ideal Weight for female21
Max Ideal Weight for male30


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentLoyal, Smart, Energetic
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginNetherlands
Nicknames and Other NamesDrentsche Patrijshond
Drent, Dutch Partridge
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupGun Dogs
Bred ForVersatile hunting dog
Recognized ByUKC, AKC, FCI
Life Span11-14 years
Ideal Weight48-73 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 23-25
Female: 22-24
Fur Typedense, medium length
Common ColorsWhite
MarkingsBrown markings
AvailabilityModerately available
AchievementsConsidered the Cradle of the Drent
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToSmall Munsterlander Pointer

The Drentse Patrijshond is a dog breed is from the Netherlands. Although it is a very old gundog breed, it was not granted formal recognition until the 1940s. This modern dog breed is normally a gundog and companion animal.

The Drentse Patrijshond is one of the most popular working gundogs in the Netherlands but is very rare elsewhere in the world. The Drentsche Patrijshond is also known as the Dutch gundog, Dutch Partridge Dog, Drent, Drentsche Patrijshond, and the Drentse Partridge dog.

Origin and History

The roots of Drentsche Patrijshond the gundog can be traced back to the 16th century. It is a descendant of Spanish breed Spioenen. It is believed that a German breed called small Munster lander has also contributed to the development of Drentsche Patrijshond.

Drentsche Patrijshond breed got its recognition in the Dutch kennel club in 1943. American kennel club recognized it only in 2010. The dog is known for its agility and sensitiveness for prey scents.

Unlike most breeds, the Drentse Patrijshond remains primarily a working dog. The majority of Drentse Patrijshond are either working or retired gun dogs. This is especially true in North America, where the breed is kept as a hunter. However, the breed is gaining the reputation as an excellent companion dog.

Are they child-friendly?

Yes, Drentse Patrijshond dogs are child-friendly and are loyal to families and children However, children they don’t know maybe more of a challenge and should always be supervised. The dogs should be trained on how to interact with animals to avoid incidents. Socializing and training them help to interact them to children and strangers.

As with every breed, teach children how to approach and touch dogs and always supervise any interactions between the dogs and children to prevent any biting or ear pulling or tail pulling. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he is eating or sleeping. No dogs should be left unsupervised with children.

Behavior, Temperament and personality


Drentse Patrijshond dogs are highly energetic and outgoing. They are even sweet with strangers. However, this makes them not appropriate for watchdog. The Drentse Patrijshond dogs are friendly with home animals including cats. Like other gun dogs, they have a natural instinct to prey upon rodents and birds. To humans, these dogs are affectionate, lovable and less aggressive compared to other breeds.


Drentsche Patrijshond becomes ferocious hunter at the hunting spot and transforms itself into a peaceful breed at home. This sweet temperament of this breed is commendable. This breed has strong prey drive for birds. With children, they are lively and easily woo them. They are also caring for their family members.

Daily physical and mental simulation makes the dog life harmonious at home. Drentsche Patrijshond is the best running and jogging companion as they crave for running in an open apartment. They love to go on an adventurous ride with their owners.
Drentse Patrijshond dog


It is very important to start training the Drentse Patrijshond puppy as soon as he comes to ensure a well behaved adult dog later. It is integral not to wait for six months to start training as this might make it impossible to train your dog.

Drentsche Patrijshond dogs are natural hunters so you do not need to do much to train the dog. Their high intelligence makes them easy to train. You need to be gentle in teaching them socialization. An  oriented training program that includes food is best for them. You can also train this dog in other activities like search and rescue operations.


Some of the facts related to Drentse Patrijshond dogs are as follows:

  • The breed of Drentse Patrijshond originated from the Netherlands.
  • The height of adult dog ranges from 55 to 63 cm.
  • Drentse Patrijshond dogs are loyal, skillful and highly intelligent.
  • Tricolored dogs are also common in this breed.
  • Puppy price ranges from $500-$700.
  • The lifespan of the breed is about 12 to 15 years.
  • The litter size of this breed is about 4 to 8 puppies.
  • Grooming cost of this breed is negligible.
  • This breed is not hypoallergic.
facts of drentsche patrijshond dog
Drentsche Patrijshond dog

Health issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Eye Problem,
Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Elbow Dysplasia,
Heart Disease, Cancer, Entropion, Deafness
Vaccination RequiredLeptospirosis, Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
SheddingHeavy Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 28%
Fat: 10%
Fish Oil

Drentse Patrijshond dogs breed are healthy but like all other breeds, they are prone to certain health issues. They are:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy: It is characterized by the bilateral degeneration of the retina causing progressive vision loss
  • Hereditary stomatocytosis: It describes the  conditions which affect the red blood cell
  • Hip dysplasia: It is the condition in which the ball and socket joints are not properly formed
  • Elbow dysplasia: It is a condition involving multiple abnormalities of the elbow joint in dogs.
  • Deafness: It is a condition where the dog may be totally deaf
  • Entropion: It is a medical condition in which the eyelid folds inward


Drentse Patrijshond dogs are found in following different colors:

  • Tricolor
  • Orange and white
  • Brown and white



The average cost of the puppies is $500 -$700 USD.


Drentse Patrijshond dogs have height of 55 to 63 cm and weigh about 48-73 pounds in average.

Drentsche Patrijshond puppies

Which dogs breed are they similar to?

Some of the breeds similar to Drentse Patrijshond dogs are as follows:

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