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Dutch Partridge Dog, Drentsche Patrijshond, Drent
Males 57-63 cm
Females 55-60 cm
Males 30-35 kg
Females 25-31 kg
Thick, coarse, medium length
White with brown or orange marks; tricolor (with a reddish tint) allowed
Hunting dogs, dogs for children
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The Drent appeared in the Netherlands a pretty long time ago. It got its name thanks to the province of Drent. The first references to the breed date back to the 16th century, although it is much older. Its ancestors were Spanish and French lap dogs.
The Drent dog is also called the Drentse Patrijshond. From the Dutch, “patrijshond” translates as “kuropatka”, which explains the breed’s name’s Russian variant. In 1943 the Drentse Patrijshonds was officially recognized by the International Canine Federation. And only 60 years later, the standard of the breed was approved.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Drentse Patrijshond is a medium-sized dog with a compact, stretched body. The chest is broad and deep, with long ribs. The back is solid and straight, with a wide loin. The dog’s neck is powerful and short. On it sits a handsome head in proportion to the torso. The muzzle is blunt, wedge-shaped. The eyes are amber in color, small. The ears are floppy, covered with long hair. The limbs are strong, with round paws. The tail is long, hanging down. The hair is coarse, thick, not long.
The Drentse Patrijshond has an excellent character. It is a calm and good-natured animal that quickly becomes attached to the owner. The dog is very fond of children, even the smallest. He will gladly play with them. In the house, the dog behaves quite obediently, does not raise his voice in vain. Quite calmly refers to cats and other pets, which is strange for a hunting breed. In addition to the ability to hunt, the Patrydog also has excellent guarding and protective qualities.
It is best to keep the Drent is a country house with a large yard. Since it needs regular walks in the fresh air. Regular physical activity is vital for the Drentse Patrijshond because it is a true hunter.
The coat is easy to care for. Comb it with a stiff brush once a week. With molting, you will need to do the procedure more often. It is not necessary to bathe the dog often; the coat tends to clean itself quite well. After a hunt in a bush, carefully inspect the dog and remove thorns and other debris from its fur. Also, don’t forget to check the eyes and ears and clean them if necessary.
The Drentse Patrijshond is an intelligent animal. It is easy to train. But it is worth remembering that the dog is obedient and has a gentle disposition. It requires affectionate treatment and will not tolerate arrogance or rudeness. Under no circumstances should you shout and show force to the pet to not cause psychological trauma to the dog. As a result, the animal will become withdrawn and timid. With the right attitude, the dog learns quickly. Regular long walks and physical activity are a must for the Patrijdog. He loves to swim and run.
The Drentse Patrijshond has a strong immune system. Common diseases:
- hip dysplasia;
- progressive atrophy of the retina;
- hereditary stomatitis;
- Infectious diseases of the ears.
Particular attention should be paid to your dog’s floppy ears, which are often clogged with debris and moisture. Regular cleaning is necessary to prevent inflammation and deafness. Don’t forget to vaccinate your pet as well.
The diet of the Drent is worth special attention. A healthy, active dog needs 1-1.5 standard diets. Its basis should consist of meat and dairy products. Also, you should not forget about cereals, vegetables, greens. An energetic Drentse Patrijshond needs vitamins and minerals for the normal functioning of the body. He can get them both from natural products and ready-made vitamin and mineral complexes.