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Drentse Patrijshond

Drentse Patrijshond
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Origin / History The Drentse Patrijshond originated in the 16th century. These dogs came from the Spioenen, which came from Spain to the Netherlands, and are related to Germany's Small Münsterländer and France's Epagneul Français. Drentse Patrijshonds are also called partridge dogs because they were used for hunting quails and partridges that were abundant in the Netherlands.

Before these dogs were recognized formally as a modern breed in 1943, they had been kept in Drenthe, a rural province in the Netherlands. The breed standard for the Drentse Patrijshond was developed and approved by the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied (Dutch Kennel Club) in 1943. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale uses the standard developed in the Netherlands as the standard used for international competitions. This breed is also recognized by the United Kennel Club.

Appearance The Drentse Patrijshond has a muscular and medium length back and powerful loins. These dogs have an arched and fairly broad head with a skull that is slightly rounded. Their oval eyes are medium in size and amber in colour. Their broad ears are set high and fall along their cheeks. The muzzle of these dogs is tapering to a point. Their nose is black, and their teeth meet in a scissor or level bite. Other common characteristics of these is a necks that is strong and short and a deep chest. They have straight, well-muscled, and well-set legs. The tail of these dogs is set high and can reach to the hocks. Another distinct feature is their feet with hair between the toes.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed is white with markings that are orange or brown in colour. These dogs usually have one plate covering their backside above their tail. It's also acceptable for these dogs to be tricoloured with some tan markings. Although this is less desired, they can also have a mantle.

Temperament These dogs are hardworking and are eager to please their family members. They have strong hunting instincts and enjoy smelling various objects, making them good pointers and retrievers. Drentse Patrijshonds are good-natured and considered excellent pets.  These dogs can actually be affectionate with children.  They can also get along well with dogs and other animals. But due to their hunting instincts, though, they should be kept away from animals such as pheasants, hare, rabbits, and fowl.

Height and Weight Dogs of this breed have a height of around 22 to 26 inches and a weight ranging from 44 to 55 pounds.

Common Health Problems Drentse Patrijshonds are generally healthy dogs and have no recorded genetic health problems. The illnesses that affect these dogs are those common to other dog breeds.

Living Conditions It would be good for these dogs to live in marshy lands. It's also important for these dogs to be provided with a large space where they can run around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Dogs of this breed are active and require much exercise; therefore, they should be taken out for long walks daily. These dogs also enjoy swimming and are excellent at hunting in water.

Training Requirements Eager to please and adaptable, these dogs require little training and would respond best to owners who use firm and gentle training methods. It's not advisable for these dogs to be trained using harsh methods. These dogs should also be socialized well from puppyhood onwards, so that they'll grow up to be well-mannered.

Life Expectancy These dogs have a life span of approximately 12 to 13 years.

Grooming Drentse Patrijshonds need to be brushed and combed regularly to eliminate loose and dead hairs from their coat. These dogs are average shedders and should be brushed more frequently during shedding season.

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