Drente partridge spaniel

Other names: Drentsche Patrijshond, Drentsche Partridge Dog, Drente Partridge Spaniel, Drente Dutch Spaniel

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The Drente Partridge is a medium-sized, well-proportioned hunting dog with lean muscles and therefore the body is built for both strength and speed. The gait of the Drente Partridge Spaniel is well extended, balanced and without swaying on the sides.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Netherlands
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 24 kg From 55 cm to 60 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 58 cm to 63 cm
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History of the breed

The Drente Partridge is a descendant of the first spaniels that came from Spain to the Netherlands , via France, during the 16th century. The Dutch then called it Partridge Dog. In the eastern regions of the country, especially in the province of Drenthe, breeders have made efforts to preserve the purity of the breed. On May 15, 1943, it was officially recognized by the main Dutch cynophile institution, the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied. The official Drente Partridge Spaniel club was founded on June 5, 1948 .

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Physical features

His hair: dense, covering the whole body well, never curled. The outer coat is associated with an undercoat, the whole giving the dog good resistance to humidity. The hair is longer in some parts of the body, such as the neck, ears and chest.
Its color: predominantly white with brown markings, especially on the ears and around the eyes. With or without spots or speckles.
His head: wedge-shaped, moderately long, well proportioned to the rest of the body, drawn in a fluid and dry manner. The skull is rather broad and very slightly rounded. The stop is gradual, the superciliary arches well developed and clearly visible, the nose well developed and brown, the nostrils well open, the muzzle strong and tapering slightly towards its tip. The lips are thin and brown, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks moderately developed.
His ears: light, set high, hanging close to the head and without folds, wide at their base. Mobile and expressive, facing forward and slightly upright when the dog is attentive.
His eyes: wide apart, neither protruding, nor too deep. Moderate in size and oval in shape. Showing an expression of kindness and intelligence. Ideally amber in color.
Its body: of length greater than the height at the withers, the dog being therefore writable in a rectangle. The neck is strong and of medium length, the withers powerful, the back strong and straight, the loins well muscled, the croup wide and long, the chest deep and descended to the elbows, the line of the underside and the belly very slightly raised. .
Its tail: carried in the continuity of the top line, partly horizontal when the dog is in action (the last part being slightly curved upwards).

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Drente Partridge Spaniel is a pointer, able to evolve on a variety of terrains. He has this innate ability to stay in contact with his master hunter. When looking for game, the Drente Partridge Spaniel has the particularity of performing circular movements with the tail. He points to the game, holding himself firmly and waits firmly for his master to join him. The Drente Partridge Spaniel can be reserved, but it is not fearful. He is loyal and intelligent which, together with his kindness , makes him a great companion for the whole family .

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Due to its kindness and sensitivity, the Drente Partridge Spaniel must be educated without any form of brutality. It only takes a small dose of firmness , combined with softness, to make it a pleasant companion. By focusing on positive reinforcement , you improve your obedience and hone your innate hunter qualities. As with any hunting dog, the Drente Partridge Spaniel must learn to recall as early as possible .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Drente Partridge Spaniel is above all a hunting dog . He therefore turns to a teacher willing to provide him with sufficient opportunities to exercise himself on a daily basis. He is nonetheless a family companion who appreciates being with his family. The ideal living environment for him would be a house with a large fenced garden .


Ease of gaining weight

The Drente Partridge Spaniel is a generally healthy dog . It is resistant to bad weather thanks to its double coat.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 8 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Hereditary stomatocytosis
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Drente Partridge Spaniel dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Drente Partridge Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Drente Partridge is easy to maintain . It knows 2 moults per year, mainly in the fall and in the spring.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . During the moult, brushing becomes daily to get rid of dead hair.

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Drente Partridge is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Drente Partridge Spaniel is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Drente Partridge Spaniel is an active dog who needs long daily outings to exercise.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1960


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