They do a great job of capturing what chasing birds is all about - meaning the birds are really only the cherry on top. Enjoy courtesy of Project Upland.
Feel free to ignore the sales pitch for this guy's guiding services, and the corny, but nice Aussie girl that narrates. The video shows why the Mearns quail is my favorite bird to hunt, It doesn't hurt Arizona's AVA is just a few minutes to the north.
I really enjoy this video
As the Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America and kennel owner I field a good number of questions. One of the questions that I’ve been hit with several times over the years is Drent coat care. In general, most start off more or less the same:
“…I am reading about people saying you need to trim a Drent, and/or cut the hair on the ears to keep it from getting to long. Also how much effort do you put towards grooming/combing to help with shedding?”
So what I’ve done here is capture a typical response to this common question:
Drent hair, tends to be pretty fine, so regular brushing almost totally eliminates the need to bathe your Drent. Even if they get really muddy, just put them in their kennel to dry, one dried, take them out and brush (outdoors preferably). This works great unless the mud is super goopy, then you may want to get after that sooner rather than later with a hose and running water - you'll learn the tipping point.
Drents do not have an undercoat, unlike many other breeds like Labs, Golden Retrievers, huskies, etc. But since they have a decent amount of hair, they do okay in cold in environments. Maybe not as good as a Lab in cold water, but way better than a GSP, or English Pointer. I've hunted my Drents with both. Working in heat is very much up to the individual dog! I know an English pointer or two who are total rubbish in the heat…
Like most breeds, Drents shed twice a year. Managing the seasonal change is generally handled with a comb, followed by a pin brush, finished with a boar bristle brush. Use the comb to loosen and get the bulk of the hair which is ready to come out. Follow by the pin brush, it’ll do a nice job of sweeping up the rest. At this point you are likely to see dander, and so enters the Boar brush. The boar bristles will clean that up, and helps distribute the natural oils, and get the coat nice and shiny. If the bristles whiten, take the brush outdoors and pat/rub the bristles on a stone – that is all dander you don’t want in your house. This is also great for people allergic to dogs, like me. We are not allergic to the hair, hairs, or fur – but we are allergic to a dog’s dander. By reducing the dander on the dog it makes the dog easier and more pleasant to be around.
Usually a brief weekly grooming session handles everything pretty well, between shedding seasons, you might get to skip for a few weeks, if you Drent doesn't carry the brush to you for the attention. Normally, I trim nails every Wednesday, and each dog gets a quick brush down. Having four, you have to imagine it's a pretty quick job to get them “in and out”. During shedding season, I'll also brush them indoors while watching TV.
On trimming a Drent with scissors or shears. The only Drent that should "require" a trim would be one which has been "fixed". They tend to blow out their coat as they age, and it is magnified when they get fixed. If you need to trim your Drent because they are shaggy, with a full curl or more in the coat – please don’t breed your Drent, as it’s coat does not meet standards, the coat is “open”. My older female has been fixed, and she gets quite wooly in the winter, she gets shaved down for your annual trip to Arizona, due to the heat, and how much debris her open coat collects.
As for ear hair, yes, most Drents will develop some goofy looking tufts of fur on their ears, these tufts are also very susceptible to sun-bleaching, which further to alter the “correct” framing of the face, and Drent expression. Typically, these hairs are simply plucked out by moistening your fingertips, and plucking - at first your Drent may not appreciate it much, but they soon get over it. The end result is a "properly framed face". If you have let it get really out of hand, a stripping comb maybe handy, but be careful as you can take too much very quickly, and that look isn’t very sporty either.
Ever wonder why updates to our web page come in fits and spurts? Well, we'd like to take a moment to reveal our webmaster. For a dog, his spelling and grammar is pretty good, don't cha think?
We are proud supporters of what is likely to become the singularly most important health initiative ever to take place for the Drent in history. The Healthy Drent! Also known as the DNA Working group in its formative days, Two Gun kennels might even be able to take credit for providing the inspiration and impetus for the movement which already spans multiple nations, owners of all types, and any club or association which claims to care about the Drent! This group intends to raise the funds to find where PRA & Epilepsy "live" within the very DNA of the Drent. Once we know this, scuttlebutt, hearsay will have even less of a place than it does now. A clear path forward for the overarching health of the Drent can be forged and a way ahead plotted. Please pledge your support: http://www.gezondedrent.eu
The short answer is yes and 2016 is looking to be a big year for us. We are working on more than providing stud service to some of the most exciting and in demand Drent puppies in North America! We anticipate having the opportunity to breed our Powder in the spring of 2016, and possibly whelping a litter for a friend, more info on this soon. For Powder's first litter, we have been working with the owners of some very nice prospective stud dogs to get them DPCNA cleared, approved and ready to go. Provided these new stud dogs get cleared, we will be the first to use these exciting new entries to the DPCNA breeding program. With that its just too early to make a clear announcement on exactly which stud we will end up using. Naturally Powder will also have to complete her own DPCNA health clearance before we will use her in our breeding program. Our questionnaire is available, and we are actively building our 2016 client list. If you can't find it, just drop us a line, we'll ensure you get a copy right away. Until next time - Brian & Nikki
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This photo, circa 1910, courtesy of Antoine Breunis, is of a Drent, and a pair of other dogs being used for carting. Many Dutch people will tell you the Drent is a farm dog, and here is the indisputable evidence. While I do not deny the humble origins of the Drent as a farm dog, I prefer to think of non-traditional roles such as what this photo depicts, for what the Drent is capable of. Essentially, the Drent “turns it up to 11 and rips the knob off” common term terms, like “versatile”, we North American's use to describe pointing dogs who happen to also retrieve, swim, and can hunt fur. These days not too many, if any, Drents are being used to bring goods to market, but they are being trained and used as service dogs, search and rescue, tracking, hunting potentially dangerous game, like wild boar, in addition to a myriad of activities like ski/bikejoring, canicross, agility, rally and of course all things hunting. What else are Drents capable of?
I'm just a guy suffering with an infatuation with gundogs since childhood. Forty some odd years later this is what you get.