Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America
The DPCNA is the official parent club for the Drent in North America.
Mission statement: The Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America was established to develop and maintain the Drentsche Patrijshond as a field ready, and family oriented versatile pointing dog in North America as the breed is kept in its native homeland, the Netherlands. The primary objective of the organization is to establish a sound breeding program based on adherence to the Dutch standard for type, coat, conformation, the elimination of physical defects, and of course field use. A strong emphasis will be placed on the dogs’ hunting abilities; nose, pointing, cooperation, temperament, and water work
Drentsche Patrijshonds have been imported and hunted over in North America for over a decade now. In 2007, a core group of Drent owners began working together to form the basis of a North American breed club for the Drent. Slowly but surely this vision has come to fruition. The Drentsche Patrijshond Club of North America (DPCNA) strives to maintain the Drent as a truly versatile gundog which can excel in the myriad of hunting conditions which exist in North America. The DPCNA was founded in August of 2008 as a 501c Non-profit organization. In the years since, the group has grown, though still extremely small in comparison to other breed clubs. Members are considered family, as we all share a passion for the Drent.
Why Join or Get a Puppy from a DPCNA Approved Breeder
The DPCNA works with owners and breeders to ensure that we produce healthy, sound, and correct Drents. Many of our Board Members have either lived in the Netherlands, or spent time traveling there to attend dog shows and meet with Dutch breed enthusiasts. We try to be extremely inclusive and want members to feel like family. An effort is made to have a physical gathering yearly or every other year, so that members can gather together and see other Drents.
Getting a puppy from a DPCNA Approved Breeder ensures that you are getting a pup from fully health tested parents, who are correct in structure and temperament. The DPCNA also advises on all pairings to create an ideal COI (coefficient of inbreeding). This is to make sure we maintain diversity within the gene pool. The Drent has a rather small gene pool, so this is imperative. The DPCNA also tries to send a board member to evaluate each litter born. This helps novice breeders to understand how to place puppies and evaluate structure and temperament.
Club Goals and Philosophy
The DPCNA has established rigorous standards for certifying the club’s approved breeding stock. We believe our screening process will preserve the rigorous testing and many uses the Drent has experienced over its more than 300 years of existence to retain the Drent as the multi-talented dog he is today in his homeland, the Netherlands. The DPCNA strives to carry on the Drents’ Dutch heritage as we plan for tomorrow's Drents, while preserving the Dutch type, and character of the Drent.
Finally, the in order to preserve the Dutch type and character of the Drent the DPCNA has placed a large emphasis on the health and temperament of every breeding dog. For those that may not know the Drent as a hunter, you may have learned about the Drentsche Patrijshond because he is noted in historical books as well as modern publications as having an extraordinarily family oriented temperament.