Drenthe was unusual in that it allowed commoners the right to hunt. The locals needed a dog to hunt small game, and for over 300 years, the Drent was that dog. These dogs were expected to hunt all manner of game, but also act as family companions, watch dogs, and even pull the dog-carts. Today, the Drent is a popular hunting dog in the Netherlands with approximately 5,000 dogs registered with the breed club.
Thumbnail photo by Laura Pier, an NPDD page friend and owner of the dog. Insert photoa Drent during an upland game hunt in Idaho by DutchID via Wikicommons