Breed of the Week: The Pachón Navarro

The Pachón Navarro, a Spanish pointing dog
Double-barrel nose on a Pachón Navarro

I’m interested in side by sides — that’s pretty obvious. So when I came across the Pachón Navarros, a  Spanish pointing dog with a double barrel nose, I was intrigued.

According to Craig Koshyk’s Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continentals, the Pachón Navarros trace back to the very first sporting breeds to appear around the Pyrenees Mountains, way back in the 13th century. The dogs almost disappeared in the early 20th century, but today a growing group of hunters and enthusiasts are rebuilding the breed.

You can go hear to read more about Pachón Navarros. And for the full story, along with tons of great info on a lot more hunting dogs, pick up a copy of Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continentals today.

The Pachón Navarro
A Pachón Navarro in the field

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3 thoughts on “Breed of the Week: The Pachón Navarro

  1. If old Russian hunting books are to be trusted, this breed had a very keen sense of smell, but was far from being a top breed in every other respect. On the one hand, they weren’t much use in heavy cover – or in any cover – because if they hurt their tender noses, they would stop hunting. On the other hand, they were too heavy and slow to be good open-ground dogs. The “Spanish Double-nosed” lost the competition against the French breeds of bird dogs by the end of Napoleonic wars, and the arrival of the Brittish pointers and setters wiped them out completly.

  2. P.S. I’ve met only written descriptions of the breed, and have often wondered what they acrually look like. Thanks for lifting the veil 8-)))

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