Pachón Navarro

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Pachón Navarro
Other namesNavarra pointer, perdiguero Navarro, pachón de Victoria, nafarroako eper txakur
OriginNavarre (Spain)
Breed statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The pachón Navarro is a type of Spanish hunting dog which has the unusual feature of a split or double nose. It was formerly believed that this unusual nose gives it extra sensitivity to smells, a primary reason it was chosen as a hunting dog. Today, it is known that this feature is only a cosmetic difference.[1] The variety is also known by other names: Navarra pointer, Spanish: pachón de Victoria and perdiguero Navarro; Basque: nafarroako eper txakur.


The modern pachón Navarro is a braque-type hunting dog which points to game. It has short hair that may be brown and white, or orange and white, commonly ticked like the coat of most German Shorthaired Pointers. The head and large patches on the coat are generally solid-colored.

With a broad head, the dog is a substantially large animal, weighing between 27 and 33 kg (60 and 73 lb) and having a height between 48 and 57 cm (19 and 22 in). Its ears are long.


Pachón Navarro (c. 1890)

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale and other major international kennel clubs do not recognize the pachón Navarro as a standardized breed. The Spanish Kennel Club has accepted the Pachón Navarro as a breed.

The variety is thought to have descended from the Talbot hound and other hounds, originating in the 12th century. It is likely related to the Old Spanish Pointer, which it resembles in appearance.

The pachón Navarro is believed to have reached its apex of popularity among Spanish nobility of the 18th and 19th centuries, becoming nearly extinct after the Spanish Civil War. A few enthusiasts scoured the country and have re-established breeding stock.

Feral dogs referred to as double-nosed Andean tiger hounds, found in South America, are presumed to be descended from Pachón Navarro dogs brought by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century.


This old, regional variety of dog is in danger of extinction; in March 2007, there were counted between 70 and 80 pure-bred exemplars. Today, its growth is promoted through an association created to preserve it and establish it as a standardized breed, without altering its defining features.[2][non-primary source needed]


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  2. ^ "Cronología: Resumen verdadero de acontecimientos". Retrieved 11 December 2017.

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