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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Large     Weight: 65-75 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Brown & White


Life Expectancy: 11-12 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Poitevin is a medium to large size dog, originating in Poitou province of France. This hunting breed was developed from now extinct Chien Ceris and Montemboeuf by Marquis Francois de Larrye in 1692. Originally developed to hunt wolves, which were in large number in the area, this breed is now prized for hunting on deer and hare.

Previously known as "Haut-Poitou Hound", this is a medium to large size dog with a light, well balanced and athletic breed without appearing too coarse or large. It stands between 24-28 inches and weighs about 65-75 lbs. This elegant dog has long, not too broad head, flat skull and strong, wide muzzle. Nose is strong, wide and prominent. Large eyes are round, having lovely expression. Medium length, fine ears are set low. Long and slim neck is free of dewlap. This dogs' athletic, light yet strong body comes with well muscled back, muscular loin, deep chest with long ribs and slightly tucked up belly. Medium length, fine and smooth tail is carried elegantly with a slight curve.

The short and glossy coat with a range of colours give this dog an striking appearance. Common coat colours are wolf color, bi-colour (white and orange) or tri colour (with black saddle or large black patches).

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI.


The breed can be found in a number of colors including wolf-colored, bi-color (white and orange), tri-colored with black patches, white and orange and tri colored with a black saddle.


The coat of the Poitevin should be short and dense. It should be naturally glossy and should cover the dog completely.


The Poitevin dog is through and through a typical hunting hound with lots of energy and great stamina. This dog is accustomed to living in packs and does well with other dogs but its high prey drive makes it a danger around other animals. Though loyal to its family, this breed is not very friendly by nature and is inherently wary of strangers. It is known to be unsuitable for families with small children as this dog may not show love and affection as well as gentle approach towards them. Though intelligent and dedicated to its job as a hunter of deer, this breed can be stubborn and will require firm training from an experienced trainer. This dog is not suitable for apartment dwellers not only for its high exercise demands but also due to its propensity for barking which can irritate the neighbors. This very hardy, speedy, spirited dog can pursue query all day long. With his keen nose, powerful voice and great packhound skills, it excels on deer. The Poitevin dog is not a suitable an ideal pet for families with small children.


The Poitevin dog has a short coat that is easy to maintain with weekly brushing. This dog should be bathed when necessary. Its ears should be regularly checked for infection.


This independent dog breed may need a professional or very experienced owner who can train this dog with firm and consistent training. As a family pet, it should be trained to be more responsive to orders by his master than being slave to its nose. As a hunting breed, it should be trained to follow one scent when on trail.


The Poitevin dog is an energetic breed with lots of stamina and energy. This dog needs atleast an hour of exercise daily if it is to be kept as family pet. Ideally, this dog is suited to rural or suburban setting where it has lots of open spaces to run and play.

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