The Poitevin Dog is a breed of scent hounds that developed in France. They are hunter dogs proficient in hunting large animals including wolves and deer. The Poitevin is a strongly-built canine having a long and slim head and neck. Their ears are floppy, the eyes are large and round, while the muzzle is long, with a pointed tip. They have a broad chest, strong wolf-like feet, and a long tail. Today they are tough to find and are almost exclusively kept by hunters.
|Other Names||Haut-Poitou, Chien du Haut-Poitou|
|Coat||Short, glossy, straight, rough|
|Colors||Black, orange, white; tricolor is standard|
|Type||Hunting Dog, Watchdog, Hound|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Weight||65-75 pounds (full grown male/female)|
|Personality Traits||Brave, loyal, playful, willful, obstinate, unaffectionate|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||No (but good with other dogs)|
|Good for New/First-time Owners||No|
|Barking||Loud (including growling)|
|Climatic Compatibility||Not suitable for cold climates|
|Country of Origin||France|
|Time of Origin||1692|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||UKC, FCI (group 6)
In 1692, the Poitevin Dog was developed in the Poitou region of Western France by one Marquis Francois de Larrye. De Larrye created this dog from the Montemboeuf and the now extinct Chien Ceris breeds. Since then, these dogs were used to hunt wolves, boars, deer, and foxes.
This breed was much established until Larrye died in the guillotine during the Reign of Terror, and these dogs got dispersed. Larrye’s family, however, could somehow manage to rebuild the breed and maintain the line. Their population once again began to decline during the 18th century French Revolution, when rabies turned out to be an epidemic in 1842, and also after the devastations of the World War II.
In 1844, the blood of the English Foxhound was added to the gene pool of the Poitevin in order to revive the breed. Until 1957, the breed was known as Chien de Haut-Poitou, and on January 1, 1996, it was recognized by the FCI as the Poitevin. At present, these dogs are extremely rare and are almost exclusively bred and used by the hunters.
Poitevins are loyal to their owners and family members, though they are not affectionate in general. Because of their pack hound instinct, they can stay comfortably in kennels even with other dogs and are not suitable for apartment living.
This breed is not appropriate for very young kids, strangers or other animals. They have a natural guard dog instinct. With their high prey drive, they would often run after any small animal they would see around. Poitevins are not the type to stay alone for long hours, and if left alone, might bark incessantly only to trouble the neighbors.
You might want to consult a professional trainer unless you are a very experienced and consistent dog owner.
This big dog needs 3-4 cups of good-quality dry kibbles daily. Divide this quantity into two main meals.