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Origin of this French beagle is associated with a noble name - in 1692 the Marquis De Larye developed the breed as a cross between several magnificent hunting dogs.
The most famous ancestors of the breed are Chien Serie and Montenboeuf arising from famous Chien Blanc de Roa and Irish and English Greyhound.
Known as great hunters of wolves in the 19th century, these dogs were very highly valued for their skills in hunting rabbits and deers. In 1957 its name was changed to Poatevin and after French Hound Club made an appropriate amendments to the standard, their popularity grew.
The Poitevin's head is long and thin, with strong bones. Skull is relatively flat, slightly sloping downward like a horses. Nasal tube is rather long. Muzzle is tapered slightly. Only nose is broad, large and protruding. Eyes are large, brown, and outlined in black. Ears are set relatively low and are thin, wide rather medium-sized, slightly curved. Chest is emphasized very deep look ahead looks almost square - as high as is wide. Ribs are elongated, slightly raised up. Limbs are also muscular and firmly seated, creating impression of a great power. Paws are slightly long. Tail is medium-sized, thin and not hairy - dog wears it gracefully. Coat is short with shiny hair and its color can be black, gray or white, sometimes with orange spots. Male representatives are between 62 and 72 cm high. Females between 60 to 70 cm. Weight is about 35 kilograms.
Character and behavior
Very energetic, full of life and vigor dog, tough and fast, that may cover large distances within the whole day. It bravely embarks in pursuit of prey through dense and thorny bushes.
Training and education
The Poitevin has a good sense of smell, powerful voice and great tracking skills. It is used mostly for deer hunting. As a typical pack dog, it is definitely not situated to live an urban life in an apartment. Its hunting instinct is strong and does not need special exercises.
This is a very healthy dog. There is no information for hereditary diseases or major problems. Of course, like most of working hounds, this one is also prone to joint issues and hip dysplasia.
Average life expectancy of the Poitevin is between 9 and 13 years, but there are cases of dogs who have lived more than 15 years.
Grooming and care
Since it is not an urban dweller and is not accustomed to the loneliness of the city, it should not be left alone. It feels best when hunting with its fellows. Coat is short, but should be brushed regularly. Particular attention should be paid to ears for avoiding infections.
Children and other pets
The Poitevin is a tough and rough dog, not suitable for a family pet. You shouldn't leave your kids alone with this hound, because it doesn't get along with children. It is a hunter and tracker with a very stubborn character. There are even cases of abandoned Poitevins, due to their unfriendly nature. This breed is a born tracker and a hunter. This breed should never be left alone with children because it does not mingle well at all.
This is also the main reason, for which puppies for sale are mainly sought after by passionate hunters in France and Belgium.
These dogs are equally good on firm ground and in water. According to many canine specialists, this hound is the most beautiful of all. It is even written in the standard: “A very distinguished hound, combining strength, elegance and lightness to a high degree of perfection, in a range of the most appealing colors”. These dogs hold the record of longest service in a hunting pack.