Poitevin Hound is a muscular hunting dog originating from France. They were created in the 17th century to hunt wolves. Today these dogs are pretty rare and mostly they can be found in their native land. Poitevin dogs have a high endurance that suits them excellent for long hunting. They are the happiest when they are in their pack hunting. These dogs are best suited for large spaces where they can spend their energy, so they will not do good in apartment living.
23-28 in (60-72 cm)
65-75 lb (29-34 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
Poitevin Hounds have a short and glossy coat that doesn’t require much care. Regular brushing will be enough for these dogs to look good.
Poitevin coat colors:
- Tricolor with black saddle
- Tricolor with large black patches – in some cases with white and orange
- Wolf colored
They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them regularly, and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
Poitevin is a highly energetic and active breed. They were bred to work all day, so these dogs need a lot of daily exercise. These dogs need an active lifestyle to be happy. They love to be outside and be part of the action, whether running and chasing balls, playing, jumping or jogging. If you are thinking about getting an Poitevin, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend it outside playing and training your Poitevin. If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed.
Getting an active hunting breed is not the best option if you have a family with small children. These dogs are not used to playing the role of a family pet. They were bred to work, and that is where they are most comfortable.
Working hunting breeds are not suited to live inside the house, and even though they can become good family pets through the great effort and skill of their owners, they might never become gentle and careful around kids. That part is just not in their genes, and we shouldn’t expect them to act like that. These dogs are made for outside activities, chasing and trailing prey, and serving with other dogs or hunters.
Poitevin and other animals
Poitevin Hounds are not the best choice if you have other dogs in the house. Although with the right socialization they can learn to get along they are best suited to be the only dog in the house. Since these are hunting dogs they could easily start to chase other animals in the house and they can distinguish prey from family pets. Because of that, they are best suited to be solo pet in the household.
Poitevin is a healthy dog breed with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. To be sure that you will end up with the best possible dog regarding health always buy him from responsible and official dog breeders. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs you can be sure that their puppies won’t have any inherited diseases. Always ask to see the results of tests from the puppy’s parents.
Poitevin Hounds are not so popular dogs around the world so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy if you decided that this is the best dog for you. While searching for breeders always find the good ones and if you do so you don’t have to worry that your dog will end up with inherited diseases. While talking to breeders always ask them to show you the health certificates of their dogs.
Since this is an active dog you will have to provide them with a lot of activities. If you are not a very active person we advise you to search for different less active dog breeds. That way you won’t end up with a dog who will be unhappy because his physical needs are not meet.
World Dog Finder team