Original Name : Poitevin
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 24½-28½ inches
Female size : 23½-27½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
In their native France, Poitevins are rated highly enough to be used in most big hunting packs. Poitevins are natural athletes with powerful muscles, showing great prowess in approaching wild boar, deer and roebuck. These excellent hunters will always work very hard and give a lot of tongue.
Elongated but not excessively, not too broad, prominent bones with slight occipital protuberance.
Very muscular back, very well coupled, muscular loins, very deep chest, deeper than it is broad.
Tricolor, with black mantle or large black patches, sometimes white and orange. Wolf-colored is common.
Medium broad, fine, set a little low, semi-long, turned slightly inwards.
Medium length, fine, not bushy, set firmly, carried elegantly in a slight curve.
Short and glossy
Equally happy on terra firma or in the water, Poitevins are regarded by many as the most handsome pack hounds. As so eloquently stated 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.”Poitevins are among the breeds with the longest record of service in hunting packs. Controlled breeding started in the 19th century, from pack hounds themselves descended from the illustrious King’s Whites.