Poitevin hound
Francia FCI 24 . Large-sized Hounds

Poitevin hound

In the past, the Poitevin hound was also used as a wolf hunter.


History Poitevin hound

La hipótesis más extendida sobre el origen de esta raza de perro es que fue el vizconde Émile de La Besge quien comenzó a criar el Poitevin hound in the first half of the 19th century. Their dogs, que había recibido como regalo de un tío, were the result of a union between Chiens Blancs du Roi and Larryes. El vizconde no crió ningún otro perro hasta que la rabia lo mató en 1842. He lost all his animals except two bitches.

To restore its population, Émile de La Besge hizo que le trajeran seis perros de Inglaterra (probably English Foxhound). However, then tried to roll back his influence by strict inbreeding. Así nacieron los dos machos, Talbot and Rochester, and the two females, Tartane and Turbulente. Talbot and Turbulent They had a daughter, Dashing, who became famous for her particularly fine nose and speed. Mated with Traveller, an English male bred by him Conde Le Couteulx and gave birth to puppies of exceptional quality. It is assumed that Poitevin de hoy en día son todos descendientes de Fringante and Traveller. However, a certain earl Henri de La Porte afirmó que sus tíos Auguste and Paul ya habían empezado a fijar la raza en 1835, y que al principio había bastantes otros, namely, the male Ténor and the female Ravissante.

The Poitevin hound was not accepted as a purebred dog for a long time. In the famous French hunting manualParforce, published in 1890 by the count Le Couteulx de Canteleu, they only mentioned “bastards of Haut-Poitou“, although the ability of dogs to hunt wolves was certainly appreciated. Besides the royal white dogs and the English Foxhound, it is said that the disappeared Larryes and Céris contributed to the creation of the breed. It was a Scent hound medium size white and orange. Se dice que se parecía a los galgos y era un muy buen cazador de liebres. Perhaps it is from him that the special elegance of the Poitevin hound. Some cynologists also believe that it comes from Larrye, de quien se dice que tuvo galgos en su línea ancestral.


1 – A Poitevin by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Características físicas Sabueso Poitevino

El pelaje de estos perros de pedigrí es corto y brillante. Dogs are usually tricolor and have black fur or large black spots. Some specimens can also be two-tone orange and white or wolf-colored.. In general, el físico es poderoso y elegante. The expressive dark eyes give the Poitevin a serious look.

Height to the cross: For males between 62 and 72 cm., for females 60 a 70 cm..

Weight: Approx.. 30 kg.

Character and skills Poitevin hound

The character of Poitevin hound is characterized by its resistance and toughness. Este perro de pedigrí no se disuade ni siquiera por el terreno accidentado. The race Poitevin is brave. He's kind to humans.

Dogs of this breed were bred for hunting and, usually, they are not satisfied with a life as a couch dog. Ideally, estos perros deberían ser cazadores. If you want to have a dog of this type, but do not use him to hunt, you must offer these animals a suitable occupation and sufficient exercise.


In the past, the Poitevin hound he specialized mainly in hunting wolves. Estaba incansablemente en el camino de su difícil presa. Pero hoy en día este hermoso perro de caza, that is strong, elegant and light at the same time, can be used for hunting all animals. El bosque de La Moulière, where did he born Poitevin hound ago 150 years under the aegis of the Viscount of La Besge, it was not easy terrain. Los perros tenían que ser capaces de vagar a través de la densa y espinosa maleza sin dudarlo y no se les permitía ser molestados por ramas colgantes, gorse and the like. Y hasta el día de hoy la raza ha conservado su especial resistencia y tenacidad, allowing you to complete a task in any circumstance.

Poitevin hound
Poitevin hound

It also, the Poitevin hound I needed a proper portion of courage, porque tenía que poner el lobo, as well, and it was much bigger than his own Poitevin. The Poitevin they even had to chase especially robust wolves, sometimes almost 100 km. During the night they and the dogs rested, but the next morning the Poitevin tenían que poder seguir el rastro de nuevo. For this they needed an extremely pronounced sense of smell.

Has been used to living in a kennel for a long time, so this is still the ideal way to keep the Poitevin hound. However, the kennel should be so large that the dogs that live in it have enough space to vent. One should strictly pay attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of his place.

Also outside the hunting season the Poitevin hound needs plenty of space and enough opportunities to run and play, un parque sería ideal. If dogs live in a kennel, visit them as often as possible, because the relationship with humans should not be neglected.

Poitevin hound health and care

The Poitevin is considered a dog with robust health. Little maintenance required. The short coat can be brushed from time to time. The ears should be checked regularly for parasites and cleaned. Dog owners who want to cover themselves as best as possible are advised to have medical insurance for dogs and liability insurance for dogs.

Poitevin hound Nutrition

This dog eats for two, especially during hunting season. But he is not very picky and is satisfied with simple food. Daily 200 g of vegetables with 200 g of dog or rice flakes and 400 g of meat. Los despojos como el hígado, the kidneys and heart are particularly suitable. Especially for puppies and young dogs. Eggs also contain many valuable nutrients. They can be fed both cooked and raw. In certain circumstances, even with the shell. During hunting season, which is very hard for dogs, you must feed them fatty bacon. Of course, the dog must always have fresh water available. Aquí se recomienda un sistema de riego automático.

Where to buy a Poitevin hound

If you are interested in this breed of Scent hound and are looking for the right Poitevin hound breeder, es posible que deba planificar un poco más de tiempo para la búsqueda. Estos perros de caza franceses no son demasiado comunes en fuera de su país de origen. For this reason, las partes interesadas deberían buscar un criador en Francia.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
  • Section 1.1: Large-sized Hounds. With working trial.


  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.1: Large-sized Hounds.
  • Central Canine Society

FCI breed standard "Poitevin hound"

FCIFCI - Poitevin hound

Alternative names:

    1. Haut-Poitou (English).
    2. Chien du Haut-Poitou (French).
    3. Haut-Poitou (German).
    4. Pictava (Portuguese).
    5. Poitevino (español).
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