If you had to describe Poitevin in one word, it would be “aloof”. It is not a breed that seeks human company. Although loyal to its immediate owner, it has little interest in people and prefers other dogs’ company.

Breed Information

Another NamePoitevin Hound,
Chien du Haut-Poitou
HeightMales 62-72 cm
Females 60-70 cm
WeightMales 20-32 kg
Females 20-30 kg
FurShort, smooth, with a dense undercoat
ColorBrown with black and white
Lifespan10-12 years
FCI ClassificationScent hounds and related breeds
GroupDogs for hunting, dogs for kids
PriceFrom $800

Breed Photos

Origin History

In the 1690s, the Marquis de Lairr decided that there was no single breed of dog that had all the perfect dog qualities. Apparently, over time the Marquis got into mixing breeds to breed the exceptional breed he wanted.

The Marquis’s wish list included a dog with an excellent sense of smell, inexhaustible energy, and physical strength to fight wolves and bring down deer. Poitevin was created by breeding French as well as Irish hounds.

The resulting breed became popular in the local environs of France but never became more widely known. It seemed that the breed might not survive even after a series of catastrophic events that hit their numbers hard. Nevertheless, Poitevin survived the French Revolution, a serious outbreak of rabies, and then World War II, and insufficient numbers that enthusiasts could revive the breed.

To prevent health problems, the English Foxhound line was introduced into the breed to strengthen its line. As the number of Poitevin gradually increased, breeders began to select dogs with a more typical appearance to bring the breed back to its origins.


Poitevin is a “kaleidoscope” of looks from several dogs. He bears a resemblance to other breeds. Whether you think of him as similar to an English Foxhound or a stocky greyhound, some traits remain original, such as his long nose and prominent legs, muscular body, and whip-like tail. His deep chest is designed for running, and his long hind legs are the driving force that provides his impressive stamina.

The Poitevin has an excellent short coat, and its coloring consists of three colors: white, brown, and black. The dog’s body is brown, the limbs are white (including the tip of the tail), and the saddle area is black. Males are 62 to 72 cm tall, while females are 60 to 70 cm tall. The average weight is 20 to 30 kg.


If you had to describe Poitevin in one word, it would be “aloof. It is not a breed that seeks human company. Although loyal to its immediate owner, it has little interest in people and prefers other dogs’ company.

However, he also has a strong hunting instinct, so any canine companions must be his size or larger, or they risk being mistaken for prey. Their ability to hunt and take down boars, wolves, or deer means that they tend to make their own decisions. Their strong-willed nature borders on stubbornness and makes this breed a real challenge. Poitevin does not like to be left alone. He never expresses his displeasure by howling or barking.


The only thing that is easy with Poitevin is taking care of his coat. He has a short coat, so it doesn’t tangle. Brushing twice a week with a bristle brush or grooming glove will help keep the coat in excellent condition. Bathe this breed with caution; as you may wash away, it’s a waterproof protective coating.

As with any active dog, check him at the end of each day for debris lodged in his ears or paws. Be especially vigilant for ticks or other parasites that attach to him as he roams the countryside and immediately removes the parasites to prevent infection.


Training an animal with a strong hunting instinct will always be a challenge. A Poitevin needs an experienced handler who trains, rewards, and sets clear boundaries.

It is also wise to give Poitevin plenty of mental exercise and regular obedience training, so he has time to develop his intelligence. Given Poitevin’s potential strength and energy, it is important to start the socialization process as early as possible, so he is not anxious or afraid to face new people and situations.

Common Diseases

Poitevin is a healthy and hardy dog, so any health problems are more likely to be due to outside situations. For example, your pet can get parasites, ticks, or fleas, leading to infectious diseases. Your dog should also be checked for worms.


This large dog needs 3-4 cups of quality dry food a day. Divide this amount into two main meals.

Poitevin nutrition should be balanced and rich in vitamins. Keep in mind that the number of meals may increase depending on your dog’s activity level.