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Poitevin

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General Breed Information

The Poitevin was created in 1692 as the Haut-Poitou Hound. It was renamed as Poitevin in 1957. Marquis F. de Larye is credited with having developed this breed. The most notable ancestors of the Poitevin include the Montamboeuf and the Chien Céris, both of which are descents of the Chien Blanc du Roy and of English greyhounds and Irish scenthounds. The Saintongeois and the Foxhound were also used as foundation of the Poitevin. During the 19th century, Poitevins were used as wolf hunters. Today, these dogs are prized for their ability to hunt deer and hare.

Poitevins have a height of 23 to 28 inches and a weight that is approximately 77 pounds. These dogs have a long body with a very deep chest and a long and thin neck without dewlap. Their head is bony, slender, and long, but not very broad. They have a fairly flat skull that slopes slightly downward into their moderately long, curved nose bridge. The muzzle of these dogs is slightly tapering, and they have a large, prominent, broad nose. Their ears are slender, loosely folded, and are set on fairly low, and they have large brown eyes that are edged with black. These dogs have a glossy, short coat that is tricolour, with large spots that are sometimes orange and white, and a black mantle. They may also be wolf grey in colour.

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