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Poitevin

Poitevins move very freely, galloping efficiently and bounding lightly to move smoothly through the undergrowth.

About the Poitevin

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. Equally happy on land or in the water, Poitevins are regarded by many as the most handsome pack hounds.

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.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
France
Group
FCI Group 6
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Independent / Lively

Key facts

  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Needs a lot of space
  • Needs a lot of training

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