Other names : Poitevin Hound, Chien de Haut-Poitou, Haut-Poitou

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Life expectancy

The Poitevin has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 24 and 28 in
Male Between 24 and 28 in

Adult weight

Female Between 66 and 73 lb
Male Between 66 and 77 lb
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More details about the Poitevin

Poitevin: Origins and history

Bred from a combination of two popular French scent hound in Poitou, France, in 1692, the Poitevin Hound was a popular hunting dog throughout the 17th century, but hasn’t had the easiest of times since! Just managing to survive an outbreak of rabies during the 19th century, it is now an extremely rare breed, with some even considering it an endangered species.

FCI classification of the Poitevin

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Poitevin

With an independent nature and strong prey drive, it should come as no surprise that the Poitevin Hound isn’t the easiest of dogs to train. Ideally, this breed should be matched with a highly-experienced handler who understands how to (fairly) set boundaries.

Poitevin: Purchase price

The Poitevin Hound is a rare breed and is therefore extremely difficult to find within the UK. We do not have enough data to set an average price.

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £100 to £130 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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