The Poitevin, also known as the Chien de Haut-Poitou, is a powerful dog with a strong hunting passion. The breed originates from the Poitou region of France, where it was bred to hunt large game such as deer and wild boar.
The Poitevin descends from several French dog breeds, including the Chien blanc du Roi and the Chien de Saintonge. In the 17th century, these breeds were crossed to create the Poitevin, a dog that had strength, speed and stamina to hunt in the rugged terrains of Poitou. The breed has since been used primarily for hunting, but has also had other duties such as guarding the home and family.
The Poitevin is a real hunting dog, with an excellent nose and a strong will to hunt. The breed is very energetic and needs a lot of exercise to feel happy. It is also an affectionate dog that gets along well with children and other pets, but because of its passion for hunting, it can sometimes go after small animals. The Poitevin is also a loyal companion who enjoys being with his owner and responds well to positive training.
In general, the Poitevin is a healthy breed without many known hereditary conditions. It is important to have the dog regularly checked by a vet and to ensure that it receives the right food and sufficient exercise. As with all breeds, it is also important to have the Poitevin vaccinated and dewormed to prevent diseases.
The Poitevin has a short, dense coat that requires little maintenance. It is sufficient to brush the dog occasionally to remove loose hair and keep the coat shiny. The ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infections. Also don't forget to brush the dog's teeth to prevent dental plaque.