United Kennel Club





Poitevin




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

CLASSIFICATION

: Scenthound

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: The Poitevin is a large scenthound that originated in France. The Poitevin was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: A very distinguished hound that presents the appearance of perfection in strength, elegance and lightness, and comes in a range of fascinating colors.

HEAD

: The head is long and not very wide. The bones are prominent.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

: The skull is rather flat, and slopes gently towards the foreface.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

: The black nose is strong, wide and prominent.

Muzzle

: The muzzle is long and slightly convex. The upper lip covers the lower, but tapers towards the nose.

Jaws/Teeth

: The Poitevin has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite. A hound with a slightly overshot mouth is acceptable but not preferred.

Eyes

: The eyes are large and round, surrounded by black, with a lovely expression.

Ears

: The ears are set on a little low. They are medium in width and length and turn slightly inward.

NECK

: Long and slim, with no dewlap.

BODY

: The brisket is deep rather than wide. The ribs are long. The back is well muscled and firm. The loin is muscular and the flank is slightly tucked up.

TAIL

: The tail is medium length, and elegantly carried in a curve. It is smooth, never with a brush.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

: The shoulders are long, flat and sloping, close to the chest.

FORELEGS

: The legs are straight, muscular, lean and broad, with flat bone.

FEET

: The feet are wolf like, long and resistant.

HINDQUARTERS

: The hips are somewhat sloping.

HIND LEGS

: The thighs are very muscular. The hock is low to the ground and slightly bent.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Free.

COAT

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HAIR

: Short and glossy.

COLOUR

: Tricolor with a black saddle; tricolor with large black patches; white and orange; wolf colored.

SIZE

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Height at withers

: Height at the withers for males is 24.5 to 28 inches. For females, it is 23.5 to 27.5 inches.

FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Black and white. Dewlap.
Neck: Dewlap.
Color: Black and white.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.