|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
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.
Skull: The skull is rather flat, and slopes gently towards the foreface.
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.
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.
HAIR: Short and glossy.
COLOUR: Tricolor with a black saddle; tricolor with large black patches; white and orange; wolf colored.
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.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Black and white. Dewlap.
Color: Black and white.