History of the Poitevin
Developed in the Poitiers region of western France, the Poitevin's ancestors are the extinct Larye, Montemboeu and Ceris. This breed was well established until their owner, Marquis Larye, was sent to the guillotine in 1793 and his dogs dispersed. His family slowly rebuilt the breed, but it was nearly destroyed a second time by rabies in the 19th century. With such few remaining dogs and the threat of inbreeding looming English Foxhound were added to the gene pool to revive it in 1844 and again after WWII.