Last Updated on September 25, 2022 by Jim Ferri
You think you have problems feeding your dog? Go see the Château de Cheverny hounds…
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Visit the 17th-century Château de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley. It’s one of the finest châteaux in France, well-preserved with beautiful furniture and attractive interior decorations. For many it’s the most perfect chateau in all of France, the very best of French classical architecture.
But many instead know Château de Cheverny for its hounds – a cross between an English Foxhound and French Poitevin (French pointer). There are more than 100 of them at the château and they are still used for hunting.
You can visit the hounds all day long but it’s their daily feeding, the Soupe des Chiens, that is quite a spectacle for both the French and travelers from around the world.
The schedule for their feedings are: April 1st – September 14th the dogs are fed daily at 11.30am. September 15th – March 31st they are fed at 11.30am but only on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Make It a Special “Château de Cheverny” Holiday
If you want to do something special on a holiday, make your stop at the Château de Cheverny part of a longer trip, perhaps seeing several châteaux on a multi-day tour of the Loire Valley. We made our visit part of a driving tour of Normandy and the Loire Valley from Paris. It was a wonderful experience. And, moreover, we didn’t even need to leave Charles de Gaulle Airport to pick up our rental car.
In addition, the road to Normandy is right outside the airport. That means there’s no need to fight the legendary Paris traffic most drivers encounter.