Shaggy, boisterous and friendly, the Otterhound is uncommon but makes a devoted companion. This breed has been known in Britain since the early 13th century, where it was used to hunt otter, which robbed rivers of their fish. In 1978 the otter became a protected species in Britain, and because their usefulness seemed over, many of the hounds were destroyed. A club for the breed’s protection was organized, and the first British standard for the breed was drafted. On this continent Otterhounds have been used to hunt mink, raccoon, mountain lion and bear. This is an attractive, smart, rough-coated breed measuring from 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing from 65 to 115 pounds. The water-repellent double coat may be any acceptable hound color. Weekly brushing is recommended. The breed prefers life in the country and should have lots of daily outdoor exercise and occasional access to water so it can show off its swimming skills. Its gentle, appealing nature makes the Otterhound a good house pet. These dogs love children and are good watchdogs.
Hound Dog Breeds
Dog breeds in the Hound Group are used for recreational hunting, performance competition, therapy work, police and customs-inspection work, and, of course, as pets. Hounds are the world’s oldest specialized hunting dogs, documented for thousands of years. Their gracefulness, beauty and superlative hunting skills inspired ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Greek literature. Hounds are not good at everything, but they are extremely talented at the things they are bred to do. In medieval times, owning a Greyhound often meant the difference between survival and starvation. Today hounds are used for recreational…
Water-repellent double coat. Dense, rough, coarse coat.