Breed History / Description

With the banning of otter hunting in 1978, the dispersal and destruction of some packs of the breed threatened the future of the Otterhound. However, a small nucleus of breed enthusiasts have kept the breed going often with the use of pack hounds. It is thought that there are French hounds mixed with English hounds in the ancestry and certainly there is a look of French hound nobility in his head and expression. His weather resistant double coat which is oily (and often odorous) and his webbed feet, well developed nostrils and scenting powers make him fit for his original function.

Characteristics

Big, strong hound primarily built for long day’s work in water but able to gallop on land.

Temperament

Amiable and even-tempered. Signs of aggression or nervousness should be heavily penalised.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press


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