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Otterhound

Otterhound
origin:Great Britain
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:13 years
classification:Hound
height:58 to 69 cm
weight:30 to 55 kg
exercise: Demandingclimate: Coldgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Medium
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The Otterhound is a unique breed, the only one specialized in otter hunting, yet, it is endangered and it´s classified as a protected species. With a keen sense of smell and a great ability to swim, the Otterhound is capable of smelling his prey long hours after it´s passage and has no problem in swimming and diving to find the otter´s den. This shaggy dog has also helped in hunting raccoons and bears.

His unusual role as otter hunter is due to the plague of otters back in the 13th century. Fishermen started to notice that as the population of fish decreased, the otters were getting numerous. The Otterhound plays his part in hunts by entering the freezing water of the rivers and following the otter to it´s den. After locating the quarry it was up to the Terries to finish the job.

The origins of this hairy breed are unknown and it was only in the 13th century that we first discover records of it´s existence, saying that King John ha