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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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History [ edit ]

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 had a pack of Otterhounds. Even so, it is believed that this breed is earlier than that period. Some of his forefathers may be Bloodhound, or alternatively a large variety of terriers and rough-coated griffons.

The otter hunting was never a popular event with the magnitude of the fox hunts, but it´s prime days were around the turn of the 20th century. However the First World War and the pollution of the rivers that put otter at risks, have declared the end of the sport. And even being favored by part of the British royalty, the Otterhound was slowly being less required. After the Second Worl Was, the Otterhound was a scarce breed and in 1978, it became a protected species. It´s estimated world population is less than a thousand exemplars. Breeders started to make a concerted effort to revive the Otterhound and keep in him it´s hunting instincts. But the hunting career of this dog has never recuperated and he is known to be more a companion dog, a terrific one we might ad. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

When you think of a scent hound, it usually pops up in your imagination a smooth coated dog with a shinny hair. However, the Otterhound is a dog that needs protection from the cold water and the harsh wind that follows a swim. So there´s nothing smooth in this dog’s hair, his wooly, dense and rough outercoat of almost broken appearance is his shield from the weather. It can also be of any color.

The Otterhound is a large dog with 58 to 69 cm, who, despite the fluffy look, weights 30 to 55kg.

A very marked characteristic about the Otterhound are his webbed feet that allow him to swing better. His bushy eyebrows complete the outfit.

The Otterhound has a strong and dignified presence and his voice is deep and loud. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

Energetic, amiable, even-tempered, strong and playful, the Otterhound is a great family pet.

They are great with children but sometimes they don´t realize their size and may be clumsy. They are gentle and very affectionate, but the scents that they pick up with their nose may be irresistible to them. The accurate sense of smell makes them more independent and sometimes stubborn in tracking a lead.

The Otterhound loves people and loves to be around them, and despite his size, he isn´t fit to be a guard dog, since he will welcome strangers. They are good with other animals if properly socialized.

Intelligent and laid-back, they actually have the tendency to snore and they like to bay with their powerful voice, though not excessively.  
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Health [ edit ]

The Otterhound is a fairly healthy breed and some dogs have reportedly lived up to 15 years. Some are prone to hip dysplasia, eye problems, thrombocytopenia, bloat, sebaceous cysts and hemophilia.

This breed’s coat picks up debris on the streets, leaving them after in the house’s floor. The hair needs to be frequently combed and brushed, once a week is enough. The Otterhound is an average shedder. 
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

Richard III, Charles II, Edward II and IV, Henry II, VI, VII and VIII and Elizabeth I were called "Master of Otterhounds” for their use of this breed.
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30.06
Dogfan22 said:
hi i like this dog
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