- Origin: Great Britain
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: 30 – 50 kg
- Height: 60 – 65 cm
- Colors: black, liver, gray, black-brown, brown
- Training: Training a little harder
- Care: requires periodic brushing
- Temperament: social, intelligent, cheerful, friendly, balanced
- Health: robust and durable
- Puppies: 4 to 14
- Average age: 10 to 13 years
He’s an old Bloodhound-related breed. It was raised to hunt otters. Today, when this hunt is forbidden, it is used less for hunting other animals and more like pets. The Otterhound is native to Britain for centuries.
Although controversial, many believe that the breed would have appeared after crossing the bloodhound with griffons, harriers and terriers. As the name suggests, the breed was developed to hunt otters because at that time the otter population in England was excessive and competed with the trout fishermen.
The first time the Otterhound was mentioned in the literature was at the beginning of the fourteenth century during the reign of King Edward II. Several kings were enthusiastic about the Otterhound. Around the 1900s, the otter population had diminished, and so did the Otterhound.
In the mid-1970s, the breed was on the verge of extinction, and only with the efforts of dedicated breeders, the breed returned little by little. The Otterhound is considered a rare breed, with specimens found predominantly in England and the United States.
In 1910, the Otterhound was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the group of hunting dogs.
Otterhound is a dog prone to obesity so its diet should be carefully monitored. The feed of an Otterhound, like other dogs, is reflected in his health and longevity.
Critics say the commercial food in the stores is full of chemicals, water and other stuff. A healthy diet not only gives the dog a longer life but also relieves it of stomach diseases.
Some Otterhound masters feed their dog both with food cooked in the home and with food bought and this is not a bad thing if the total meal contains the necessary nutritious food the dog needs.
If you do not know what amounts to give it from each food or how much food it is best to consult with a veterinarian. Together with you it will set a portion of food depending on the dog’s activity, age and size.
Otterhound are not allowed to eat sweets, and it is good to teach children not to give chocolate and products similar to dogs because it makes them bad.
A dog will lustfully bake bones from a barbecue, but if he is accustomed to the beans and the bones are from chicken, it is not advised to give it even if he insists. Unlike cats, the dogs break the food as much as they swallow, and the chicken bones break into long chips. Once in the stomach they slam the walls causing pain and unpleasantness to the dog.
It is a large, powerful, muscular dog with a body longer than tall. The head is large, narrow with the nose equal in length to the skull, the nose is large nose and black.
The eyes are small, deep in orbit and dark. The ears are large, long and with long hair on them. The tail is long and quite bushy.
He has strong legs, large interdigital membranes. The coat is double, with a short, soft, oily coat, and a coarse, long hair (about 15 cm) on the face, forming mustache and beard.
The hair is slightly curled forming a waterproof cloak, characteristic of this dog. Colors can be varied, characteristic of hunting dogs (gray, blue, yellow-straw, brown, black, brown) and combinations of these colors.
Adult otterhound can reach a body weight of about 30-52 kg and a height at the withers of about 60-65 cm.
It is a dog with a highly developed smell, intelligent, cheerful, friendly, balanced.
He understands well with everyone: master, strangers, children. Accept other dogs or other animals.
It is a dog that it’s training is bit harder, but with a balanced, firm, consistent training but without being tough or severe with them can achieve satisfactory results.
The training and education of a Otterhound for children requires patience, firmness and consistency. Some Ottershound can be disobedient and stubborn.
It is a weatherproof dog that likes to live outdoors in a place where it can move freely, but it can also accommodate in an apartment if it is provided with the daily movement it needs.
He needs socialization, training. This dog’s fur must be brushed or combed occasionally not to ruin its natural appearance. He is a good hunting dog, a traveler and a pleasant companion.
The Otterhound is a robust and resistant breed with few medical sensitivities. Of these, with an increased frequency, the following were reported:
– Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the coxfemoral joint resulting in pain, labia and arthritis.
– Epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that occurs predominantly around the age of 2-5 years.
– Gastric torsion (dilation) is a sudden condition that endangers the life of the animal associated with filling the stomach with air and twisting it.
– Glanzmann thrombastenic maladia is an inherited plaque disorder that can be fatal.
The Otterhound is also prone to obesity, haemophilia and elbow dysplasia. The average life expectancy of the Otterhound is 10-12 years.