Illustration of Otterhound

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.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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