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.

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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