Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 24-27 in (60-67.5cm) Bitch: 23-26 in (57.5-65cm)
Weight: Dog: 75-115 lb (33.5-51.5kg) Bitch: 65-100 lb (29.5-45kg)
Coat: Long (1-3 in/4.5cm), dense, rough, and harsh, but not wiry
Color: All hound colors permissible

The big, strongly built British Otterhound is believed to trace back to the Griffon Vendeen and the now extinct rough-coated Griffon de Bresse. According to the Otterhound Club, these hounds were imported into Britain in significant numbers before 1870. Shortly afterward, the Comte le Couteuix de Canteleu sent his entire pack of Griffons to a Mr Richard Carnaby Forster, who gave them to his stepdaughter, Lady Mary Hamilton. In 1906, the Hamilton Otterhounds were sold individually to masters of Otterhounds. The Otterhound has keen scenting abilities almost on a par with the Bloodhound. The dogs, which are fine swimmers, would swim upriver, following the otter's "wash" (trail of bubbles). When otter hunting was outawed in the UK in the late 1970s, the Master of the Kendal and District Otterhounds in the Lake District set up the Otterhound Club to ensure the breed's survival. The Otterhound makes an amiable though stubborn pet that can be somewhat destructive within the household, if undisciplined. Like other thick-coated breeds, it can be kenneled outdoors if the owner wishes, though many Otterhounds do live indoors. It needs a considerable amount of exercise and its rough coat should be groomed once a week, and bathed as necessary.
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