The Otterhound
The OtterhoundFrom every viewpoint the Otterhound is a large dog with a truly rugged appearance. Built to gallop when on land, his main function has always been to spend his working day in water. It is generally felt that his ancestry includes a French influence combined with original English hound strains.
His rough double coat is extremely weather-resistant, but this means that he can bring a deal of the countryside into the home when he returns from the long rambles he enjoys.
He is a kindly fellow with a typical loud baying call, which he can use to good effect when he needs to indicate that he has found a prey that interests him, though today his primary purpose of hunting otters is banned.
A dog for the energetic, but not for the house-proud.
© The Kennel Club
Otterhound Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Visit the Kennel Club website for the Breed Standard of the Otterhound – Otterhound Breed Standard
Otterhound Clubs in the West Country
There are no Clubs specific to the West Country. The National Club is:
The Otterhound Club – www.otterhoundclub.co.uk