AKC PuppyFinder: Otterhound Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: A big-personality dog: boisterous, affectionate, cheerful
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; These playful, athletic, all-weather hounds enjoy their exercise—swimming a specialty
- Good with Children: Better with Older Children
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 27 inches (male), 24 inches (female)
- Weight: 115 pounds (male), 80 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
If you have a chance to own an Otterhound, take it. One of the most endangered breeds in the world and more rare than the Giant Panda, he'll be your big, shaggy, boisterous best friend. They're fun-loving, cheerful dogs, up for anything with you, the kids and household pets. Otterhound puppies grow slowly and benefit from early socialization and training. As a scent hound, he'll excel at tracking and many are trained as search and rescue dogs. Clownish and affectionate, he loves being part of family life.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1909
Breed History & Job Description: In medieval England a huge otter population preyed on fish in rivers and stocked ponds. To protect this valuable food source, packs of Otterhounds were kept by country squires and even kings. As a sport, otter hunting was never as popular as the British gentry’s cherished foxhunts, but it did help fill the spring and summer months for sportsmen waiting for the fall hunting season. Otterhound packs were so good at their work that river otters nearly went extinct and hunting them was outlawed.
Otterhounds are a relatively healthy breed with an estimated lifespan of 10 to 14 years. Like other large breeds, they can be subject to hip dysplasia and occasionally bloat. Seizures are a concern but no genetic test is available. Otterhounds can also inherit a bleeding disorder (Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia) unless both parents have been cleared through a DNA test. Although some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, the majority of Otterhounds are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia DNA Test
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: Otterhound Rescue
- Breed Club Rescue Email: Rescue@otterhound.org
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: (847) 838-3889 Eibhlin Glennon
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.otterhound.org/Otterhound_Rescue.html
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