All Dog Breeds >>Otterhound
When otters in England began preying on fish in the rivers and streams, the English used the Otterhound to solve the problem. Although otter hunting is now banned, the breed still exists. His origins are somewhat shrouded in mystery, but many believe the breed originated somewhere in France and is similar to their Vende hound. Otterhounds first arrived in the United States around 1900.
Otterhound Breed for you ?
Amiable, boisterous and even-tempered, the Otterhound enjoys his family, but may not be the best breed for toddlers or a frail elderly person due to his size. Exercise should be on leash or in a fenced yard due to the breed’s tendency to follow his nose. Weekly brushing and occasional bathing will prevent mats in the coat, although owners shouldn’t be surprised if the breed’s large, hairy paws or beard collect mud or other objects and need to be cleaned more frequently. The Otterhound is stubborn, so training may take longer, but the breed can learn. Owners should be prepared for his "hound voice," a deep bay that neighbors may not enjoy.