Rare And Interesting Breeds - The Otterhound

About The Otterhound

Otterhounds are large and impressive looking dogs that boast a rather rugged look about them.

They were originally breed for hunting purposes in the 1800s but have since become great companions for individuals and families, especially those who lead an active lifestyle!

Otterhounds are high energy dogs bread for the outdoors, their thick coats keep them warm all year and they also love a good swim!

Otterhounds are one of the rarest of our native breeds in the world and have been placed on the vulnerable native breed list.

Otterhound Personality

Energetic, that's the first thing you need to say about the Otterhound. He absolutely loves the outdoors and will walk, run and swim whenever he gets the chance. He needs a lot of exercise to keep happy. But when exercised enough he is an absolute joy to be around.

The Otterhound like most dogs is definitely a family dog. He thrives on companionship and is loyal to his family. He is well tempered and a joy for kids and adults. However, his excitability can cause issues in small houses or with very little kids!

The Otterhound can also be a tad willful in his adolescence and does require constant training from a young age. He is not recommended to first time owners or to owners who do not have the time to exercise and train him.

Overall the Otterhound is a well-tempered and excitable dog who is a joy to be around but does require daily exercise and training.

History Of Otterhound

Although the breed can only be traced back as a distinct breed to the 1800s there have been records of Otterhounds all the way back to 1360.

Otterhounds are thought to be one of the oldest breeds of British hound on record and were originally bred for hunting purposes.

The dog's original purpose was to track and kill otters which were considered a serious pest in medieval times.

The Otterhound proved very effective at culling the otter population and was used from then on as a hunting and tracking dog due to its ability to easily cross all sorts of terrains.

To this day Otterhounds are still used for hunting, however, the breed has become very rare with only a few puppies registered every year.