Otterhound dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: United Kingdom
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: 30 - 50 kg
- Height: 60-65 cm
- Colors: black, liver, gray, black, brown, brown
- Training: dreseaza is slightly harder
- Grooming: requires regular brushing
- Temperament: social, intelligent, cheerful, friendly, balanced
- Health: robust and resistant
- Litter size: 4 - 14 puppies
- Lifespan: 10 - 13 years
- Other names: Otterhound dog
It is an ancient breed akin Bloodhound. It was raised to hunt otters. Today, hunting is prohibited when it is used less often for hunting other animals and more as a pet. Hound otter is native to Britain for centuries.
Although controversial, many believe that the race had emerged from interbreeding with griffonii bloodhound's, Harrier II and terriers. As its name suggests, the breed was developed to hunt otters because at that time the population of otters in England was excessive and compete with fishermen for trout.
Otter Hound for the first time was mentioned in literature was the beginning of the XIV during the reign of King Edward II. Some kings were enthusiastic Hound otter. Around 1900, the population of otters diminished and as happened with the otter hounds.
In the mid 1970s, the breed was almost extinct and only thanks to the efforts of dedicated breeders, breed back little by little. Hound otter is considered a rare breed, copies being found mostly in England and the United States.
In 1910, Bloodhound otter was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the group of hunting dogs.
Otterhound is a dog prone to obesity so his diet should be monitored carefully. A Otterhound food, like the other dogs by the way, is reflected in his health and longevity.
Critics say the commercial food store is filled with chemicals, water and other stuff. A healthy food not only gives the dog a longer life but it spares and stomach ailments.
Some owners of Otterhound feed their dog with both home-cooked meals and the food bought and it is not a bad thing if the food contains whole food nutrients necessary for your dog needs.
If you do not know what to give him quantities of each food or much food in general you should consult the veterinarian. It will come with you to a bowl of food rich in foods depending on the dog's activity, age and size.
In the category of what is NOT allowed an Otterhound enter sweets, and it is good to teach children not to give chocolate and the like dogs because they harm, chicken bones cooked in special and bones in general if the animal is not used to it .
A dog will eat heartily bones of a grill, but if he is accustomed to beans and chicken bones are is not recommended to give him even though he insists. Unlike cats dogs break so much as swallow food and chicken bones breaks, long in chips. Once inside its walls stab them in the stomach causing pain and inconvenience dog.
Dog is a big, strong, muscular body with a more long than tall. The head is large, narrow nose equal in length to the skull, big black nose.
The eyes are small, deeply set and dark. The ears are large, long and long hair left on them. The tail is long and quite bushy.
It has strong legs, large paws with interdigital membrane. The fur is double, with a first coat short, soft, oily and an outer layer with a longish hair (about 15 cm) coarse, long hair on the face, forming mustache and beard.
The hair is slightly wavy form a waterproof jacket, characteristic of this dog. The colors may be different, characteristic hunting dogs (gray, blue, straw yellow, brown, black, tan) and combinations of these colors.
Hound adult otter can reach a weight of 30-52 kg body around tall at the shoulder and about 60-65 cm.
It's a dog with a highly developed olfactory smell, noisy, intelligent, cheerful, friendly, balanced.
Gets along well with everyone: master, foreign children. Accept other dogs or other animals.
Dreseaza is a dog that bit harder, but with a balanced training, firm, consistent but not as tough or severely they can get satisfactory results.
Education and training of an otter hounds requires patience, firmness and consistency.
Some otter hounds can be disobedient and stubborn.
This dog is weatherproof, who likes to live outdoors in a fenced space where it can move freely, but can accommodate and an apartment if they were provided with daily exercise it needs to stay then quiet.
It needs socialization, training.
The coat should be brushed or combed occasionally to not spoil the natural appearance.
It is a good hunting dog, taken after a pleasant companion.
Hound otter breed is robust and resistant with fewer sensitivities of a medical nature. With an increased frequency of these were reported as follows:
- Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis in a row.
- Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system that occurs mostly in the age of 2-5 years.
- Torsion (dilation) is a disease gastric sudden life threatening animal stomach filling associated with air and twist it.
- Glanzmann's thrombasthenia disease is inherited platelet disorder that can be fatal.