The Otter Dog is a large, robust breed of dog, originally from the United Kingdom. They are noted for their scruffy, rustic appearance and their ability to track and hunt otters.

General details

According to FCI standards, males have an average height of 69 to 74 cm at the withers, while females measure around 61 to 66 cm. In terms of weight, males can weigh between 45 and 54 kg, while females usually weigh between 36 and 45 kg. The Otterhound is classified in FCI Group 6, which includes hound-type dogs and related breeds. They have an average life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

Breed history in brief

The Otterhound, or Otterhound, is an ancient breed of dog believed to have its origins in Great Britain, specifically in the Cheshire and Shropshire regions. Its history goes back several centuries, being originally bred as an otter hunting dog. Otter Dogs were used to track and hunt otters in rivers and waterways, taking advantage of their exceptional scenting abilities and endurance. Over the years, the Otterhound has played an important role in wildlife conservation, as its ability to track and locate otters has been critical to efforts to control and preserve the species. At one time, otter hunting was a common practice, but with the protection and conservation of wildlife, their role has evolved and now focuses on activities such as dog shows and family companionship.

Breed characteristics

The Otter Dog is characterized by its scruffy and rustic appearance. Its body is strong, its limbs straight and its head majestic. The eyes are moderately deep set, have an intelligent expression and their coloring matches the coat. The ears are long, pendulous and the tip is folded inwards giving a folded appearance. The coat is double, long, harsh and hard. It is also waterproof and its texture varies from smooth to rough. The Otterhound's characteristic colors include various shades of gray, from light gray to dark gray, with darker spots and markings. Some individuals may also exhibit colors such as chestnut and wheaten. They are friendly, affectionate and sociable dogs, both with people and other animals. They are intelligent and can be independent, but are also affectionate and loyal to their families. They are active dogs that enjoy companionship and participating in outdoor activities.

Common health problems

The Otter Dog is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip dysplasia, von Willebrand's disease, hypothyroidism and platelet disorders.

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