The large and rough-coated Otterhound was originally bred for hunting otter in England.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Otterhound.
There are references to “otter dogges” in England as far back as the 1100s, but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the breed came to look as it does today. Initially, Otterhounds were developed to hunt in packs. Their quarry was river otter, an animal that put much needed fish stocks at risk. Later, hunting river otter became a sport, rather than a way of protecting fishponds. The Otterhound of today has Bloodhound and several rough-coated French hound breeds in his heritage.
2) Sense of Smell
Otterhounds have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Like other scenthounds from the Hound Group, Otterhounds should be kept on leash or in a fenced yard when outside. Their innate desire to track any interesting odor may overrule their desire to listen to their humans. To let your Otterhound’s nose do its job, consider participating in scent-related dog sports, such as tracking, that will let your dog’s inborn talents shine.
3) Chasing Instinct
Otterhounds are seldom used for hunting any more, but some individuals still have strong instincts to chase and seize fleeing creatures, including cats.
The Otterhound is a large sized hunting dog with a proud gait. It is characterized by a large head; deep set eyes with dark color; a large nose with flared nostrils; a muzzle of moderate length and square shaped; low-set ears which are long and folded towards the end; thin lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a high-set, long tail with a slight curve towards the end. The tail is broad at the base and tapers towards the end. However, it is carried erect and never curls over the back. It has strong straight legs of moderate length with webbed feet which allow it to swim.
5) Talkative Breed
Otterhounds are quite vocal dogs known for their deep bay, which can carry easily over long distances. At one time, listening to the “music” made by a pack of hunting Otterhounds was part of the joy of the hunt. Although the baying has its charms, you and your neighbors might not agree. Some Otterhounds seem to enjoy hearing themselves “talk” and will mutter, groan, grunt and sigh. Others will relish “singing” along with you or other dogs.
Though good-natured, Otterhounds have an independent mind of their own. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
Without regular opportunities to vent their energy, Otterhounds become restless and bored, which they usually express by baying and destructive chewing. Otterhounds were never intended to be simply household pets. Their working behaviors (sniffing and following scents, chasing things that run, exploring, baying) can be a nuisance in a normal household setting. Trying to suppress these "hardwired" behaviors, without providing alternate outlets for their energy, is not fair to the dog.
The distinguishing coat of the Otterhound features a short, woolly, and slightly oily undercoat that is water-resistant and may be sparse in the summer months. The dense outer coat has a broken appearance and is rough, coarse, and crisp. Any color or combination of colors is acceptable in the Otterhound coat, although some variation of black and tan with grizzle markings is most common.
Without frequent brushing and combing, Otterhound become a matted mess. If you can't commit to the brushing, you have to commit to frequent trimming to keep the coat short and sanitary. Be aware that Otterhounds definitely shed, though some of the shed hair gets caught in the long tousled coat rather than ending up on your floor. Unless, of course, you clip the coat short; then their shed hair does end up on the floor. So when you clip, you trade less brushing for more hair on your floor.
10) Health Problems
The Otterhound is prone to some health issues like hip and elbow Dysplasia, Hemophilia, Bloat etc.