Otterhound

Two_otterhoundsOtterhound History:

The first recorded Otterhounds were known to resemble the current breed in the North-West of England in the 19th century. During the 19th century, French Griffons were outcrossed, including one-eighth Wolf cross/Griffon Vendeen. In the early 20th century, the Griffon Nivernais was crossed into the breed and one particular dog which is the Boatman. It is one of the ancestral breeds of the Airedale Terrier.

Appearance:

The Otterhound is a large and rough-coated hound. It has a strong body with long striding steps. It has oily, rough, double coat and substantial webbed feet. It weighs between 80 to 115 pounds.

They have the very sensitive nose which they commonly used for inquisitive and perseverant in investigating scents. In consequence, they need particular supervision when outdoors. They are friendly dogs with a unique bass voice which they use frequently.

Temperament:

Otterhounds are boisterous, fun-loving dogs, but because of their size and clumsiness, supervision is needed when they are with small children. They love children and wouldn’t hurt them intentionally, but sometimes, their size and exuberance might cause them to hurt a child. The Otterhound would better suit a family with older children, ages 10 and up.

Health:

The average lifespan of the breed is more than 10 years. Common health conditions that can occur are elbow and hip dysplasia. Otterhounds can also be prone to ear infections, due to the shape of their ears.  Epilepsy and seizures can affect the breed that can be hereditary.