Otter hound breeders

otter hound breeders


Breed Registries:

  • Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) - Hounds
  • American Kennel Club (AKC) - Houng Group
  • United Kennel Club (UKC) - Scenthound Breeds
  • The Kennel Club [U.K.] (KC) - Hounds
  • Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) * - Standard No. 294

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America .

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Females: 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder.


Males: Average weight is between 95 and 115 lbs

Females: Average weight is between 65 and 100 lbs.

Breed Profile:

The Otterhound has been known in Britain since the 13th century where he was used to work in packs to hunt river otter that robbed the streams of fish. With his webbed feet and swimming endurance, the Otterhound is definitely a water dog. In North America, the Otterhound has been used to hunt mink, raccoon, mountain lion and bear. This is a rare breed with fewer than 1000 dogs worldwide. The largest population exists in the U.K and the U.S. as well as smaller numbers in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Canada. His ancestry includes the Bloodhound and he is an ancestor to the Airedale Terrier .

He is described as a boisterous, even-tempered dog with true devotion to his owner. This is an active breed that requires lots of outdoor activity, including being able to swim. They excel at tracking, enjoy obedience as well as agility and other dog sports.

The Otterhound is a large and strong dog weighing up to 125 lbs for a mature male. They are known to be affectionate but not demanding in attention. They generally get along well with other dogs and animals when raised with them or carefully introduced. Due to their size, caution must be exercised around small children and frail elderly people.

His outer coat is dense, rough, coarse and crisp and he has a water-resistant undercoat of short, wooly and slightly oily hair. The most common colour is grizzle or sandy with black and tan more or less clearly defined.

Health Issues

The Otterhound is generally a very healthy breed with an average life expectancy of 10 to 13 years with some living to 15 or 16. However, like many of the large breed dogs, the Otterhound may be susceptible to Hip Dysplasia and Bloat . In addition, Otterhounds are subject to a potentially fatal bleeding disorder and all breeding stock should be DNA tested for this disease.

If you are considering the adoption of a Otterhound puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

  • Health and Nutrition — Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
  • Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
  • AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
  • Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
  • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
  • Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
  • University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
  • HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.

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