Original Name : Otterhound
Type : Braccoid
Male size : Approximately 27 inches
Female size : Approximately 24 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Otterhounds are gentle, even-tempered dogs that are becoming ever rarer, even in their native country, where they are registered as a Vulnerable Native Breed. They have a distinctive head, which, save the muzzle, is well covered in rough hair and sports a mustache and light beard, producing a gentle, open expression.
Imposing, with pure lines, deeper than it is broad.
Very strong, level topline, broad back, short, strong loins, deep chest.
All recognized hound colors permitted: solid, grizzle, sandy, red, wheaten, blue.
Long, hanging, set level with the corner of the eye, easily reaching to the nose when pulled forward.
Set high, carried high in action, never rolled over the back.
Approximately 2-3 inches long, dense, rough, harsh, weather-resistant, not wiry, of broken appearance.
These big dogs are solidly built, with a majestic head and straight legs, producing a supple, long-stride gait. Given their primary function, their large feet and rough double coat are essential characteristics of the breed.
The typical fold of the ear is a distinctive feature of Otterhounds. The edge of the ear is folded or rolled inward, producing a curious draped effect. It’s an essential attribute of these big, strong dogs, which were originally bred to hunt in the water, although they are also able to run on firm ground.