Though the days of otter hunting are over (thankfully!), the Otterhound still retains the qualities that enabled him to excel in his field: size, strength, superior nose, endurance, webbed toes, and harsh weather-proof coat. Their origin is a bit murky but they are believed to have been developed in France and that they first made their appearance in America around 1900. They are friendly and good-natured but rather independent so patient and consistent training will yield the best results. They make a good pet for an active family but their large size may be a bit much for small children and the elderly. They do fine with occasional brushing and bathing but their large, hairy feet may require extra attention to keep them clean. A hound at heart, they can be rather boisterous and should stay on a leash or in a fenced yard so their nose and curiosity doesn’t lead them into danger.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.