The Otterhound is an old British dog breed. The origins are not known. It is a scent hound and is currently recognised by the Kennel Club as a Vulnerable Native Breed... Source:
It is estimated there are approximately 850 - 900 Otterhounds in the world today. The registration figures worldwide can be found in the
Otterhound Database located on the US Otterhound Club website as they are supplied with official registrations from around the world.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
The Rare Otterhound: https://therareotterhound.wordpress.com/
Other Names for Breed:
Chien de loutre
Perro de nutria
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Health and Well-Being:
The Otterhound Club UK's page which includes links to recent year's health reports: Health Reports HEALTH REPORT 2009 | HEALTH REPORT 2010 | HEALTH REPORT 2011 | HEALTH REPORT 2012 | HEALTH REPORT 2013 | HEALTH REPORT 2014 | HEALTH REPORT 2015 as well as other information on hips, elbows and husbandry.
Also see the club's Health survey - population analysis links
Health Tests: CHIC
AKC - Club information: Otterhound Club of America:
Otterhound Health Surveys from 1996 and 2003
By: Eibhlin Glennon
There are numerous breed standards. The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
US: Otterhound Club of America: Database: http://www.otterhound.org/Otterhound_Database.html
Finland: Database: Otterhound: http://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=294
Otterhound: OFA Data
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Husbandry and Breeding
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
The Rare Otterhound
Includes numerous videos and quality breed information as well as a
map of where the current Otterhound breeders in North America are located.
This site contains a library, health survey, and other pertinent health resources.
Be sure to see '
A Short History of the Otterhound' to learn about the development of these pack hounds in Europe and America.
AKC: Otterhound Collection: Archives
Interview - 2008 - 3 rare breeds including the Otterhound VIDEO
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
UK: The Otterhound Club
US: AKC: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/otterhound/
Otterhound Club of America: http://www.otterhound.org/
Database: http://www.otterhound.org/Otterhound_Database.html Finland: Association Club: Suomen Bassetkerho ry: http://suomenbassetkerho.com/
Breed Club: Suomen Saukkokoirat ry, Finlands Utterhundar rf: http://www.saukkokoirat.fi/
Database: http://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=294 Germany: Otterhound Fan Club Deutschland: http://otterhound-club.de.tl/ Netherlands: The Kweb Otterhounds: http://www.otterhound.nl