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The Otterhound is an old British dog breed, with Bloodhound ancestors, and
one of the ancestors of the Airedale Terrier.
The Otterhound is a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head. Originally bred for
hunting, it has great
strength and a strong body with long striding steps. This makes it
able to perform prolonged hard work. Otterhounds generally weigh
between 80 and 120 pounds (36 to 54 kg). They have extremely
sensitive noses which make them inquisitive and perseverant in
investigating scents. Consequently, they need particular
supervision. They are friendly dogs with a unique bass voice which
they use frequently.
The Otterhound hunts its quarry both on land and in water and it
has a combination of characteristics unique among hounds; most
notably an oily, rough, double coat and substantial webbed feet.
The use of otterhounds to hunt otters by scent ceased in Britain in 1978
when it became illegal to kill otters, at this point otter hunts
switched to hunting mink or coypu.
The breed lives to between 10 and 13 years old, although at
least one hound is known to have lived to be 16 years old.
The Otterhound enjoys considerable exercise, but can also be a
couch potato. They can be good family dogs but need to be kept in a
secure property since they can jump fences up to 5 feet high.
An Otterhound, published in 1859
There are only an estimated 1,000 or so Otterhounds in the world
and somewhere between 350 and 400 in the US. Even in the early 20th
century, when otter hunting was most popular as a sport,
Otterhounds were not numerous. They are now considered the most
endangered dog breed in Britain since only 51 were born there in
2006. They are on the list of Vulnerable Native Breeds as
identified by the UK Kennel Club, and as much as possible is being
done to save the breed. 
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- ^ "The puppies rarer than
giant pandas", The Daily Telegraph, 5 March 2007,
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