Otter dog

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Otter dog
Otter dog
FCI Standard No. 294
1.1 Large hounds
Origin :

Great Britain

Withers height:

Male: ≈69 cm,
bitch: ≈61 cm

Breeding standards:


List of domestic dogs

The Otterhound is a British breed of dog recognized by the FCI ( FCI Group 6, Section 1.1, Standard No. 294 ).

Origin and history

The otter dog in its current form originated in the 19th century. He was a pack hunter for hunting the otters, which were very common at the time . The requirements of the dog breed were a dense, "waterproof" fur, a good nose, it should be big in order to be able to wade through deeper water.

Its origins from France cannot be denied. Many wire-haired hounds like Nivernais, Brittany, and Vendais are certainly his ancestors. In England the breed was completed with the addition of various hounds, including the Bloodhound . At the end of the 19th century the marriage of the Otterhund packs also ceased due to a lack of game. Before that, many animals found their way to the USA.

It was not until 1979 that the FCI established the first breed standard. The Otterhound is on the Endangered Dog Breed List in the UK.


Large-sized, rough-haired dog up to 69 cm, weighs mostly between 30 and 40 kg, monochrome, grayish, sand-colored, red, wheat-colored, "blue"; with these colors, light white markings are permitted on the head, chest, paws and tail tip; white dogs may have light lemon-colored, "blue" or badger-colored markings. Black- tan , "blue" -tan, black-cream, occasionally brown (liver-colored), tan-brown, tan-white. The hair is long (4–8 cm), dense, rough, hard, impermeable, but no "wire hair", a slightly oily texture can be seen in the undercoat and top hair. The ears are long drooping, set at the level of the corner of the eye. It easily reaches to the nasal mirror if you pull it forward. It shows a characteristic fold. The leading edge folds or curls inward making it look strangely draped; this is an essential feature.


Thoroughbred hunting dog with an extra dose of stubbornness . Upbringing requires some effort and, above all, a lot of consistency: Nevertheless, even later on, people must not expect absolute obedience; if the dog likes a track, he often forgets everything around him, especially his upbringing.


Hunting dog, specialist in "cold" tracks that can be a few days old. As a family dog, it absolutely needs activity, at least through dog sports such as agility , tournament dog sports or flyball .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c Bonnie Wilcox, Chris Walkowicz: Kynos-Atlas dog breeds of the world. Volume 2. German translation by Helga and Dieter Fleig . 3. Edition. Kynos Verlag , Mürlenbach 1993, ISBN 3-924008-93-0 , 642 ff.
  2. Great Britain lists the Otterhound as an endangered breed of dog

Sources and further links

Web links

Commons : Otterhund  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Otterhund  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Breed standard No. 294 of the FCI: Otterhund  (PDF)