10–13 years old
6 Hounds and related breeds
Once upon a time in the Middle Ages in England, a problem arose: a huge population of otters destroyed fish in rivers and ponds. It was decided to protect the valuable fishery with the help of hunting dogs Otterhounds. The name of the breed, by the way, speaks for itself: the English otterhound is formed from the words otter “otter” and hound “hound”.
As a sport, otter fishing never became popular. The hunters spent the spring and summer doing this only in anticipation of the fox season. However, the Otterhounds were so good at what they did that in the end the otter was in danger of extinction. So the hunting of these animals was banned.
Today, the Otterhound is quite difficult to meet even in the UK. Large kind dogs are often kept as companions, and it is almost impossible to see them at work. Otterhound is a born hunter. He loves water and is a great swimmer, he even has membranes on his paws. A wide chest and a powerful body make him hardy and strong. In addition, he has acute hearing and an excellent sense of smell.
Despite its impressive size, the Otterhound is a sensitive dog. He does not tolerate neglect, screaming and physical punishment. Especially when it comes to training.
Train Otterhounds with Positive Reinforcement. These dogs love to be praised. A smart and quick-witted dog can sometimes be stubborn, so the owner should be patient. By the way, a clicker gives good results in training with hunting dogs. Friendly Otterhound is good with strangers, he enjoys getting to know new people. True, this makes the dog not the best guard.
The Otterhound is indifferent to animals in the neighborhood, cats do not bother him either. Even if the kitten appeared in the house later.
For children, this is an affectionate friend who loves joint games and activities. But, like any hunting dog, it is better not to leave him alone with the kids.
The coat of the Otterhound is medium length. It is combed out every week with a medium-hard brush.
The presence of long hairs on the chin makes representatives of the breed not the cleanest dogs. The owner must be ready for frequent water procedures.
It is important not to forget to regularly inspect the condition of the eyes, ears and teeth of the pet. Nails should be cut a couple of times a month depending on the pet’s lifestyle.
Conditions of detention
Despite the calm disposition, the Otterhound is an energetic dog. He is ready to run for hours and play in the fresh air: the hunter’s temperament affects. To keep your pet in shape, it is necessary to walk with him at least twice a day, and the duration of each walk should be at least an hour.