Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 40-52, Female: 32-36
Height: Male: 22-27, Female: 20-24
Origin of Name: The Otterhound is a British dog breed. It is a scent hound and is currently recognised by the Kennel Club.
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In medieval England there was a large otter population of fishes in rivers and stocked ponds. To protect this valuable food source, packs of otterhounds were kept by the country's rebels and even by kings. As a sport, otter hunting was never as popular as the British Gentry's nurtured foxhunt, but it helped fill the spring and summer months for players awaiting the fall hunting season. Otterhound packs were so good at their work that river otters became almost extinct and fell prey to them.