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Otterhound |England|

Otterhound |England|

The Otterhound is a delightful, though rare, breed that, as its name suggests, was originally bred to hunt otters. When otter hunting was banned in England in 1978, there was a huge decline in breed numbers. These dogs are of ancient origin and are believed to have been smooth coated before the seventeenth century. The earliest mention of a pack of Otterhounds dates to 1653. Their tremendous, shaggy, protective coat is possibly the result of rough-coated French Hounds introduced to the breed in the 1800s. Otterhounds have wonderful personalities and are very affectionate; they make excellent companion animals.

Otterhound |England| Otterhound |England|
From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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