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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.

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. NB: It is important to
remember that all dog breeds are essentially the same species (Canis lupus familiaris)
and varying characteristics of any one breed are the result of selective breeding by
humans in order produce certain looks and traits. "Endangered" breeds such as the
Otterhound are therefore closely related leaving them prone to inherited diseases due
to a lack of genetic diversity.
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