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Originally used in England as a packhound to trail and kill otter that were said to interfere with trout and salmon fishing, the otterhound hunted its quarry on land and water. This required a combination of unique characteristics – most notably a rough double-coat, a large, sensitive nose and substantial webbed feet. Otter hunting is no longer allowed, however the otterhound is the same dog today as he was in the 19th century – a large dog with an imposing head, strong body and long striding movement, fit for a long day’s work, with an amiable, boisterous and even-tempered personality.