The Otterhound Club of America, Inc. was founded in 1960. The OHCA is a member club of the American Kennel Club, and is recognized by the AKC as the official parent club of the Otterhounds in the United States
The main objective of the Club is to protect and advance the interests of the breed by advocating responsible ownership and breeding of Otterhounds and by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and events for which the Club is eligible under the rules and regulations of the AKC.
With fewer than 800 Otterhounds worldwide, they are more rare than Giant Panda and considered one of the most endangered dog breeds.
The Otterhound is an old British breed dating back to 1100s, with Bloodhounds and several rough coated hounds in its background.
The Otterhound is a large scent hound, unique among hounds because of his rough, double coat and substantial webbed feet, features necessary to hunt on both land and water. Otterhounds were used in packs to hunt river otter, initially as a way to protect fish ponds. It only later became a sport.
Today, Otterhounds are excellent family companions with great sense of humor and friendly personality. They excel in tracking and all activities involving their extraordinary sense of smell. They enjoy conformation, agility, rally and obedience. They are trained as Search & Rescue and Therapy dogs. These hounds are versatile and adaptable to all environments.