The Otterhound Club of America
                Promoting, Protecting & Preserving the Breed Since 1960

Additional Breed Resources & Information

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Sign up for the Purina Pro Club.

Our Club participates in the Purina Parent Club Partnership (PPCP)  Program to earn funding for canine health studies, education and/or rescue efforts that will benefit our breed. For information on becoming a member and to sign up, visit PPCP web site.

PLEASE NOTE: Pro Club Members redeem weight circles from bags of participating Purina brand dog food. Purina tracks these weight circle submissions and for every $100 of qualifying weight circle points earned by Pro Club members, Purina donates $10 to the participating national parent breed club.

ALSO NOTE: This data is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any company or product by the OHCA. 

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The Club

The Otterhound Club of America 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 Otterhound in the United States. All OHCA members are encouraged to sign and abide by the Code of Ethical Conduct. The Club publishes a bi-monthly newsletter for its membership and has held a National Specialty every year since 1981.  

Every year, the OHCA sponsors a National Specialty in the fall and a Regional Specialty in Louisville, KY in March.  Public Education events are held around the country. Please visit our Events Calendar for opportunities to meet an Otterhound up-close and personal.

Have question for the OHCA Board?   Please send an email to

 Club Officers & Board of Directors Contact Information 
President  Betsy Conway  PA  (570)  739-7074 
Vice President  Ashka Gordon  CA  (858) 344-1705 
Secretary  Becky Van Houten   WI  (920) 868-2058
Treasurer Deborah Steffen  MD  (443) 624-7689
Director Tom Develin   PA  (610) 367-8230
 Director  Wayne Kline  PA  (717) 548-1266
Director Sherri Malone GA  (317)  730-4369
 Director  Rusty Mellon CO  (970)  352-3553      
 Director  Wayne Plucheck CO  (303)  644-4433

 Club Committees Contact Information 
Breeder Referral Karen Higgins   CA  (818) 687-8449
Health Joellen Gregory   MD  (301) 834-7389 
 Judges Education  Arlyne Smith  IL  (708) 756-7405 
Judges Selection Nancy Lange   MI  (269) 209-6349
 Member Relations  Marilyn Hajjar  CA  (707) 643-4451
Public Education  Deborah Follett   NJ  (908) 507-8163
 Reproductive  Becky Van Houten  WI  (920) 868-2058

Eibhlin Glennon IL (847) 838-3889 
Kathy Munger MD  (410) 349-0420
 Technology  Ashka Gordon  CA   (858) 344-1705 
 Ways & Means
  Sue Plucheck  CO (303) 717-3121 
Sherri Mallone GA   (317)  730-4369 

Otterhound Breeders
A list of Otterhound breeders in the US and Canada is available on our Breeder Referral page.   For information about Breeders in Great Britain and other countries, visit Kennel Club pages available on the Links page

Otterhound Rescue
Please read how you can help determine if a dog might really be an Otterhound. For more information visit the Rescue Page or email 


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         submit the new Club Membership Application and we will handle the rest.
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