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

  It's time to renew your
     Club Membership! 

Click HERE to access the
  online & mail-in forms.

Interested in becoming a Club Member?   It's easy!          Apply Online

Get Ready for the 37th OHCA National Specialty!
 When:  September 14-17, 2017
      Where:  Allentown, PA @
    Macungie Memorial Park

For more information, visit our
      National Specialty Page

Contact the Club

Welcome to the World of Otterhounds

    Meet Benson:  the Winner of our                  Spring Facebook contest!  

Benson is a very active 2.5-year old hound. He is a trained therapy dog who volunteers with the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), working alongside police, fire, EMS, deputy coroners and hospital personnel. Benson helps provide immediate emotional and practical support to survivors of tragedy, including sudden deaths, suicides and auto accidents. At local hospitals, he visits children, terminally ill patients and hospital staff. He volunteers at local elementary schools and has children with disabilities read to him. He is also the "assistant coach" to a local high school softball team.   Busy boy!
In his spare time, Benson enjoys being a typical, lovable, goofy Otterhound:  he never misses an opportunity to show off his voice, play fetch and take time to smell the flowers!

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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.

We invite you to visit our web site and get to know these magnificent hounds.

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