This is the Otterhound Clubs Health site for all Otterhound Health related issues. Although a stand alone site, this is the Official Health Site of the Otterhound Club (UK) and we do work with and collate information from all over the world. We aim to be as inclusive as possible and welcome your feedback and health information relating to your Otterhounds. Our purpose and aim to promote happy, healthy hounds!
The Otterhound Club also has a Health Breed Co-Ordinator and Committee. Information can be found in the menu or by clicking here.
You may be aware that some breeds of dog (and crossbreeds too) can be susceptible to inherited disease. Of course you want to be sure that the dog you choose is as healthy as possible and you would like to know that it has not inherited any undesirable disease-causing genes from its parents. There is some help in that DNA tests for diseases in purebred dogs are available for some conditions in certain breeds, but there are not very many such tests just yet! There are also, however, a number of clinical veterinary screening schemes that dog breeders use to increase the probability of producing healthy puppies.
Potential dog owners should be aware that, at present, the application of various health screening results to breeding programmes is not always straightforward and breeders may make choices for various reasons. A responsible breeder though, will always be willing to discuss relevant health issues with you and our breed club is a useful sources of breed-specific information.
Schemes or advice relevant to Otterhounds.
We do hope you find this site helpful as well as useful. If you have anything you would like to add, comment on or update then please contact us.
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL HEALTH WEBSITE OF THE OTTERHOUND CLUB.
WE DO NOT PROMOTE ANY INDIVIDUAL, BREEDERS OR KENNELS.