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breed of large houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
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 developed in England over centuries. It stands about 25 in. (63.5 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs up to 65 lb (29.5 kg). The water-repellent double coat is composed of hard, oily outer hairs and a thick, woolly undercoat. It is usually colored white and blue, but it may also be various shades of tan or black and tan. During the latter half of the 19th cent., when the hunting of otters in England was at its peak, as many as 20 packs of otterhounds regularly worked the countryside and riverbanks. Today it is still used as a hunter, frequently for raccoon, but is more often kept as a farm dog and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Breeds such as the Otterhound, the English toy terrier, the curly-coated retriever and the Irish red-and-white setter had fewer than 100 registrations with the Kennel Club last year.
At the other end of the list, the English Foxhound is again the least- registered purebred dog (17 registrations) followed by the Otterhound (23), American Foxhound (42), Sussex Spaniel (45) and Harrier (53).
Hound breeds (413): Afghan Hounds 25, American English Coonhounds 2, American Foxhounds 2, Basenjis 19, Basset Hounds 8, Beagles (13") 12, Beagles (15") 19, Black and Tan Coonhounds 5, Bloodhounds 9, Bluetick Coonhounds 2, Borzoi 29, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 26, Dachshunds (Smooth) 27, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 20, English Foxhounds 4, Greyhounds 9, Harriers 5, Ibizan Hounds 12, Irish Wolfhounds 11, Norwegian Elkhounds 12, Otterhounds 7, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 9, Pharaoh Hounds 16, Plotts 1, Redbone Coonhounds 7, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 50, Salukis 20, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 13, Whippets 27.