Otter hound


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Otter hound

a large (approximately 65 to 115 lb), muscular dog with a large head and distinctive long, pendulous ears that curl inward on the leading edge, large feet and a long tail. The coat is long, dense and rough with an oily, waterproof topcoat in solid colors. The breed is affected by an inherited platelet disorder (thromboasthenic thrombocytopathia).
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Somervile hunted at least three times a week, particularly on his favourite horse called "Old Ball", and his kennels housed a large assembly of beagles, otter hounds and fox hounds.
These were converted by the last owner, Mr John Powell Ponsonby-Lewes, who died in 1989, to accommodate his fox and otter hounds but have now been reinstated to their original use.