Ancestors of the Otterhound


Ancestors of the Otterhound


All of the modern breeds pictured here have at one time been crossbred with the hounds in the otter hunt packs, and with some there have been several documented crosses. The evidence for the genetic contribution of the chien gris de St. Louis, the dog used in the royal French hunt packs of the 13th through 15th century, and the English Talbot or Southern Hound is not as direct.

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Caption says "Chien gris de St. Louis, after a 16th cent. tapestry"
ancestor of several French Griffon breeds, and through them, of the Otterhound
~ breed no longer exists ~

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1831 illustration of the Southern Hound ~ breed no longer exists

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Griffon Nivernais
documented cross in 1958 from which bloodline continues

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Grand Griffon Vendeen

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Dumfriesshire Foxhounds
documented cross into otter hunt pack as late as 1965,
from which bloodline continues

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Welsh Foxhound
documented crosses into otter hunt packs as late as 1952,
from which bloodline continues

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Bloodhound
documented crosses into otter hunt packs as late as 1972,
cross in 1958 from which bloodline continues