When we went to Hickory Run, Taia came for the first two days with Otter, Jeff and Taia’s Deutsch-Drahthaar.  Deutsch-Drahthaars are bred for hunting, and are ideal hunters because they have an incredible sense of smell, are intelligent, and have the ability to point or indicate the direction of an object, usually prey.  Deutsch-Drahthaars are known for their intelligence and loyalty.

The commonly known German Wirehaired Pointer has evolved from the Deutsch-Drahthaar, which was developed in late 19th century Germany.  The two breeds split in the 1950’s when breeders started to breed Deutsch-Drahthaar without the standard breeding restrictions and regulations.  The restrictions and regulations involve a performance test.  Any Deutsch-Drahthaar that displays physical aggressiveness to humans would be promptly dismissed from the breeding society (Source: Verein Deutch-Drahthaar Group).

Otter is a medium sized dog.  His fur is dense and wiry, with brown and white speckles on most of his body and large brown splotches.  Otter’s eyes are dark brown and placed under prominent eyebrows.  His nose is brown, surrounded by a sophisticated moustache.  The Deutsch-Drahthaars have these moustaches and wiry coats to protect them against burrs and thorns they encounter while hunting.

Otter came out on the hike to Hawk Falls and on the Boulder Field hike.  He was obedient on both of the hikes, showing intelligence and obedience while walking nicely on a leash.  Otter loves to swim and went into the water at Hawk Falls.  So basically, in the long and short of it, Otter is an awesome dog.

~Photos courtesy of Jeff Fetterman