Known as "Mr. Otterhound," Dr. Hugh R. Mouat wanted to preserve the otterhound bred of dogs in the United States, which he worried were becoming extinct.
He attended Cornell University's N.Y.S. Veterinary College from 1925-29, and received a D.V.M. He eventually settled in Amsterdam, NY, where he ran Adruicha Kennels. In 1948, he donated the body of one of his otterhounds named "Bessie Blue" to the Smithsonian Institute "for taxidermy and for display in the mammal section." In 1960, he formed the Otterhound Club of America, a branch of the American Kennel Assocation. In 1966, with the help of W.J. Doods, D.V.M., Dr. Mouat created a program of free blood testing for otterhounds who are often born with hemophilia.
Many of Dr. Mouat's otterhounds competed and won certificates and trophies. Some of his writings include "Otterhound: A Complete and Reliable Handbook," "Otterhound Champions, 1952-1994," and "How to Raise and Train an Otterhound," as well as numerous articles.