- Dog Breed Group
- Hound Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- England, hound and family pet.
- Life Expectancy
- 12 - 14 Years
- All hound colors.
- Long, dense, rough and harsh, but not wiry.
- Exercise Needs
- Exercise should consists of daily walks, play, plenty of space to run and an occasional swim.
- The otterhound is athletic, independent and boisterous. Known for his big sloppy kisses and soft-heart he makes an excellent fam
- Good with Children
- Affectionate with children. Good with other pets, but needs to be socialized to cats.
- Grooming Needs
- Moderate brushing is required for his double, shaggy coat. Coat should be striped occasionally. Ears, teeth and nails need atten
- Average Size - Male (in)
- 24 - 27
- Average Size - Female (in)
- 23 - 26
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- 75 - 115
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- 65 - 100
- Health Issues
- Hip dysplasia.v
- Living Conditions
- A home with a fenced yard is essential though he does better in a country environment.
The Otterhound is a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head showing great strength and dignity. He has a strong body and long striding action fit for a long day's work. He has an extremely sensitive nose, and is inquisitive and perseverant in investigating scents. There is no definite to the origin of this breed, but it is said he may have originated from the Bulldog, the Harrier, the Water Spaniel and Bloodhound and possible the wolf. First written record is from the reign of Edward II (1307 - 1327) where it is mentioned that this type of dog was used in packs to hunt otter.
As the breed's name suggests, the otter was the dog's preferred prey.
The Otter Hound is a very confident dog.
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