Dog Breed Profiles

Otterhound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
England, hound and family pet. 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
All hound colors. 
Coat
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. 
Temperament
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. 

Breed Description

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.

Breed Infobits

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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