The Otterhound is a large hound breed that requires plenty of exercise. They are an active and intelligent breed that requires moderate grooming.
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Finding an Otterhound
- Large, narrow head with heavy flews
- Muscular legs
- Coat: Thick, coarse hair; comes in any color
- Dark, deep-set eyes
- Shaggy face, bushy eyebrows
- Webbed feet
- Height: 24-27 inches
- Weight: 80-115 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12 years
- Friendly, loving, devoted, cheerful, athletic, independent
- Interaction with people: Good with children; great companion pet
- Interaction with animals: Good with other pets
- Training: Can take patience. Breed can be stubborn.
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments
- Requires significant daily exercise; great jogging mates
- Highly attracted to scents; may wander
- Average shedder
- Brush weekly
- Wash beard at least weekly
- Bred to hunt otters, which were destructive to the fishing industry
- Can swim for hours
- Great at tracking
- A pack of Otterhounds will bay while hunting; this songlike sound is considered a special treat by hunters
- Otter hunting is now banned
- Originated in Great Britain
- Developed to jump into icy water and follow otters to their dens
- First brought to the U.S. in the early 1900s
- Acute sense of smell