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Otterhound Breed Summary

Affectionate, Placid, Well-Tempered, Boisterous and Happy

These dogs are fairly large in size and are rather impressive to look at, due to their noble but rugged looks! Originally, they were bred to hunt but more recently have found themselves making lovely companions. They particularly make great dogs for those humans who lead more active lives and who live in the countryside.

They are very high energy and love nothing more than being outdoors with the wind in their hair! They shed a fair amount of hair and are prone to leaving muddy paw prints around the house, so for this reason, should not live with humans who are particularly house proud!

Fun Fact: They absolutely love to go on trips to the beach!

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 10 - 13 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 27in Females 24in
Weight Males 115lb, Females 80lb
Coat Coats are Double. The Topcoats are Rough, Dense and Harsh. They are also Oily in Texture.
Color Grizzle, Sandy, Red, Wheaten, White, Black and tan, Blue and tan, Black and cream, Liver, Tan and liver, Tan and white
Eye color Hazel
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Bloat
Other Names Woolies

These guys are known for their incredibly sweet and affectionate personalities and love being with humans living in a home environment. They are normally very good around children, but their large size means some smaller children may be accidentally knocked over! They can sometimes be a bit boisterous in their puppyhood, but this can easily be straightened out with lots of training and socialization. They are generally very placid and well-tempered, making them really lovely family pets. They love water, so if you live near a beach or lake, we fully recommend taking advantage of this!

In medieval England a huge otter population preyed on fish in rivers and stocked ponds. To protect this valuable food source, packs of Otterhounds were kept by country squires and even kings. As a sport, otter hunting was never as popular as the British gentry's cherished foxhunts, but it did help fill the spring and summer months for sportsmen waiting for the fall hunting season. Otterhound packs were so good at their work that river otters nearly went extinct and hunting them was outlawed.