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Description: The Otterhound is a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head showing great strength and dignity. They have a strong body and long striding action fit for a long day's work. They have an extremely sensitive nose, and are inquisitive and perseverant in investigating scents. Their scenting skills are almost the same as that of the Bloodhound. They are somewhat shaggy, with medium length fur and wheaten, tan or black in color. They have long drop ears and a friendly disposition. The Otterhound is known for their big sloppy kisses and soft hearts. They make an excellent family companion though sometimes they may think they are a lap dog. Otterhounds were once used for hunting otter, but their name no longer applies today. But they still retain strong instincts to follow scents outside and track down different animals. The Otterhound is a stubborn and independent breed, and will not easily do as you say. They are athletic, happy and do fine in a kennel. They can become destructive if they are not properly trained. Otterhounds love water and love to be around people.
24 - 27 inches; Females: 23 - 26 inches.
hound colors appear and are permissible. They are generally colored grizzle,
wheaten, black and tan, liver and tan or tricolor.
Otterhounds are athletic, independent, boisterous and friendly. They are
very stubborn and can become destructive if not trained. This breed is okay
to be kenneled, though many Otterhounds live indoors nowadays. Otterhounds
have incredibly good noses, and love to use them to search out scents when
they are outside. They are good with children and other dogs, and enjoy
being with people. They are rather cheerful and content to do as they please,
although they are very devoted to their masters. They like to bark and to
roam, but are very enthusiastic.
Care and Exercise:
Moderate brushing is required for the Otterhound's double,
shaggy coat. Their coat should also be stripped occasionally. Ears, teeth
and nails need attention occasionally. Exercise should consists of daily
walks, play, plenty of space to run and an occasional swim.
Activity: Indoors -
Low. Outdoors - High. When given a scent or a trail, these dogs become very
active and engaged.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, bleeding disorders, seizures and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the largest killer of all breeds except for cancer. It affects most dogs, but Otterhounds can be more susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Bloat is also known as twisted stomach or gastric torsion.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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