Thinking about purchasing an Otterhound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Otterhound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Otterhound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Otterhound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Otterhound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Otterhound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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. Otterhounds are 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.
Colors: All hound
colors appear and are permissible. They are generally colored grizzle, wheaten,
black and tan, liver and tan or tricolor.
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.
Otterhound 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
Otterhound 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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