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Otterhound

Height
24 - 27 in (61 - 68.6 cm)
Weight
70 - 130 lbs (31.8 - 59 kg)
Life Expectancy
10 - 13 years
Exercise
Active
Training
Challenge
Color
Liver & Tan, Blue & Cream, Grey, Black & Tan, Wheaten
Coat
Double, with a soft undercoat and longer harsher outer coat. Both coats are slightly oily.
Group
Hound

Otterhound Overview

Otterhound originated in England, and references to the breed have been found dating back to the 1100s, although that early dog was much different from today's Otterhound. The Bloodhound is one of the breed's ancestors.

The breed stands 24 to 27 inches tall and weighs between 70 and 130 pounds. The head is large and narrow, eyes are dark, and ears are long, pendulous, and folded. The chest is deep, and the tail reaches the hock. The undercoat is water-resistant and wooly. The outer coat is dense, rough, and coarse.

This is not an overly busy dog, but he does need daily exercise. He can go for a long walk, swim, and play on the agility course. Otterhounds are not natural retrievers, but many are excellent tracking dogs. All exercise should be on leash or within a fenced-in yard; this breed has a tendency to roam.

Training should begin early, as these are big dogs who could inadvertently overpower an owner. Although Otterhounds are quite bright, silly, and fun, they are not necessarily compliant dogs. They do best when training involves some motivation to get the dog's compliance; most are motivated by food. These large, powerful dogs should meet a variety of people while puppies. The Otterhound Club of America says, "Socialization is just as important as basic obedience training for an Otterhound."

The Otterhound needs an owner who understands how hounds think; they love their owners but are not canine shadows as so many other dogs are. The Otterhound can also be quite loud, which can cause problems with the neighbors. The breed is great with kids, although puppies can be clumsy and rowdy.

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