Otterhound Resource


Shaggy, boisterous and friendly, the Otterhound is uncommon but makes a devoted companion. This breed has been known in Britain since the early 13th century, where it was used to hunt otter, which robbed rivers of their fish. In 1978 the otter became a protected species in Britain, and because their usefulness seemed over, many of the hounds were destroyed. A club for the breed’s protection was organized, and the first British standard for the breed was drafted. On this continent Otterhounds have been used to hunt mink, raccoon, mountain lion and bear. This is an attractive, smart, rough-coated breed measuring from 22 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighing from 65 to 115 pounds. The water-repellent double coat may be any acceptable hound color. Weekly brushing is recommended. The breed prefers life in the country and should have lots of daily outdoor exercise and occasional access to water so it can show off its swimming skills. Its gentle, appealing nature makes the Otterhound a good house pet. These dogs love children and are good watchdogs.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Large Dog Breed
Any color or combination of colors.

Water-repellent double coat. Dense, rough, coarse coat.


Brush weekly.

Life Expectancy:
10 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Hound Group
UKC Group:
24 to 27 inches at the shoulder
80 to 115 pounds
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Companion, hunting, watchdog