Breed Organization Otterhound Club of America Website: http://www.otterhound.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 10-13 Years Litter Size Average 5-10 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance The Otterhound is a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head. Originally bred for hunting, it has great strength and a strong body with
long striding steps. This makes it able to perform prolonged hard work. The Otterhound hunts its quarry both on land and in water and it has a combination of
characteristics unique among hounds; most notably an oily, rough, double coat and substantial webbed feet.
Breed Description Head: Taller than it is wide. Well-domed skull. Stop not pronounced. Strong, high-set muzzle. Abundant flews. Slight beard and mustache.
Strong, large jaws. Ears: Long and pendulous, with feathering and a characteristic fold. Front edge folded or rolled inward. Eyes: Color depends on coat color. Body: Solid. Long, powerful neck. Chest well let-down. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Carried high in action. Hair: 4 to 8 cm long, dense, thick, hard, and waterproof. Oily, woolly undercoat. Coat: All recognized hound colors allowed: whole-colored, grizzled, sable, red, wheaten, and blue. May have slight white
markings on the head, chest, feet, and tip of the tail. White dogs may have slight lemon, blue, or badger grey markings. Size: Dog: approx. 67 cm. Bitch: approx. 60 cm. Weight: approx. 32 kg.
History This large, shaggy breed is believed to be descended from the Saint Hubert Hound and French griffons (the Griffon Vend�e and the
Griffon Nivernais) imported to England before 1870 after receiving Harrier and Wirehaired Terrier blood. Otterhounds were developed
to hunt otter, pursuing it even underwater. After otter hunting was banned in England around 1970, the breed became rare. It is one of the ancestral breeds of the Airedale Terrier.
Behavior Otterhounds are courageous, tenacious, and stubborn. They are very resistant to cold, love water, and are excellent swimmers.
They can spend an entire day hunting in the water but can also gallop about on dry land. Kind, even-tempered, affectionate, and
playful, they make wonderful companions. Otterhounds require firm training.
Health In spite of the small gene pool, the Otterhound is generally a healthy breed, but is subject to many of the same complaints as all large, rapidly growing dogs.
Advice Otterhounds need lots of exercise and weekly brushing. Being a hunting dog, special attention should be given to the ears.