The large and rough-coated Otterhound was originally bred for hunting otter in England. Built for work, the dog breed has a keen nose and renowned stamina. They are also playful clowns, friendly and affectionate with their families. This is an uncommon breed, with fewer than ten Otterhound litters born each year in the United States and Canada.

Watch and learn about Otterhound dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Otterhound Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Otterhound Dog Hound Dogs 2 feet to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder 10 to 12 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Otterhound is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Otterhound is rated 1 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Otterhound is rated 2 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level.. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Sensitivity Level. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Being Alone. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather. parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Friendly Dog.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers. parameter.

Health Grooming:

Otterhound is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 1 out of 5 in Drooling Potential.. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 2 out of 5 in Easy To Groom.. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Groom. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in General Health. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Weight Gain. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Size.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Size. parameter.

Trainability:

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Trainability. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 2 out of 5 in Easy To Train.. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Easy To Train. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 2 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl.. This means Otterhound has scored low and is not suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential. parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Energy Level.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 4 out of 5 in Intensity.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Intensity. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs. parameter.

Otterhound is rated 5 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness.. This means Otterhound has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness. parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Hound Dogs

Height

2 feet to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder

Life Span

10 to 12 years

Highlights

Otterhounds require a great deal of exercise, and not just chasing a ball in the backyard. A vigorous daily workout of jogging or swimming for several miles is needed to keep him physically and mentally healthy. However, because of the adverse effect of strenuous exercise on growing joints and bones, you should limit exercise among puppies and adolescent Otterhounds (and among those with hip dysplasia). Swimming is the best exercise for younger dogs, because the risk of joint injury is minimal.Otterhounds are enthusiastic and loud barkers. But don’t expect yours to be a guard dog — he’s far too friendly for that.Don’t allow your Otterhound off-leash in unfenced areas; you never know when he might catch an enticing scent and run off.Otterhounds enjoy being outdoors, but they’re best suited to living daily life inside the house with their families.A fenced yard is mandatory. Otterhounds have been known to jump fences as high as five feet, so be sure the fencing is at least six feet tall.The Otterhound is affectionate, but he’s also independent. He won’t follow you around, begging for attention. He’ll probably greet you when you get home, and then — if he doesn’t need exercise — he’ll return to his favorite snoozing spot.The Otterhound loves food and can become obese if you don’t monitor his diet. Also, his incredible sense of smell enables him to locate those special goodies you’ve hidden in the cabinets, and his size and cleverness enable him to find a way to get at them.Big dog, bigger expense. Everything for a big dog costs more, from food to grooming to veterinary care.To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.