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Life span

13 Years


52 Kg


Hound Dogs

Otterhound Overview

The Otterhound is a large breed of dog and can weigh anything up to 125 pounds, whether they’re male or female. To own an otterhound you must have enough space to accommodate for such a large dog.

The Otterhound are great with families that have children. They have a wonderful personality and love playtime, although they can be boisterous in their play, so not ideal for small children.

The Otterhound has a distinctive loud bark that can be intimidating, but they have a very sweet nature and are intelligent enough to understand when they’re being overly noisy.

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Otterhound Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Otterhound originates from the North-West of England in the first half of the 19th century.

Otterhound Temperament

The Otterhound is affectionate with lots of love to give to their family. They're loyal, determined and stubborn at times. Lots of character is packed into the Otterhounds body and they love to entertain. 

Otterhound Training

Training your Otterhound is relatively easy provided you start at an early age. The Otterhound doesn't respond well to discipline or shouting and therefore training should always be positive and reward-based and owners must always remain calm. 


The Otterhound has a lot of coat but doesn't shed a lot like many other dog breeds. They require moderate levels of grooming with a twice-weekly brush over their coats to remove any dead hair. They require regular teeth cleaning, nail clipping and cleaning if their ears, eyes and paws to prevent any buildup of dirt that can lead to an infection. 


The Otterhound is generally healthy but they are predisposed to a few health conditions such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Canine Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia 

Otterhound Exercise Needs

Otterhound requires moderate levels of exercise and mental stimulation. They're very active and love to spend their time walking in the great outdoors and running around letting off some of their energy. They should have as much time of their lead as possible but should always be supervised. 

Children and other pets

The Otterhound is great with children of all ages because of their fun, loving traits and they also make great family pets, The Otterhound doesn't suit living with small household pets but is ok with dogs of their own size provided they are socialised correctly and from a young age.