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Breeds 101

Otterhound

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Great Britain produced different hounds for different game, such as Foxhound for foxes, The Harrier for hares and the Bloodhound for boars.

The Otterhound might descend from the Bloodhound.

The Otterhound was created to enter the coldest river and follow an otters to its den. Otter hunting has since been banned, but the Otterhound has found a place with some as an amiable companion.

Fortunately, it has a cheerful disposition, enjoys human companionship and is reasonably good with children and with other animals.

The breed can, however, be stubbornly independent, especially when it sees or smells water.

The breed’s webbed feet help facilitate its love of being in the water, whether it’s a river, pool, or puddle.

The AKC recognized Otterhounds in 1909.

Size:
Large; females 23 to 26 inches, 65 to 100 pounds; males 24 to 27 inches, 75 to 115 pounds.

Color:
Any — usually black and tan, grizzle, red, liver and tan, tricolor, or wheaten.

Temperament:
Boisterous, amiable, easygoing; good with children.
May be stubborn and less than responsive to training, especially when outdoors and a scent is detected.

Energy level: Medium to high as a youngster.

Best owner: Hunter or some other outdoorsy type.

Needs:
Daily exercise, leash, fenced yard, training, companionship (human and canine), tolerance of baying, acceptance of wet beard, weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years.