The Otterhound has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years.
The first recorded description of an Otterhound-like dog dates back to the early 14th century. The Otterhound has a mysterious origin, but most believe the breed descended from the French as it is an almost exact duplicate of the Vendée hound. Other possible breeds that may have contributed to the Otterhound include the Old Southern Hound, rough-coated Welsh Harrier, Bulldog, Griffon Nivenais, Griffon de Bresse and Bloodhound.
Although the Otterhound may have French ancestry, the breed was largely developed in Britain. As the name implies, the Otterhound was primarily used to hunt otter, but also helped track bear, mink and raccoon.
The Otterhound weighs 80 to 115 pounds and measures 24 to 27 inches.
The Otterhound has a harsh double coat that sheds moderately. The Otterhound should be brushed weekly and bathed as needed. Although the Otterhound’s coat is fairly low maintenance, the dog’s beard and paws are magnets for water, mud and other debris.
Like all dogs, the Otterhound also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Otterhound is happy and exuberant.
The Otterhound is a skilled scent hound capable of tracking prey on land and in water. The Otterhound can work all day and is an enthusiastic hunting companion.
At home, the Otterhound is even tempered and amiable. The Otterhound is devoted to their family and quite friendly with everyone they meet. They get along well with new people and other dogs. Otterhounds can make good playmates for older children, but are often too clumsy and boisterous for younger kids.
The Otterhound is not naturally obedient or responsive and training this breed requires plenty of patience. The Otterhound is smart, but prefers to do things in their own way and on their own time. They respond best to consistency and a firm, but gentle leader. Otterhounds are sensitive and should always be treated with kindness and given lots of positive reinforcement.
The Otterhound was bred to hunt and needs regular, vigorous exercise to channel their energy. On a daily basis, the Otterhound should have a long walk, swim or jog as well as time outside in a secure area to run around and play.