Breed Description +

The Otterhound is a unique scent hound because of his rough, double coat and substantial webbed feet. He uses these features to hunt on both land and water. With his large, strong body and inquisitive nose, the Otterhound is willing to work all day. The coat may be any color or combination of colors. The Otterhound’s temperament is amiable, boisterous and even-tempered.
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  • Observed Weight:

    58-118 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    66-115 lbs


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Average Height: 24 - 26 in


Beginning as far back as the 12th century, an explosion in the otter population - which negatively affected the size of the fish population - led to a need for skilled swimming "otter dogs" to help control the problem. In response the Otterhound with its webbed feet was developed. A result of mixing the French Vendeen Hound, the Welsh Harrier, the Southern Hound, the Bloodhound and a Water Spaniel, it is believed that Terriers, Griffons, and even the Bulldog may have also played a role in the creation of the Otterhound. In 1212, even King John of England kept a pack of Otterhounds for hunting. The Otterhound made its first appearance in the United States in 1900 and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1907. In 1937 a veterinarian undertook the first serious Otterhound breeding program in the U.S. because the Otterhound had become a protected breed because of its rarity. Over the years its numbers have increased, but it is still a relatively rare breed. Though otter hunting has never been a popular sport in the United States, the Otterhound has grown in popularity over the years.

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