Otterhound

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 0in - 2ft 2in
Weight: 64-110lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years

Behavior

  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5

Care

  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5

Environment

  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Otterhound Information

OtterhoundThe Otterhound is a big, shaggy breed with keen intelligent. They differ from other hounds for their webbed feet and tough double coat. These allow him to hunt on both water and land. Like other hounds, he has a strong sense of smell and doesn’t wear out easily – the Otterhound can go strong for hours and hours!

This breed has a big personality. Boisterous, affectionate and cheerful, he loves being part of a family and is great with children and other dogs.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breeds stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Otterhounds be apartment dogs?

The Otterhound needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Otterhounds be left alone?

While Otterhounds prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Otterhounds good with kids?

Otterhounds can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Otterhounds friendly with strangers?

Otterhounds love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do Otterhounds get along with other dogs?

Although Otterhounds will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Otterhounds bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Otterhounds bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Otterhounds shed a lot?

Otterhounds shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Otterhounds need a lot of grooming?

Otterhounds don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Otterhounds need a lot of exercise?

A Otterhound will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Otterhounds easy to train?

Most Otterhounds are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Otterhounds handle cold weather?

Otterhounds do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Otterhounds handle hot weather?

Although Otterhounds can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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