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Otter Hound

Size: Large

Weight: 65 - 115 lbs.

Height: 23" - 27"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

Health Problems: Not suited for city / apartment dwellers. Breed-related health problems: hip or elbow dysplasia; bloat; canine thrombocytopathy.

Origin: France

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Otter Hound prefers the outdoors and needs plenty of exercise. These dogs enjoy swimming, romps in the yard and long walks on a leash.

Grooming Needs

Otter Hounds have a dense, coarse coat that requires daily grooming.


The Otter Hound is a sweet-natured, vocal and sociable dog. This breed tends to get along well with humans and other pets. However, it may chase stray cats and other small animals. Otter Hounds have a stubborn, independent streak and may be somewhat difficult to train.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


Although the exact origination of the Otter Hound is unknown, it is believed to have developed in the 1200s in France where it was bred to hunt otters that were depleting fish from the local streams. Despite being an ancient breed, it is relatively unpopular and is nearly extinct.

Pet Facts

The Otter Hound comes in a variety of colors: sandy, blue and white, gray, and black and tan.

Dog Food for Your Otter Hound

Large Breed Puppy 30 Pound Bag

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large breed adult dog food

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced fat formula dog food

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

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