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Size: Large

Weight: 80 - 115 lbs.

Height: 24" - 27"

Life Span: 10 - 13 years

Health Problems: Hip or elbow dysplasia; bloat; ear issues; canine thrombocytopathy and possible epilepsy and seizures.

Origin: England

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound Group, Scent Hound

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Otterhound prefers the outdoors and needs plenty of exercise. These dogs enjoy swimming, romps in the yard and long walks on a leash. Capable of jumping fences as high as 5 feet. Obedience, tracking and agility training can provide both physical and mental exercise.

Grooming Needs

Otterhounds have a dense, coarse coat that requires brushing every week. Their beard may need to be checked and cleaned each week as it may collect food, treats or other items they come across over time. Trim nails every 1-2 weeks.


The Otterhound is a sweet-natured, vocal and sociable dog. This breed tends to get along well with humans and other dogs. Although Otterhounds have the tendency to be stubborn and independent, they are very sensitive dogs. Use positive reinforcement, including both treats and praise, to help make training more effective and encourage good behaviors.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


It’s believed that Otterhounds date back to medieval England where they were bred to hunt otters that were depleting the fish from local streams. The Otterhound Club of America estimates that the Otterhounds that we know today most likely evolved from a cross of breeds back in the 1700 and 1800s. The Otterhound was first shown in England in 1861 and came to the US around 1903. The AKC officially recognized the breed in 1909. Bred to be keen-nosed hunters, Otterhounds have a rough coat that resists water, webbed feet for swimming and a melodious voice for baying.

Pet Facts

The Otterhound has a range of colors: Black, Black & Tan, Gray, Liver & Tan, Tan, Wheaton, and Blue & Cream. Otterhounds are declining in population and are considered a UK dog breed that is at risk of extinction by the Kennel Club and are listed as a Vulnerable Native Breed with around 600 animals worldwide (2018). Their keen sense of smell makes them very curious and persistent in following smells, which may require additional supervision to keep them safe. Otterhounds are very smart and can learn to open gates, cabinets and refrigerator doors.

Dog Food for Your Otterhound

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

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

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.