At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 65 - 115 lbs.

Height: 23" - 27"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

Otter Hound

Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound

Origin: France

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: Otter Hounds have a dense, coarse coat that requires daily grooming.


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