- SIZE: 8
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 4
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 5
- WATCHDOG: 6
- BREED: Otterhound
- COLOR(S):All colors.
The Otterhound\'s exact origin is not known, but some believe it originated in France. This rather old breed was developed by crossing the Bloodhound with rough-haired Terriers, Harriers, and Griffons. The Otterhound is a large scent hound. The body is slightly rectangular in shape. The large head is fairly narrow.
The Otterhound is fearless and animated. Devoted to their families and good with children. Friendly, loving and happy with a lot of spirit, they make good companions. They are a friend to all other dogs, family pets, children and people in general, however do to their hunting instincts they will chase non-canine animals. They can however get along with cats in the family. They are affectionate and intelligent.
To avoid matting, the Otterhound\'s weather-resistant coat should be combed or brushed at least weekly. It may need its beard washed more frequently. The coat is suppose to look natural and therefore should not be clipped. This breed is an average shedder.
Some lines are prone to hip dysplasia, thrombocytopenia, hemophilia and bloat. Do not overfeed for it will gain weight easily. A minor concern is elbow dysplasia.
The Otterhound needs a lot of daily exercise in a safe area or on a leash, and if possible, frequent swimming. They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. They have a tendency to forget everything in the chase after an interesting scent is discovered, so therefore they should only be allowed to run free off the leash where they can be controlled and kept safe. They should have a well fenced yard and make excellent jogging companions.
Because the Otterhound was never traditionally kept as a pet, it is not among the most responsive of breeds. Training the Otterhound takes patience. If the Otterhound senses the owners are weaker minded than themselves they will become quite willful, acting independent with a mind of their own as they will believe they need to run the home. The best results are achieved with a determined, consistent, loving hand. Use the classic "Iron fist in a velvet glove" approach when training this dog.