Otterhound

Hound Group

Otterhound dog putting its paws up on fence in front of a grassy field

Height at Shoulders

Females ~24 in, Males ~27 in

Weight

Females ~80 lbs, Males ~115 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-13 yrs

History

The Otterhound originated in medieval England in response to otters becoming an ever-increasing threat to the fish populations. They were also kept by noblemen for the sport of otter hunting, which was less popular than fox hunting during the time. In the late 1900's, river otters were placed on the protected species list and otter hunting was brought to a halt. Today, the Otterhound is an extremely rare breed, with less than 600 existing in the entire world.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Otterhounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★☆☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★☆☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Have webbed feet

Boisterous, goofy, and fun-loving

Once they start following a scent trail, it's hard to call them off

Sweet and affectionate but don't demand a lot of attention

Like to be vocal and make a deep, loud bay and lots of other grunts and noises