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Group: Hounds (Group 4)
Club: Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)
Contact: Krystal Lewis
Phone: 0423 663 609

About the Otterhound


Background The Otterhound is an old British breed, with references dating back to the 12th century. They were used in large packs to hunt river otter. King John of England hunted otter with large, shaggy hounds, as did Queen Elizabeth I.

Average Lifespan 10 - 12 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Basically these are big friendly dogs, but with a mind of their own. Otterhound are affectionate, but don’t demand attention all the time. Training an Otterhound takes some patience, as they are stubborn.

Compatibility with other pets They are generally good with other dogs and with other animals if they are raised with them or introduced to them carefully. Many Otterhound owners also have cats and, contrary to what some sources may lead you to believe, they usually get along well. These hounds are quite willing to include most two and four legged members of the household in their notion of their "pack".

Care Requirements Though some Otterhound do have a fair amount of coat they do not shed a great deal. Expect to brush this dog on a weekly basis to keep the coat from matting. Otterhound have big hairy feet that are attracted to mud. They need and want a fair amount of exercise, particularly when young, so though you don’t need a huge yard, you do need a fenced area for them, and if it isn’t big you had better learn to love long walks or dog jogging. Otterhound are not good candidates for walking off leash. Like many scent hounds, the desire to follow a scent may overcome the desire to obey their owner, with potentially fatal consequences.

Ideal Owner/s Otterhound are good with children, but a young Otterhound is big and likely to be uncoordinated and may not be the best companion for a wobbly toddler or a frail elderly person. You need a sense of humour to live with an Otterhound, but you’ll be living with a dog that has a pronounced sense of humour of its own.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Otterhound and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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