Otterhound

KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The Otterhound came under threat with the banning of otter hunting in 1978, however enthusiasts of the breed have kept it going – often with the use of pack hounds.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

An outdoor-loving owner living in a rural area with plenty of space and possibly a lake.

Not the best for ...

Anyone wanting an easy-to-find puppy. In 2020, there were only 7 Otterhound puppies registered with the Kennel Club.

Aliases

None

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Spikey
If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

10 years

Good first dog?

No

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