Unusual Breeds – The Otterhound

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The loveable Otterhound is a big dog with a large head and long folded draped ears. His distinctive shaggy coat comes in a variety of colors, with the most common being a variation of the black and tan grizzle. The fact that the Otterhound was bred to hunt on both land and in water means that they also sport large webbed feet. As well as being very big (even small females weigh about 65 pounds, and large males can weigh 125 pounds) this dog is also physically strong so the breed is not ideal for the weak or the elderly.

Another characteristic of the Otterhound is the distinctive deep and loud bark of the hound which may be great when out hunting, but not so great for the local neighborhood, so teaching him the ‘quiet’ command would be advantageous to all!

Dog Breed Group



General: 2 feet to 2 feet, 3 inches tall at the shoulder


Circa 80 pounds

Life Span

10 to 12 years


The Otterhound is known as the ‘class clown,’ thanks to his affectionate, fun-loving and sweet personality. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this dog with his large size and impressive bark will make for a good guard dog, he is far too friendly for that. The Otterhound loves children, and although he is gentle with them, his sheer size makes his play naturally a little boisterous for younger children. Like most dogs, the Otterhound loves exercise, but we’re not talking a quick run around the block – this dog needs serious physical stimulation such as a vigorous daily workout of jogging or swimming for several miles. They have been known to jump fences as high as five feet, so be sure to secure your garden with a fence at least six feet tall, or he may take himself for a walk!