Cheerful, brave, kind, and pleasant, the Otterhound is a magnificent family dog as well as a very capable hunting companion. They are a very intelligent breed, but they will not follow directions from someone whom they think they are smarter than. Otterhounds require a determined, stern hand when being trained, otherwise they may ignore your commands. Since they are a hunting breed, it is best not to leave them alone with smaller animals, although they can get along with cats if they grow up in a house with them. .