Otterhounds, a Guide to Royal yet Rugged Dogs Why King Love This Breed

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  • 1 Otterhounds are an impressive physical specimen, built to impress on land or in water.
  • 2 Otterhound dogs are scent hounds, capable of picking up any smell, and their webbed feet make them great swimmers.
  • 3 These dogs like to be challenged through work or exercise and require attention.


The origin of the Otterhound cannot exactly be pinpointed, but they are well known for their association with the British royal family as well as their unmatched ability in the hunting of otters. Possibly a cross between the Bloodhound and a rough-haired terrier (i.e., Griffon or Harrier), the Otterhound has such an acute sense of smell that they can track the scent of an otter that is over 12 hours old. Now considered a rare breed, the Otterhound fell out of fashion once the sea otter was nearly hunted into endangerment.

Quick Facts

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    10 - 12 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    24 - 26 inches (60 - 65 cm.)

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    Male Weight

    66 - 115 pounds (30 - 52 kg.)

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    Female Height

    24 - 26 inches (60 - 65 cm.)

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    Female Weight

    66 - 115 pounds (30 - 52 kg.)

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    Litter Size

    5 - 8 puppies, average 6 puppies


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. .


Otterhounds can be found in black, brown, tan, sable, wheaten with black markings, or grizzle.

Health Concerns

The average life expectancy of an Otterhound is 10 to 15 years. Otterhounds are easily susceptible to ailments like:


Being a water dog, the Otterhound has webbed feet and an oily, water resistant coat. Their coat is long, dense and straight, with a rough outer coat and a soft undercoat. They have a large nose with wide nostrils and low hanging ears. They stand roughly 25 inches high and weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 pounds.

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