Otterhounds are big, shaggy, intelligent dogs with a great sense of humor and a friendly personality. These hounds are happy to include any two-legged and four-legged members of the household into their ‘pack’. They get along well with children, other dogs, and pets. They are affectionate but don’t demand constant attention and are very good at entertaining themselves. As a large dog with an impressively deep voice, an Otterhound can make a good watchdog, but their friendly nature makes them poor guard dogs. This breed is slow to mature both physically and mentally and benefits from early socialization. If you bring an Otterhound into your home, make them part of your life and include them in your daily activities. Otterhounds are versatile and adaptable to all environments. They excel in tracking and any activity that involves their extraordinary sense of smell. Otterhounds have been trained as search and rescue and therapy dogs. They enjoy conformation, agility, rally, and obedience.
Did You Know?
The Otterhound is a large breed of dog developed in England to hunt otter. The hunting of otters was practiced because they were preying on the fish in the rivers and streams. Otterhounds were used in packs to protect fishponds and control the otter population.
The Otterhound has a sense of smell so acute that it could smell an otter that passed through the water the night before.
Otterhounds made their appearance in the United States in the year 1903 and the first Otterhound exhibited in America were shown in Claremont, New Hampshire in 1907.
The Otterhound was one of the foundation breeds for an Airedale Terrier
The Otterhound is more rare than the Giant Panda and is considered one of the most endangered dog breeds in the world.
There are fewer than 800 Otterhounds worldwide with the largest numbers in the UK and the US, and smaller populations in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan||018|
|Blue & Cream||273|
|Liver & Tan||124|
|White Black & Tan||219|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Tan Markings||039|
|White & Tan Markings||062|