A distinctive characteristic of the Otterhound is its massive head. The head is moderately long and has a vague stop. It has dark facial features. The ears are moderately long and hang down past the chin. The breed has a straight back with a tail that is both set and carried high. The neck is very muscular and slightly angles to the back. The legs are well balanced. The front legs are straight and the back legs are angular. The hocks are well muscled. The breed’s coat, which is distinctive, has two layers. The bottom layer is short and thick. The top layer of the coat is also thick, but tends to be more rough to the touch.


The Otterhound has a very pleasant demeanor. Most types are bred as working dogs and may require significant training to become sociable household pets. With socialization training, this breed generally gets along with everyone in its household. While it will do fine with children, it is not recommended that children that are very young be left alone with this breed. It gives and wants affection. If other pets, including dogs, exist in the home, the Otterhound should get along peacefully with these animals. It is an energetic breed that can offer a family fun, love, and loyalty.

Height and Weight

Male height: 27 inchesMale weight: 115 poundsFemale height: 24 inchesFemale weight: 80 pounds

Health Problems

The Otterhound is associated with some health problems. The most serious conditions that the breed may develop include hip dyplasia and gastric torsion. Some types may develop elbow dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Otterhound is more suitable for outdoor living conditions. The breed has a well-developed sense of smell and can easily become distracted. It is recommended that if the breed is kept outdoors that it is enclosed in a well-built fence.


Physical exercise should be a routine part of the Otterhound’s day. The breed has an incredibly high energy level and loves to expend its energy playing or performing any kind of high-energy activity.

Life Expectancy

The Otterhound has an average life expectancy of 10-13 years.

Litter Size

The Otterhound has an average litter size of 7-10 puppies.


Since the Otterhound typically spends most of its time outdoors, its coat can easily become untidy. On most occasions, brushing and washing its coat is all that is necessary. More maintenance is usually necessary when the coat sheds.


The Otterhound is an ancient breed of england.




The coat of the Otterhound may be any color.