The Otter Hunter
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The Scoop on Feeding and Care of the OtterhoundOtterhound
Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
The Otterhound is a rough, tough dog that looks like a
combination of terrier and hound, with webbed feet.
His coat is thick, curly, and oily, which is perfect
for the swimming that he loves.
A professional alternative food is as important as
daily exercise. (See my recommendation below)
The Best Dog Food for Otterhounds
With the dense outer coat and water resistant
undercoat, brewers yeast and garlic is a must for
a healthy coat and fewer fleas.
Since excessively oily skin can be a problem,
vitamin E or a combination antioxidant with E
may be required.
Treats for Otterhounds
Plan on going Otter hunting? Then take the Otterhound
The Otterhound is an affectionate, animated, intelligent and
fearless dog that is very devoted to its family. They are
friendly, happy and loving with a lot of spirit and make
great companions and are good with children. They are
generally friendly with other dogs, family pets and people
in general. But, they do have very powerful hunting
instincts so they will chase any non-canine animal unless
taught not to do so.
They can get along fine with the family cat, though,
especially if raised with it. Traditionally this breed is
not kept as a pet but as a working dog, therefore it isn't
very responsive to training.
Dog training the Otterhound takes
lot of patience and more traditional training methods are
The Otterhound has a boisterous, harmonious, powerful voice
that carries for very long distances. They like to bay but
they do not bark overly much. They are great swimmers and
can swim in cold water for a long time without rest. When
seeking their prey they will even dive under water. They
have been used successfully to hunt bear, mink and raccoon,
as well as otters. They have a wonderful sense of smell and
are suited ideally for drag-hunting or searching.
The Otterhound has been known to reach a height between
twenty-four and twenty-six inches and weigh between sixty-
six and one hundred and fifteen pounds. These measurements
are based on healthy averages for this breed. They have a
life expectancy of between ten and twelve years.
Some lines of the Otterhound are susceptible to
hemophilia, hip dysplasia and thrombocytopenia. Be sure not
to overfeed your Otterhound as they have a tendency to gain
weight. There is some minor concern over elbow dysplasia as
These dogs are not recommended for apartment living. They
are fairly inactive indoors if given enough exercise,
though. They do best with a well fenced large yard at least.
They can sleep outdoors in cool climates or temperate
climates if they have good shelter.
These dogs love to swim and do best when they can frolic off
the leash in a well fenced area. They need to be taken on a
long daily walk or jog to take care of their physical and
psychological needs. Be sure to use proper
dog lead etiquette
with this dog. These dogs should never be let off the leash
unless they are in an enclosed area as they have a tendency
to catch a scent and then follow it to all exclusion.
The Otterhound has a weather resistant coat that should be
brushed or combed weekly to avoid matting. Washing of the
beard frequently may be needed after eating. Clipping of the
coat shouldn't be done as this dog is supposed to look
natural. Otterhounds are average shedders.
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