Otter Dogges (England - 1100s)

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Hunting otters with Otterhounds became popular with fishermen in the year 1360 due to otters stealing their fish. They were bred to have the characteristics of a Collie (intelligence), Beagle (patience) Foxhound (stamina), Retriever (wisdom), Pointer (nose), Newfoundland (strength in the water), and Bulldog (courage). These dogs are large, weighing up to 115 pounds and standing about two and a half feet tall, with long, waterproof hair, a large nose for scenting, and strong legs for swimming. 

Common Traits

Eye Color: Brown, Hazel

Coat Color: Black, Brown,  Cream, Blue, Gray, White, or Fawn

Length: Medium-Long

Coat Density: Dense to Normal

Coat Texture: Wiry

Average Size

Height: 24-26 in.

Weight: 70-90 lbs.


Training your Otterhound can be difficult because they are large and strong and tend to be stubborn. You have to show them that you are more stubborn than they are and things should work better after that. Socializing your dog is essential so they will get along with other pets and people. Otherwise, they may see cats and other small animals as prey! They are smart dogs, which is a great feature, however, they will learn how to open gates, crates, doors, and cabinets, so you may have to “baby-proof" your home. If they get bored, Otterhounds tend to bark at nothing and chew on EVERYTHING, so it's best not to leave them on their own for extended periods. Overall, the Ottterhounds are laid back, devoted, and friendly dogs with a gentle nature that will make an excellent family pet with the right socialization and obedience training.

Activity Needs

Activity Level: Medium

Weekly Walk Mileage: 7 (minimum)

Activity Per Day: 45 Minutes (minimum)


Maintenance Tools: Slicker brush, comb, hair clippers, nail clippers

Brushing Frequency: Weekly