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An otterhound or otter hound is a type of dog.

Appearance[change | change source]

Two otterhounds stand in a grassy field.

Otterhounds are large hounds with wide heads and strong bodies. Otterhounds have strong noses. They usually live about 10-13 years, and they weigh 80-115 pounds depending on whether they are male or female. They are usually 24 to 27 inches tall.[1]

Activities[change | change source]

Otterhounds companion dogs, so they make good family dogs.[1] Otterhounds are also good hunting dogs on land and water. Otterhounds love to swim and can do obedience trials.

Care[change | change source]

Otterhounds have a thick double coat that pushes away water, so they are easy to groom and clean. Otter hounds eat 3 to 4 1/2 cups of dry dog food per day.

Costs[change | change source]

Otterhounds cost about $1500 to $3000 in the United States. They need grooming and supplies.

History[change | change source]

Otterhounds come from the United Kingdom, specifically in England. Otterhounds worked in packs to hunt otters and protect fishponds. [1] In 1978, otter hunting became illegal and the otterhounds had no job. They became pets.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Otterhound Dog Breed Information". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 2020-11-05.