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Life expectancy

The Otterhound has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 26 and 30 in
Male Between 24 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 66 and 88 lb
Male Between 66 and 88 lb
Coat colour
Black White Brown Blue Red Sand
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the Otterhound

Otterhound: Origins and history

Otterhounds date back as far as the 13th century, when King John kept an entire pack for hunting. Edward II subsequently became the ‘Master of Otterhounds’ and Elizabeth I the ‘Lady Master of Otterhounds’. 

Otterhounds were particularly popular in 19th century Britain, but quickly decreased in number once the otter hunting ban was implemented in 1978. Now, they’re few and far between - there’s thought to be less than 1,000 left in the world!

FCI classification of the Otterhound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Otterhound

Thanks to the stubborn and independent traits, training the Otterhound can be tricky. 
Due to their large size and sheer power, dedicated training is absolutely necessary and may take time. Start young and keep sessions short, fun and enticing by including plenty of rewards and positive reinforcement. This breed is also a good candidate for clicker training.

Otterhound: Purchase price

The Otterhound is a rare occurrence these days, so it’s hard to know how much they’d cost in the current climate. You’ll be on a long waiting list to get one - be prepared to part with upwards of £700 for a well-bred puppy.

Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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