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Otterhound

Otterhounds are gentle, even-tempered dogs that are becoming ever rarer, even in their native country, where they are registered as a vulnerable native breed.

About the Otterhound

These big dogs are solidly built, with a majestic head and straight legs, producing a supple, long-stride gait. Given their primary function, their large feet and rough double coat are essential characteristics of the breed.

These friendly, affectionate and energetic hunting dogs make great companions for people who lead active lives, and are known to utilise a wide range of vocalisations.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
United Kingdom
Group
FCI Group 6, AKC Hound Group
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
10–13 years

Friendly / Even-tempered / Confident

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Makes a great family dog

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