This breed is a ?scent? hound and was used to track and kill the river otters that depleted the streams and rivers of their fish. Since otter became a protected species and the sport of otter hunting became banned, this breed has to be content with life in the world of show animals. Otterhounds are proving to be enjoyable companion pets.Typical hounds, this goofy character usually has a very happy-go-lucky attitude. Otterhounds are trainable but it can be time consuming, as they are quite stubborn. Still those who own one say it is well worth the effort as they prove to be loyal and very affectionate animals. One amazing ability that this ?web footed? breed of dog has is the ability to find a ?scent? even if it is covered by water.
Otterhounds have a double coat. The topcoat is moderately long, coarse in texture and quick drying. The undercoat is dense and wooly. Grooming requirements are moderate except for the ears, which require ongoing maintenance to prevent infections. Any color of Otterhound is acceptable, but they are generally grizzled, sandy, or black and tan.
This breed is good with children, but because of their size must be monitored when around very small children.
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