otterhoundWe always love getting emails from our customers & readers asking us to feature their dog or favorite breed for our Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed blog series every Thursday. As always we are honored to oblige.  Thanks all! We are excited to spotlight the Otterhound!

Height: Male 27 inches tall, Female 24 inches tall

Weight: Male 115 lbs, Female 80 lbs

Coat: “Shabby chic” is a good way to describe the coat of the Otterhound. The weather-resistant double coat is made up of a rough, thick top coat that is anywhere from two to six inches in length, and a wooly, oily undercoat. The coat is designed to protect the dog from cold water.

Color: The most common coat colors are black and tan and grizzle.

Appearance: The Otterhound is a shaggy, rough-coated hound who sports a shaggy beard and bushy eyebrows. The head is similar in shape to a Bloodhound, measuring 11 to 12 inches from the end of the nose to the occiput for a 26 inch tall dog, and similarly proportioned for other sized dogs. The muzzle is square, the jaw powerful and the flews deep. The nose should be large and is black or liver in color, depending on the color of the coat. The eyes are deep set and range in color from black to hazel, always complimenting the coat coloring. The ears are set low and should reach the tip of the nose when pulled forward. The tail is high set, long, and tapered, reaching at least to the hock. Webbed feet assist in swimming. The most common colors are black and tan and grizzle.

Temperament: Otterhounds are big, shaggy dogs who love to run and swim, but don’t like being told what to do. They are friendly and easy going, happy to greet newcomers with a wag of a their tail. Otterhounds are independent animals, however, who don’t like being told what to do or when to do it. Their easy-going nature makes this trait easy to overlook, as it’s not likely you’ll ask him to do too many things he doesn’t want to, other than say, come in from playing outside. Otterhound are best served by experienced dog owners who love the outdoors.

The Otterhound is a great family pet who is enthusiastic, gentle and fun loving. It may not realize its size at times and can be clumsy, so despite the dog’s great love for children, it should be supervised while playing with them. Although affectionate and intelligent, they can be hard to train, so a firm, loving and patient hand is essential. The Otterhound is exceptionally friendly toward other dogs as well as people, making it a constant people pleaser but a lousy guard dog. The breed enjoys baying occasionally but does not bark excessively, and most people would describe the dog as a generally laid back and amiable companion.

Health: The average life span of the Otterhound is 11 to 13 years. Otterhounds are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Otterhounds will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed. Prone to Gastric dilatation-volvulus (aka bloat), Hip Dysplasia, Canine Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia (CIT) an immune systems disorder.

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