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    The Otterhound is a large strong dog that weighs between 66 and 115 pounds, with a height of approximately. 24 to 26 inches. They’re shaggy and come in a range of colours. Their strong jaws and large, muscular teeth lead to their deep chested, long bodies that have wide backs. Their hind quarters and back muscles are strong and well-muscled. History. The history. The Otterhound was initially bred to limit the number of otter in English rivers. Because they ate fish, the otters caused a lot of trouble. The Otterhounds were encouragées to pursue and kill predators by being led along the riverbanks. While the breed is today known as an Otterhound, it was originally introduced to England in the 18th century. But, its predecessors can be traced back as far back as 12th century. The breed first came to America in the 20th century and the first dog being spotted at a kennel show in Oklahoma in 1907. This is an endangered breed with a population of less than 1000 dogs around the world. Temperament. Temperament. While they were designed for hunting, the Otterhound is a social dog who is comfortable with other animals, so it is a good fit in a household which has pets of other species. Since the Otterhound is determined and intelligent It is crucial to make sure that you are able to clearly communicate your needs when you are training. If the Otterhound detects that the owner do not have complete control then the dog may feel as if it is the one in charge which makes any training extremely challenging. Otterhounds are also very strong swimmers, and they are able to swim for long periods of time with no rest. Due to their strength and endurance, the Otterhound requires lots of exercise and playtime. There are no health concerns. Health issues that are affecting the Otterhound are rare since they are generally healthy breed. But, they do suffer from hip dysplasia Bloat, and other issues that large pedigree dog breeds often face. There is a possibility of a genetic condition that could lead to fatal blood loss. When you purchase Otterhounds it is important that you choose a breeder who is reliable. They must be tested for DNA to make sure they’re not susceptible to this genetic condition. A general brush through about every two weeks, and a proper grooming about every 5 to 8 weeks. To remove any shed hairs you’ll need an appropriate grooming brush. While the Otterhound does not shed much, it is important to tidy up after grooming. It is important for all dogs, to keep the area underneath their rump well-groomed around their bottom; this will help reduce the unpleasant matting that occurs during toileting. Cut any loose or unruly hairs that are between their paws using scissors. Also, you can take care of their hair by tidying it up with thinning scissors. Finally, cut any unruly or straggly hairs with scissors.

    Otterhounds can be kept indoors or outdoors, in warmer or cooler regions. However, in colder climates they require living inside. They love the freedom to roam, and particularly like playing around. When housed indoors consideration should be given to the space provided for them, as they are known to snore. Time and patience are necessary in a variety of situations including when you are trying to teach your Otterhound puppy. Be consistent, firm, but calm, and praising positive behavior is essential during the process of training. There are two main methods to train your Otterhound puppy. Paper or crate training are options. Paper training teaches the puppy to not eat newspapers in a specific part of the home, such as a kitchen or laundry room floor that has tile or lineolum instead of carpet. Begin by covering a large part of the floor with paper and putting up a barrier to ensure that the Otterhound puppy is unable to move out of the area. In the next step, gradually decrease the size of the papered area as your puppy is taught to eliminate it. Crate training is quicker than training on paper, but will require more dedication from your side. Crate training is based upon the dog’s reluctance to waste in its sleeping spaces. You will need to restrain your puppy’s movements and keep her in the crate in case she’s not supervised. A common issue when house training an Otterhound is submissive urination , which occurs when the puppy gets stressed or anxious because of stress. Stress can be reduced by calming your dog after you get home and not shouting at him when disciplining. If your puppy is prone to urination and it’s very difficult to manage and raising your voice could cause more damage. Otterhound puppies are also known for destructive chewing especially out of boredom. It is important to exercise your puppy often to stop this from happening and be sure to supervise her and correct her when she is chewing on objects that are not appropriate. Giving her chew toys and rawhides can assist in stopping destructive chewing on your possessions. Your Otterhound puppy deserves your patience. She will obey you. And your reward will be a happy dog that is happy to be around you!

    The Otterhound is a dog that needs ample movement and is regarded as a good jogger. You must keep her under control since she can wander off in search of an odor. She is a pack animal and can be a good companion for other dogs. She may not be as happy with small pets and therefore, make sure that she’s socialized as an infant. She is a lover of children, but she can be a little clumsy and could cause trouble or even knock over toddlers. It is essential to keep children safe when playing with dogs or puppies. The average size of an adult Otterhound is between 23 and 27 inches at its highest point of the shoulder (or 65 to 120 lbs). The majority of dog breeds suffer from diseases that have been passed down from generation to generation. this breed, and the Otterhound id no exception. Although it is considered to be a very healthy dog, you should be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic looseness of the hip joint which can lead to lameness and arthritis), hemophilia and bloat (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, which is the second most deadly dog killer and can kill within an hour. The space is not enough for a complete explanation but you should read up on this). Food intake more than once per day and not exercising right after meals may help guard against bloat. This is a general rule. There is a chance that you are susceptible to other illnesses. Please consult your veterinarian for the complete list. The doctor should be visited often during the first year for shots, boosters and check up. As an adult, she should visit the doctor every year to get shots and a check-up. She should see the vet twice per year as she ages (6 years old). Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets. The Otterhound has double coats, which have a messed up, shaggy appearance. To gather more information on What is an Otterhound kindly
    continue reading. Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the Otterhound similarly as larger breeds. It is still a issue in this breed, and care must be taken to x-ray this dog before breeding. The possibility of gastric torsion , or Bloat could also be a problem. There is no method of knowing is this condition is genetically inherited, but it is believed that it is "familial". The Otterhound typically gets through the stage of puppyhood, which is expected to last at the least two years. The dog then settles and does not seem to be as awkward. The stubbornness he displays isn’t lost, but he is still a pack dog, and is inclined to be more interested in his own pursuits than the master’s. He’s a lively, enthusiastic dog that is both active and lively. But he’s smart and can be trained. He is in need of lots of exercise and of course needs an enclosure that is fenced. He is a lover of his family, but he is happy to be outside.

    Otterhounds are a big breed with a great personality and size. The Otterhound is somewhat of a clown, and loves to play rough with other dogs. Otterhounds were originally developed to serve as pack hounds. They are generally good with other dogs. They were bred to hunt otter hence their swimming instincts. Otters were once so plentiful in the British Isles that they endangered the fishing industry, and hunter would set their sights on the otters to stop this from becoming so great an issue. The Otter has been placed on the endangered species’ list. Hunting them is not permitted. Although the Otter remains an extremely popular pet, show dog, as well as a guardian dog, it is threatened. They are not really the breed to guard but their voice alone can sound like an alarm not to mention their large dimensions. The Otterhound’s Bay is a joy to listen to. It’s rich and melodious, while their bark is smooth and soft. The Otterhound is quite rough in its natural state. The coat is saggy and wet or coarse. His past history shows that there is a mix of Terrier as well as Hound in his genetic makeup and the coat has the traits of the Terrier kind of coat. The colors are mostly tans, and pepper and salt. The hairs on the outside are waterproof with a thick, subcoat that protects. It is a big breed measuring between 24 and 26 inches tall at the withers, with a large head and pendulous ears. Because he’s the terrier breed and sheds dirt, his coat and brambles easily , and also has bits of leaves and other debris. This dog is not one to be used by the housekeeper since it is a constant source of food and then drips them on the floor. He’s not usually known for his slobbering however he does produce a lot of saliva when he is smelling food. In addition, his hairy face can collect the water as the drink is consumed. If his face is not wiped immediately, the water will drip off his hairs as he makes his way through a room. Many owners will keep a towel near the water bowl or allow access to water only when they are outside.