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Origin: Netherlands

AKC Group: Hound

Height: 22 - 27 inches (Male)

Weight: 65 - 115 pounds (Male)

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Otterhounds are lovable and easygoing. They need lots of exercise, and become destructive if left alone. They like children, but they're too clumsy for toddlers. Otterhounds are sometimes aggressive with strange dogs and small pets. They're stubborn and hard to housebreak. Otterhounds have webbed feet.

Otterhounds are part of the Hound group. Because they're great at sniffing and exploring, hounds were originally used to trail rabbits, foxes and other small mammals. Most hounds are good-natured dogs that make loving companions if trained properly. Hounds are sometimes stubborn, though, so training may take a while.

Most hounds need rigorous physical exercise, so daily walks and runs are a must. Never let a hound off a leash unless it's in an enclosed area, because it will take off if it picks up a scent. Hounds are barkers and howlers, and they're sometimes hard to housebreak.

Male height: 
22 - 27 inches
Male weight: 
65 - 115 pounds
3 - 6 inches long, shaggy with a wooly undercoat. Needs frequent brushings.
Blue and white, sandy, gray, black and tan, as well as other colors. Eyes and nose are black or brown.
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