Before making the decision to bring an Otterhound into your family, ask yourself the following questions:
Can you provide a securely fenced area? Otterhounds are scent hounds. They tend to follow their noses and might wander away when left unsupervised.
Is this acceptable to you? Otterhounds are big shaggy dogs with a friendly, easy going personality which makes them poor guard dogs.
Do you have time to ensure he/she has a consistent exercise routine? Otterhounds require regular exercise. Daily walks will keep their curiosity satisfied and energy drained.
Is it acceptable to your living standards? Otterhounds have beards and long, hairy ears that get into water and food. Some Otterhounds like to drink from the bottom of the bowl. Others like to dunk their noses in a water bucket and blow bubbles. A towel might become your best friend.
Can you and your neighbors live with their songs? Otterhounds have beautiful voices and some of them like to use it when a stranger is outside or simply to express themselves.
6. Do you have the time and patience to groom them weekly to keep their coat clean and free of matting? Otterhounds have course coats, long ears and beards that need regular brushing.
7. Are you going to make them part of your life and include them in your daily activities? Otterhound puppies mature slowly and benefit from early socialization.
8. Are you and your family ready to make a long-term commitment to your new canine companion? On average, Otterhounds live between 10-12 years.
If you have answered "yes" to the above questions, then an Otterhound may be the right dog for you!