- Otterhounds can make great pets, if -
- - you have a sense of humor (and a fair
amount of patience).
- - you aren't obsessed with keeping your
- - you have a securely fenced yard.
- - you just love that hound voice (and so do
- - you are looking for a pet and watchdog -
but NOT a guard dog.
The Otterhound is an old British breed, with Bloodhound and French
Griffon ancestors in its background, and is in turn one of the
ancestors of the Airedale Terrier. There are fewer than 1000
Otterhounds world wide. This is a large, strong breed ranging in size
from 65 pounds and 24
inches at the shoulder for a small female to 125 pounds and 28 inches
for a large male. Otterhounds are affectionate but don't demand
attention all the time. They are generally quite willing to include
most two and four legged members of the household in their notion of
their "pack". While Otterhounds can be good with kids, a young
Otterhound is big and likely to be klutzy and may not be the best
companion for a wobbly toddler or a frail elderly person.