Before taking on an Otterhound you must obtain as much information about the breed as possible.

The Otterhound Club is the best place to start and will give advice on the breed and details of breeders.

It is very important to meet and spend some time with Otterhounds as they are a large boisterous hound and certainly not for the faint hearted!

Otterhounds are ‘scent hounds’ and have been bred for their ability to use their nose to track. Therefore when exercising they are better kept on a flexi-lead unless you are in a securely fenced area. Being a rough-coated breed they should be groomed weekly, paying special attention to ears and beards. It is presumed they need masses of exercise, but as puppies the amount should be limited to prevent injuries to joints. As adults they enjoy long walks but once home happily turn back into couch potatoes.

There are only a small number of litters born each year and they are one of the recognised British Vulnerable Breeds. It is quite usual to have to wait for a puppy and I always invite prospective owners to visit several times. It shows me that someone is really keen, and gives them the opportunity to be sure the Otterhound is the breed for them.

As with most breeds Otterhounds have some health problems and a good breeder will take time to discuss these with you.

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: You should ask whether the sire and dam have been scored under the KC/BVA Scheme and what the results are.

Epilepsy: It is important to discuss the fitting status of sire, dam and all close relatives.  

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When you visit breeders  make sure the puppies have been well socialised and ensure you read and fully understand any contract before you sign it.

A reputable breeder will have no objections to explaining the terms and answering questions.

When collecting your puppy you should receive the Registration certificate, diet sheet, worming schedule and a Pedigree.

My puppies leave here with enough food for the first week and insured for 6 weeks. I strongly recommend you book a check up with your vet to discuss inoculations and the future flea/worming regime.  

Any breeder included on’ The Otterhound Club Breeders List’ agree to abide to the club’s Code of Ethics. A copy of this can be obtained from the secretary at

The Kennel Club also has a code of ethics for breeders and details of both this and their Accredited Breeder Scheme can be found at  

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