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Otterhounds are large and impressive looking dogs that have a rather rugged appearance. They were originally bred for hunting, but over time they have become popular as companion dogs as well as family dogs, especially for people who lead active outdoor lives and live in the countryside. Otterhounds are quite energetic characters and they love nothing more than being busy in the great outdoors. Since they can shed quite a bit and leave muddy paw prints around the house, they are therefore not the best choice for anyone who is remotely proud of their house. Sadly, Otterhounds are one of the rarest of our native breeds, with very few puppies being registered with the Kennel Club each year and as a result they are on the endangered native breeds list.
Read our Otterhound Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.