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The Otterhound is a large, rough-coated hound with an imposing head showing great strength and dignity, and the strong body and long striding action fit for a long day's work. It has an extremely sensitive nose, and is inquisitive and perseverant in investigating scents. The Otterhound hunts its quarry on land and water and requires a combination of characteristics unique among hounds--most notably a rough, double coat; and substantial webbed feet. Otterhounds should not be penalized for being shown in working condition (lean, well muscled, with a naturally stripped coat). Any departure from the following points should be considered a fault; its seriousness should be regarded in exact proportion to its degree.
Any color or combination of colors is acceptable.
The Otterhound is amiable, boisterous and even-tempered.
The Otterhound requires a good amount of daily exercise, either on a walk or for a run in the yard or park. They have webbed feet so they are excellent swimmers. The Otterhound is becoming an endangered breed as there are only a few hundred in the US, and possibly 1,000 worldwide.