Though the days of otter hunting are over (thankfully!), the Otterhound still retains the qualities that enabled him to excel in his field: size, strength, superior nose, endurance, webbed toes, and harsh weather-proof coat. Their origin is a bit murky but they are believed to have been developed in France and that they first made their appearance in America around 1900. They are friendly and good-natured but rather independent so patient and consistent training will yield the best results. They make a good pet for an active family but their large size may be a bit much for small children and the elderly. They do fine with occasional brushing and bathing but their large, hairy feet may require extra attention to keep them clean. A hound at heart, they can be rather boisterous and should stay on a leash or in a fenced yard so their nose and curiosity doesn’t lead them into danger.