The Otterhound is a shaggy dog, wearing a rough double coat, beard and bushy eyebrows. The coat is comprised of a weather resistant topcoat and a woolly and oily undercoat designed to protect Otterhounds from cold water. Its coat can come in a variety of colours such as grizzle, sandy, red, white, wheaten, black & tan, blue & tan, black & cream, liver, tan & liver, and tan & white.
When it comes to its form, the Otterhound sports an imposing, dome-shaped and clean-cut head resembling that of the Bloodhound’s. It also has a square muzzle, a powerful jaw and deep flews. Nose and nostrils are both wide, while eyes are deep set and range in colour from hazel to black, complimenting the colour of its coat. Otterhounds have ears that are set low, reaching the tip of their nose. One of its unique features is the webbed feet that help the the breed in swimming.
Since the Otterhound has a shaggy coat, it is apparently high-maintenance in the grooming department. It is also an average shedder all throughout the year. Brush its coat once or twice a week to avoid tangles and mats. Some Otterhounds will require stripping at least twice a year to maintain its rough and crisp texture. Most owners hire professional groomers to assist them. On top of caring for the coat, additional dog grooming includes brushing the teeth, trimming the nails and cleaning the ears.