Otterhounds were used to hunt river otter in the late 18th century as a way to keep overpopulated otters from destroying much needed food sources. Queen Elizabeth I was the first "Lady Master of Otterhounds". Currently, there are less than 1000 Otterhounds worldwide with approximately 350 Otterhounds living in the US and Canada.
Though some Otterhounds do have a fair amount of coat, most do not shed a great deal. With an "average" Otterhound, expect to brush the coat on a weekly basis to keep the coat from matting. If breeding is not desired, it is suggested that spaying or neutering be delayed until after the bones have the opportunity to fully mature (around 18-24 months). If breeding is anticipated, it is suggested to wait until fully mature—after age 3—to ensure optimal health of the Otterhound has been established.