Otterhound Breed Maintenance
Grooming your Otterhound should include a gentle brushing with a soft bristle brush once a week. The outer coat is harder so that you do not have to worry too much about mats, but the undercoat can get matted and tangled if you do not brush or comb your Otterhound at least once weekly. Pay particular attention to the underside, legs, underarms, and head. This will help prevent matting and shedding. While grooming, you should check for abnormal skin lesions or swellings as well as for ear infections. With their pendulous ears, they tend to get warm and moist, which is a good breeding ground for bacteria. Clean them once a week with ear cleaning solution. Your veterinarian can show you the proper technique for this procedure if you are not sure. During the grooming session, you should also check your dog’s eyes and trim their nails. You can use a toenail clipper specially made for dogs or a nail grinder for dogs. If you are not sure about it, you can have a groomer or your veterinarian do it for you. However, it is good to learn how to do it yourself.