The Otterhound is a breed of dog that originated in England. It is a large breed, standing between 22 and 27 inches tall and weighing between 60 and 120 pounds.
They are known for their strong swimming ability and were originally bred for hunting otters in the rivers and streams of England. Otterhounds have a distinctive, rough double coat that helps them stay warm and dry when swimming.
They are friendly and playful dogs but can be stubborn and independent at times.
They require a lot of exercises and mental stimulation, making them a good fit for active families or individuals who enjoy outdoor activities.
Due to their high energy levels, Otterhounds are not typically recommended for apartment living.
Average Cost of Owning an Otterhound in the First Year
When you first purchase an Otterhound you should take them to the vet for an initial check-up, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, and deworming treatment. The cost of this visit will vary slightly depending on which state you live in.
However, on average you should expect to spend around $400 for this visit and the necessary treatments for your Otterhound.
You should also discuss with your vet the possibility of a spay or neuter procedure. If you do not want to breed from your Otterhound then we recommend that you consider spaying or neutering your pet.
The average cost of a spay or neuter procedure for an Otterhound is around $400 but can be a little more if your pet faces any complications or needs to stay at your vet’s for a longer time.
You will also need to microchip your Otterhound. The cost of microchipping an Otterhound and registering the chip to your details is usually about $80 and does not tend to vary that much.
Dog food is another larger cost that you will face in the first year of owning your Otterhound. On average, you can expect to spend around $500 on dog food for your Otterhound in the first year of life. This price is calculated based on feeding your Otterhound an average-priced dog food at the suggested serving size for the breed.
Depending on what you already own, you might need to purchase extra accessories, treats, and toys for your Otterhound. The average cost of these additional accessories is around $100 for your Otterhound but can be a lot more if you choose to purchase more things or designer items.
This brings our average cost of owning an Otterhound in the first year to around $1,480. This cost does not factor in any pet insurance, emergency vet bills, or additional services like dental treatments, dog walking, or dog training.
Average Annual Cost of Owning an Otterhound
The first cost you will need to budget for when owning an Otterhound is a yearly vet checkup with vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, and a dewormer. On average you will pay around $350 for this vet appointment, the vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, and dewormer for your Otterhound.
You hopefully will not need to attend the vet office again if your Otterhound is fit and healthy.
You will need to choose a dog food for your Otterhound. There are many different kinds and brands of dog food to suit all dogs and price ranges but on average, you can expect to pay around $400 for dog food for your Otterhound.
This price is based on serving the suggested amount of average quality dog food for an Otterhound.
Treats and toys are another cost you might consider when owning an Otterhound. This total will vary a lot depending on which treats and toys you choose to purchase for your Otterhound. The average amount spent on treats and toys for an Otterhound per year is around $100.
If you and your Otterhound enjoy venturing out into local dog parks then you will need to appropriately dispose of your dog’s waste. This means purchasing dog poop bags. On average, you will spend around $80 per year on dog poop bags for your Otterhound.
This brings the average annual cost of owning an Otterhound to around $930. This average total does not factor in any additional services such as dog grooming, dog walking, or trips to any recreational doggy activities.
Average Lifetime Cost of Owning an Otterhound
The average lifespan of an Otterhound is between 10 and 13 years. This means your total lifetime cost of owning an Otterhound will be between $9,859 and $12,640.
Otterhound Puppy Price
The price of an Otterhound puppy can vary depending on several factors such as the breeder’s location, the puppy’s pedigree, and supply and demand in your area.
On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $800 to $2000 for an Otterhound puppy from a reputable breeder.
Keep in mind that this is just an estimate and the actual cost may be higher or lower depending on the factors mentioned above. It is important to only purchase from a reputable breeder and not support puppy mills or unethical breeding practices.
For $800 you should be able to purchase a happy and healthy Otterhound puppy!