The Otterhound’s rough, shaggy coat is around 4-8cm long and feels oily to the touch. They should be waterproof; however, this simply means they do not get wet to the skin and cold when working in water. They will retain a lot of moisture when wet and happily bring it inside your home.
They should not be bathed often as this removes the oil from the coat, but will need brushing through several times a week.
Pay particular attention to the flews (lips, corners of the mouth) as food and drool can gather here causing sores and unpleasant smells. Ears should be kept clean both inside and out, and check between the pads daily as their large hairy feet can develop mats and pick-up thorns or other foreign bodies easily.