The Otterhound comes in many different colours,
some like Black & Tan and Wheaten are most likely the best known, and the majority of times that you do actually get to see an Otterhound the colours you'll see are most likely those just mentioned.
However, there are colours that some, that have known the breed for many years may never have seen before.
On the following pages we would like to introduce some of the colours to you and hope to clear up any misunderstandings.
You can see a whole range of colours on the web site of the "Otterhound Club of America" by following the page to the Database, than colour by index.
You can also find the link to the "Otterhound Club of America" on our links page.

Extract from the breed standard of the FCI & UK Kennel Club, as well as pictures of the E-Book by Mr Peter Smith.


All recognised hound colours permissible;
whole coloured, grizzle, sandy, red, wheaten, blue; these may have slight white markings on head, chest, feet and tail tip. White hounds may have slight lemon, blue or badger pied markings. Black and tan, blue and tan, black and cream, occasional liver and tan and liver, tan and white.

Colours not permissible

Liver and white, white bodied hound with black and tan patches distinctly separate. Pigment should harmonise though not necessarily blend with coat colour; for example a tan hound may have a brown nose and eye rims. A slight butterfly nose permissible.

Disallowed colours:
(copyright Peter Smith) 

            Liver & White                        white body with
                                                           Black & Tan patches which
                                                               are distinctly seperated   
                                                        fom one another

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