Coat: Long, rough and waterproof, the undercoat has a slight oily texture. Comb and brush the coat once a week, paying particular attention to the beard, ears, under elbows, tail and hind legs to prevent any matts forming.

Ears: Check ears once a week for dirt and wax. Your dog’s ears should be pink and healthy inside and free from odour. If not, don’t do anything to them until you see a vet. Keeping your dogs’ ears clean minimizes odour, removes dirt, bacteria and mites trapped in the wax. Never use a cotton swab on the inner ear.

Teeth: Check teeth and gums regularly, refer to your vet if you have any concerns.

Feet and Nails: Check regularly, the hair between the toes and pads can attract foreign bodies or knots which should be removed when grooming. Nails usually wear naturally but can be trimmed if necessary, not forgetting any dewclaws.

Bathing: Only do as needed. Otterhounds do not need regular bathing. The oils in their coats moisturize their skin and make their coat water-repellent. Bathing strips these oils and changes the texture and properties of the coat. If it becomes a necessity, use a shampoo that won’t dry it and is made specially for a harsh coat.