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Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais" Compare Otterhound and Griffon Nivernais. Which is better: Otterhound or Griffon Nivernais?
Name Otterhound Griffon Nivernais
OriginsEngland France
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank186432
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Other Names Otter Dog Nivernais Griffon, Chien de Pays, Griffon Nivernais
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1909 as a Hound breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $500-$600 $600-$800

General Appearance - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Size Large Medium
Weight 66-115 pounds (30-52 kg) 44-55 pounds (20-25 kg)
Avg. Weight 90.5 pounds (41 kg) 49.5 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height 24-26 inches (60-65 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)
Avg. Height 25 inches (62.5 cm) Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Coat Rough
Waterproof
Hard
Rough
Colors Blue
Cream
Wheaten
Tan
Black
Grizzle
Grey
Agouti
Sable
Fawn
Wolf grey
Grey blue
Grooming
Advanced: The Otterhound requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Griffon Nivernais requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Otterhounds shed above average.
Griffon Nivernaiss shed above average.

Characteristics - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Temperament Amiable
Outright
Tempered
Boisterous
Alert
Bold
Happy
Social
Intelligent Rank
Average: Otterhound's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Griffon Nivernais's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Otterhounds are easy to train.
Griffon Nivernaiss are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Otterhound is a highly playful breed.
The Griffon Nivernais is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Otterhounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Otterhounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Griffon Nivernaiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Otterhounds need for social interaction is average.
Griffon Nivernaiss need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Otterhound barks occasionally.
High: The Griffon Nivernais is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Otterhounds are not the best watchdogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Otterhounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Griffon Nivernaiss strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Otterhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Griffon Nivernais has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Otterhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Griffon Nivernaiss have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Otterhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Griffon Nivernaiss have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Otterhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Griffon Nivernaiss have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Otterhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Otterhounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Griffon Nivernaiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Griffon Nivernaiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Stranger Friendly
Otterhounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Otterhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Otterhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Griffon Nivernaiss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Otterhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Otterhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Griffon Nivernais is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Otterhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Griffon Nivernaiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Otterhounds are generally with other pets.
Griffon Nivernaiss usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Otterhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Griffon Nivernaiss are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Otterhound breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Griffon Nivernais breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Health Issues
Otterhounds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Griffon Nivernaiss are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Epilepsy
Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia
Joint Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Joint Dysplasia
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Otterhounds are high energy dogs.
Griffon Nivernaiss have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Otterhounds need a lot of exercises.
Griffon Nivernaiss need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Otterhounds don't need too much sleep.
Griffon Nivernaiss are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Otterhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Otterhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Griffon Nivernais has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Otterhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Griffon Nivernais is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Otterhound vs Griffon Nivernais

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-7 puppies 4-8 puppies

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