Interesting facts about the Plott Hound breed
The Plott Hound is an energetic, big-game (mountain lions, bears and boars) hunting dog, and is one of seven breeds of registered coonhounds. The Plott Hound is a medium-sized, well-muscled dog; courageous and hardy, with superior hunting instincts. Today, Plott Hounds are human companions; fearless and very protective of their family and property. They are loyal to their people.
The Plott Hound history
The Plott Hound originated in Germany. In 1750, 16-year-old Johannes George Plott emigrated from Germany to America. He carried his five Hanoverian Hounds with him and settled in the Smoky Mountains of Bute County, North Carolina. These five dogs he started breeding with other breeds, creating a breed that excels in tracking and hunting big predators. Plott Hounds were also used to protect the home and drive livestock. First time the Plott Hound breed was recognized was in 1946, by the United Kennel Club. This was also the year the breed was officially named the Plott Hound. The Plott Hound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2006.
The Plott Hound characteristics
Male Plott Hounds are weigh 50-60 pounds and female ones weigh approximately 40-55 pounds. Male Plott Hounds are 20-25 inches high at the shoulder. Female Plott Hounds are slightly smaller, reaching 20-23 inches at the shoulder.
The Plott Hound coat
The Plott Hound’s coat is short, smooth, thick and easy to care for. The coat requires minimal care. Weekly brushings with a rubber curry brush will be enough to get rid of dead hair and keep the coat healthy. A few Plott Hounds have a double coat and they shed more heavily. These Plott Hounds need to be brushed at least two or three times a week. The Plott Hound’s coat comes in any shade of brindle; black with brindle trim, solid black, or buckskin, an unusual coloration that can be red fawn, sandy red, light cream, yellow ochre, dark fawn or golden tan. The coat can also be solid black and have a saddle pattern on the back or other markings. There might be a little bit of white on the chest and feet of the dog.
The Plott Hound care
As said before, the Plott Hound’s coat is easy to maintain. However, there are other things you should take care of. The Plott Hounds are known to sometimes have an unpleasant odor. Occasional baths should help keep them from having a doggy odor.
The nails should be trimmed regularly (if the dog doesn't wear them down naturally). Brush your Plott Hound’s teeth to remove tarta buildup and prevent gum disease and bad breath.
The Plott Hound ear problems
Because the Plott Hound’s medium length floppy ears can block air circulation, they must be checked and cleaned weekly. This is essential to prevent ear infections this breed is prone to. Uses a cotton ball moistened with a cleaning solution and gently clean the dog’s ears. You should check the ears weekly to make sure they are free of wax and debris that cause ear infections.
The Plott Hound exercise needs
The Plott Hound is an active, athletic, and energetic dog that needs a lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation. This dog should have a chance to run free, but, because of his hunting history, he should always be kept in a fenced area when off-leash. The Plott Hounds tend to wander away, following some smell and has no road sense. The Plott Hound also tend to chase other animals so never trust him off-leash.
The Plott Hound is an excellent choice for people with active lifestyles, for joggers, hikers and especially hunters.
The Plott Hound training
The Plott Hound is a big, powerful dog, so training him needs to start as early as possible. These dogs are extremely intelligent, but can be pretty stubborn and independent (typical hound traits). Because of this training them takes time, patience and persistence. Because they have a dominant streak, they need a firm leader who can offer calm, consistent training. The Plott Hound is not recommended for inexperienced or timid owners. The Plott Hound reacts to positive reinforcement, especially to tasty treats.
The Plott Hound should be socialized to prevent any aggression problems. Socialization with other people, pets, and situations is a must.
The Plott Hound behavior
Plott Hounds go along well with other pets, if they are brought up with them. Sometimes there may be tensions between a Plott Hound and a dog of the same sex.
The Plott Hound and cats
The Plott Hound can get along just fine with a cat, if they raised with them.
The Plott Hound diet
The Plott Hound should be eating a high-quality commercial dog food or complete and balanced, home-prepared diet. These dogs love to eat and are prone to obesity so feed them measured meals.
FUN FACT: Plott Hounds are very possessive of their food dishes and will not hesitate to attack other animals trying to eat their food.
The Plott Hound health issues
The Plott Hound has an average lifespan of 12-14 years and, although generally healthy, are prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions. The Plott Hound is prone to bloat, hip dysplasia, and musculoskeletal conditions such as mucopolysaccharidosis.
The Plott Hound bark
Plott Hounds can be really loud, especially if they are bored or have seen an animal they would like to chase. They are known to have a loud, ringing bark. Through the centuries, when Plott Hounds were primarily tracking and hunting dogs, this bark were used to let the hunter know the dog is on the trail of or has treed his prey.
The Plott Hound for sale
The Plott Hound is an uncommon and rare breed so prepare yourself that there might be a long waiting list for a Plott Hound puppy. Plott Hound puppies usually cost between $300 - $500 USD.
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