Plott Hound

Country of origin:
Germany, USA
Height (cm):
53-69
Weight (kg):
18-34
Life span (years):
12-14
Colour:
brindle; yellow brindle, red brindle, tan brindle, brown brindle, black brindle, grey brindle, maltese (slate grey, blue brindle); grey muzzle
Size:
large
Hair length:
short
Recognized by:
UKC, NKC, AKC, CKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR
FCI code:
Intelligence:
Good with kids:
Trainability:
Shedding:
Watchdog:
Adaptability:
Allergy:
No
Overview
The Plott Hound is considered to be the only American hound that has no British ancestry. Appeared in the USA, this breed was eventually developed by the German. This more than 200 years old breed is not for everyone and not for everywhere. It needs much space to hunt or just to roam around. If you decided to acquire the Plott Hound, you need to be very responsible and spend a lot of time with your dog, but it will fill your life with a lot positive moments.

History
The Plott Hound was developed in North Carolina more than two centuries ago. In 1750 Johannes Georg Plott crossed German Bloodhounds with Curs and, as a result, a new type of hound appeared, taking the name of its creator.

The Plott Hound was basically used for hunting on a wild boar. Later, the breed was famous as a good bear, mountain lion and racoon hunter. At the beginning of XX century, the Plott Hound breed was mixed with tan-black hounds, and thanks to it the breed got its scent talent.

The United Kennel Club (UKC) registered the breed in 1946, and the American Kennel Club (AKC) gave it the official recognition only in 2006. Then and now the Plott Hound is both the official dog of North Carolina and devoted companion, keeping its hunting and live-stock guardian skills.

Temperament
The Plott Hound is usually characterized as a proud, determined and courageous breed. It can be an excellent watchdog, at the same time being polite with strangers. The Plott Hound suits best for those families, in which children interact with dogs nicely.

With other canine animals the Plott Hound keeps in, besides it can be taught to respect cats, other pets and animals as well. Just remember, that with each dog you need eyes on the back of your head to know what it is doing.

Health Problems
The most common problems for the breed include:

• elbow dysplasia;
• gastric torsion;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• hypothyroidism;
• von Willebrand’s disease.

Grooming

The Plott Hound is an easy to groom. Brush you dog once per week to give its coat more brilliance. This breed doen’t need frequent bathing.

The most important thing is to check and clean ears of your dog to prevent infections. You’re also recommended to brush its teeth two or three times a week and trim the nails regularly. Properly doing all this care, you’ll make every vet examination of your dog easier and faster.

Training
Since the Plott Hound is a smart breed, which likes to please, trainings can be relatively easy. Make each training session consistent, using positive reinforcement methods.

Being a firm, strong-minded and experienced trainer is a must. If you want to prevent your dog from aggression and make it obedient, begin socialization from the puppyhood.

Exercise
The Plott Hound needs plenty of exercise, or, at least, one hour daily. Walking, jogging, running and other active exercise will be ideal for your dog. This breed is not suited for living in apartments, because it needs much free space to run and sniff something.

The Plott Hound will be the happiest one, when it gets an opportunity to hunt, which is in its blood. Before you buy a Plott Hound, make sure this breed is definitely for you. Nothing can be better, than to have a happy pet alongside, and thus, to be happy yourself.
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