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Plott Hound : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Plott Hound Ratings: - Ease of Training: 2 /10 - Intelligence: 2 /10 - Shedding: 5 /10 - Watchdog: 6 /10 - Guard Dog: 4 /10 - Popularity: 3 /10 - Size: 7 /10 - Agility: 6 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Plott Hound Attributes: Life Expectancy: 12-15 ... Plott Hound


Plott Hound

Plott Hound

Plott Hound

Plott Hound Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 2/10
- Intelligence: 2/10
- Shedding: 5/10
- Watchdog: 6/10
- Guard Dog: 4/10
- Popularity: 3/10
- Size: 7/10
- Agility: 6/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Plott Hound Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Litter Size: 4-10 puppies
Group: Hounds
Recognized By: CKC, AKC, UKC, NKC, APRI, ACR
Color: Brindle or black with brindle trim. No solid colors accepted. Some white on chest and/ or feet permissible. White not permitted elsewhere on dog. Should have a streaked effect.
Hair Length: Short
Size: Large/Medium
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: 20-25 inches
Male Weight: 50-60 lbs
Female Height: 20-23 inches
Female Weight: 40-55 lbs
Living Area:
The Plott Hound should be allowed to run off leash which means an apartment is not a suitable living condition. A sturdy fence is required to keep this dog in.
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Complete information about Plott Hound Breed:

Overview :

Plott hound is a true American hound that is loved and appreciated by those who embrace all its charming characteristics. A hunter by design, this breed loves to pursue game and needs the space and routine that will allow it to do so. Urban living is out of the question when considering this dog. Care of the coat is simple. Plott tends to bay and drool somewhat, so owners should be aware and accepting of these traits when considering this breed. Children and their activity, and other pets, are compatible with this breed. The only exception would be small pets outside in open spaces that might appear as prey. This hound is a loving breed and accepts training to a point when started at a young age. The Plott Hound has a face full of cute expressions. The breed’s rounded head has a long rectangular muzzle which ends in a large black nose. Small round eyes show off this dog’s emotions. Large floppy ears hang down past their bottom lip. On their muzzle, their upper lip is loose and hangs past their bottom lip, too. A muscular neck usually with a dewlap leads to their broad shoulders and deep chest. From their body stretches long muscular legs that end with small, webbed feet. Their stomach should be sunken in and their tail is long. Sleek fur covers their body and resembles the coat of a Great Dane. Coat colors of The Plott can be brindle – which is most common, blue slate, or buckskin; they also commonly have black covering their back.

Plott Hound History :

The Plott Hound is the only American hound without British ancestry. Given its unusual name, the Plott hound is a purely American breed that was started by a German family of the same name who immigrated to the United States in 1750. Seven generations of the Jonathan Plott family, beginning in the 1750′s, bred their dogs exclusively within the family. A mix of bloodhounds and curs reportedly comprised the original stock. The dog’s working claim to fame is cold trailing bear and raccoons in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains of the Eastern United States. The Plott Hound is American through and through. The Plott family has only rarely put these dogs on the market; so while the breed was officially recognized in 1946, it is still rare outside the southern states. They are extremely hardy and have superior hunting instincts. They can make a good family companion but are seldom kept as one. Most people get these dogs for the hunt.

Plott Hound Temperament and Character :

The Plott Hound is eager to please, loyal, alert and intelligent. A pack hound with both inbred and innate skills, the Plott Hound uses these skills determinedly to pursue whatever prey his master has chosen. Today that prey may be rabbit, fox, or coyote, but for years it was boar, bear, or other large, menacing animal. His personable natures are surely not evident on the trail when he turns into an aggressive hunter in pursuit. A scent hound of coonhound variety, this sturdy, intelligent hunter will follow its nose to the surliest prey and fearlessly stand at bay. Vocalizations of Plott Hound are of a sharp, high-pitched nature and are music to those who appreciate it and an annoyance to those not accustomed t it. While Plott hounds can be taught to walk on the lead, it would have to be reinforced regularly since lunging on lead is permissible while tracking. To switch between the two schools of discipline would be difficult and unkind to the breed. While the Plott Hound is a loving companion and gentle pet, the trail and the thrill of the hunt are his first love and these elements should be part of this breed’s ownership. The Plott Hound is not for the first time pet owner and should only be considered by those with extensive pet ownership or those familiar with the breed. The Plott Hound is not recommended for urban life. Apartment living would be a disservice to this breed. The Plott Hound can live and sleep outdoors provided they have proper shelter. This breed has no road sense at all and should be kept in a safe area because they have a tendency to wander. The Plott Hound tends to drool and slobber and if kept to a certain area may not be a problem for some owners. A high-pitched voice distinguishes it from other coonhounds and should only be heard in the wide outdoors. This breed is for homes with large yards or farms that allow it to use its tracking talents and vocal nature. The breeds’ “all-in-the-family” background makes it a fine addition to families with children. Loyal and intelligent, the Plott Hound is quick to learn and love children, and is appreciative of their high activity. They have a sense of family and need at least children or other canines for companionship. Non-canine or small pets are fine in the home but could pose a problem in an outside setting since they may appear as prey and thus need to be “tracked”.

Plott Hound Health Care :

Since the breed is not very common or particularly popular, they have very few congenital health problems that are common for other purebred dogs. A good breeder should be able to show you the lineage of the dogs you have and prove the parents are in good health. Most Plott Hounds have chemical sensitivity and are very sensitive to chemicals, and very especially insecticides such as those used to treat fleas. - Hip and joint disorders: like most large dogs, Plott Hounds are capable of inheriting the degenerative disorder, hip dysplasia. The incidence of this, however, is very low.

Plott Hound Grooming :

The grooming for this very shorthaired dog is very simple, since they don’t even need a combing unless you’re trying to get something very specific out of their hair. Usually all that’s required for coat maintenance is a weekly rub with a rough rag, sometimes called a hound cloth. They also enjoy a good rubbing with a rubber dog brush to massage the skin and remove dead hair, though this could easily be a monthly task. Their nails are dark colored and special care will have to be taken to make sure they’re properly trimmed without cutting the quick. Should you accidentally hit the quick, the dog is sure to yelp and bleed quite a bit, not to mention the distrust you’ll have temporarily encouraged in your dog. Many people bring their Plott’s in to the vet or groomer for professional treatment. Being such neat dogs, Plott Hounds don’t need a bath to be any more frequent than an annual event. When it finally is bath time, you should be very careful not to use anything with excessive fragrance. Only use dog shampoo or puppy shampoo specifically formulated for dogs, human products will cause skin problems especially in this breed. Even rubbing up against clothes that have been treated with heavy doses of chemicals can cause a mild to severe reaction. This means that any pesticide that you try to use in or on your Plott Hound could cause a very severe reaction that results in bumps, redness, swelling, itching and flaking of the skin. As such, you should contact your vet before beginning any program of flea and tick protection, whether you intend to use a collar or the sub-dermal treatments. Keep their ears clean as the floppy ears prevent good air flow so mites could build up if not properly maintained. There is no need for a groomer otherwise, since the hair is continually shed. Though they do shed tiny hairs continually, there is a mid-spring and early autumn shedding events that may result in your dog being a bit colder than usual since they can go nearly bald for the summer.

Plott Hound Training :

The Plott Hound requires some careful training while young to grow into a well-socialized animal that follows even the most rudimentary of commands. The keys to the Plott’s training are positive reinforcement and consistency. For most dog owners, the first concern is how well the Plott takes to housebreaking. Thankfully they do fairly well with this if you are around to take cues from the puppy and get them outside when they show any inkling of having to go. When they do well they should be praised. Never punish a Plott (or any other dog for that matter) unless you actually catch them in the act, since they’ll forget what they’ve just done moments after doing it. It is vitally important that you give puppies a chance to interact with as many different people and dogs as possible when they’re young so they get used to new situations. Otherwise your dog may become fearfully timid. Obedience training can be a bit more challenging, simply because the dog may not see any reason for it. In this case, repetition is key. Don’t get frustrated and be sure to always use the same commands. They may not seem to get it, but they probably do – it’s a matter of will for many Plott hound puppies. Even a well-trained Plott hound will probably still continue to bark more than many other breeds. Some people have successfully used a dog bark collar that either delivers a shock or a citronella burst, though the effectiveness of these punitive tools has varying levels of success with this breed. It will probably be impossible to train a Plott hound not to chase small creatures, though if you have a cat, you’ll have to make a special effort to socialize them with the cat from an early age and not give them a chance to. One of the most convenient trait of the breed, as far as training is concerned is their ability to return when called from a very early age. From this easy success you should have a very firm foundation to build further training successes upon.

Plott Hound Activity and Exercise :

The Plott hound absolutely requires a great deal of exercise every day, otherwise they get very anxious and their already frequent barking may become excessive. While walks certainly are helpful and a nice activity for you and your Plott Hound, they really need some nice, hard running to be happy and to expend the energy that makes them such effective small-game hunters. Running alongside a bicycle is an especially good option for city dwellers. It may actually be more of a chore to keep your Plott reigned in if you live in a rural area, since they are very capable of jumping most common fences. To contain them, you should consider a fence that’s at least 8 feet tall. They are also capable of taking off after just about any scent that interests their very keen noses and should usually not be let off the leash when roaming in natural areas, as they can take off and not bother coming back for a very long time or ever. However, urban and suburban living may actually work out better for the Plott, as far as exercise is concerned. A very good activity for these dogs is running around in a fenced, off-leash area of a park. This allows them to be engaged with other dogs. They are also distracted from just hopping out the fence and into the parts of the park where they’re not allowed.

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