Getting to Know a Plott Hound

Plott hound is one of the many breeds of dogs available. They are originally used as a hunting companion but over the years, this dog has enjoyed the company of children and adults and has enjoyed living a life in the urban areas. This type is not as attractive as a chowchow or a shiatsu, it’s not as furry, as bulky or as little but there are no reasons why this breed can’t be adored. Plott hound likes to feel that they are doing something good and that makes them a very good and a very effective watchdog. They can live indoors but since they constantly move and enjoy running and jumping most of the time, it is recommended to keep them in a kennel or a doghouse outside your house but inside your backyard.

Plott HoundIf you are buying a pet and you are considering buying a Plott hound, make sure that your lifestyle fits this dog’s lifestyle. Plott hound can become your jogging companion as their endurance is superb. Remember that their descendants were trained to hunt in the wilds and hiking and running are their best characteristics. This type of dog is very courageous and can become adamant because of the nature they were trained and used in the previous years – Plott hounds are not afraid of the big guys such as the bear, wild boar, and mountain lion.

Since Plott hound is used to the life in the wild, training them can become a challenge especially if you started late. The tip is to train them in their early years to establish the authority but if circumstances allow you to do this at a later time, you can do so but make sure that you are consistent with the enforcement of your rules. Plott hounds are highly sociable and they can blend well even with the different breeds. They can become friendly but would not hesitate to strike when provoked.

Plott hound’s appearance exudes confidence and power – the very same gesture when they hunt. You can easily distinguish the male from the female hounds as male Plott hounds are bigger in length at 20-25 inches and are heavier weighing 50 to 60 pounds. Female Plott hounds are shorter at 20- 23 inches in length and are lighter at 40-55 pounds. Plott hounds’ colors are typically dark such as black and brown but there are also variations like a combination of black and brown, tan, chocolate, gray, orange, blue, buckskin and liver.

The Plott hounds were brought from Germany by the two young Plott brothers’ way back in 1750. One of the brothers died during the voyage while the other successfully reached America, settled in North Carolina and breed the Hanoverian dogs. As the years passed, the dog’s name was replaced by “Plott Hound” from “Hanoverian hounds” in tribute to the person responsible for introducing this breed in the other part of the world. Since Plott hounds can become reliable, sweet and funny, it has become one of the most –loved and most popular breed nowadays.

Taking Care of Your Plott Hound

As with any type of breeds, the chances of developing genetic health problems can become a common issue and your Plott hound is not an exemption. If you are still in the process of buying your very first plott and your breeder is telling you that what you’ll have is the type of dog that is perfectly healthy, ask them again. If humans are prone to inherit a particular disease, so are the dogs. You need to understand that in dogs; you can’t have one that is in absolute perfect condition. Unlike with clothes or shoes that can be done or created perfectly, you cannot choose the genetic make-up of your plott hound.

Plott Hound Taking CarePlott hounds are typically skinny so don’t go and visit your vet complaining the plots body mass. You might have mistaken the built as plots are masculine in nature. Plotts have deep chest and they tend to eat really fast, therefore, they are prone to gastric torsion or to bloat. Dog breeders especially those who specialize in breeding plots call the condition “twisted gut”.

Some Plott hounds are diagnosed with hip dysplasia or the abnormal foundation of the hip socket and if not treated or handled properly, can result to crippling lameness and arthritis. This condition is hereditary and can be triggered by some environmental factors. Plott hounds are prone to having this because they love outdoor activities and would want to spend most of their time running and jumping.

Aside from the twisted gut and hip dysplasia condition, the Plotts are at higher risk of having injuries from the field especially if they are being used as hunting companions. Hunting is the game for the wild and Plott hounds are doing quite well in this field. Out there in the field, any external forces can bring harm to the dogs. Even raccoons are able of doing something that can cause damage to our Plott hound.

Plotts have big ears, and with ears that big cleaning them regularly is a must. Keep them dry; clean them with cotton balls with an approved cleanser; never used a cotton swab to clean the plotts ear canal. Like humans, dogs can have bad breaths too. You don’t need to brush their teeth twice or thrice a day but once a week can be enough to make sure that gums are healthy and no foul odor are coming out from their mouth.

Being less furry does not exclude this breed from the grooming department. You need to brush the plotts coat at least once a week to keep it shiny and to prevent hair loss. Proper maintenance is also required for the plotts nails; trim them on a monthly basis.

Proper hygiene is not only for humans but for every living organism. Other species can do this on their own but some will require assistance. Be a responsible pet owner and do your share; if you have every reason to stay smart and to look good, plotts have their reasons too. Plotts are born to hunt and they need to display that intimidating look all the time. Help the Plott hounds to attain the look their breed requires.

Plott Hound as Pet

Long time ago, plot hounds were trained to become the best hunting companion. The physical appearance seems to fit the requirement for this type is muscular in nature, not so furry and have big ears and relatively medium size eyes. Their weight is the best for hiking and long run, their adrenaline is superb. Plott hounds are focused and determined when they are out for hunting and can become very aggressive. These are the reasons why hunters over the last 200 years choose this breed when they are in their game. Plott hounds never seem to let them down. Today, aside from hunting companion, hounds (common name) are also becoming one of the favorite home-based pets, a watchdog, a playmate, and a running and jogging companion.

Plott Hound as PetPlott hounds love to be on the go. They are the type who can spend the rest of the day running and jumping on your yard. Don’t ever think of owning this breed if you are the type who spends most of the time at home watching television because this activity can bore the plot hounds. You will notice the hound getting restless if they are not on the move. Make sure to find time to bring the plot hounds outside for their physical activities or else, you will hear more barking from them and the barking can be really irritating. Most owners said that Plott hounds are best kept in a kennel as working dogs or working pets rather than just plain pets, this couldn’t last a day just sitting and walking around.

This breed is highly trainable but since they have the tendency to become dominant, training needs to begin on the early stage. The authority must be established and once done, everything will eventually fall into place. Hounds are good followers and as a watchdog, they are very dedicated on their task. Health concerns for hounds are their high tendency for gastric torsion because they tend to eat so fast. The worst scenario is the life-threatening bloat or the “twisting of the stomach”.  The average life span for this breed is 12-15 years, a relatively long-lived breed. Female hound are expected to give birth to 4-10 puppies at once.

Despite having very light shedders, plott hounds are also welcome to the grooming department. Their coat requires brushing at least once a week to keep it gleaming and to prevent loose hair from falling anywhere in your house.  Hounds big and floppy ears are prone to infection, thus must be checked regularly for any signs of irritation or of wax buildup. Use a cotton ball with an approved cleanser (from the veterinarian), never a cotton swab to clean the dog’s ear canal. Brushing is as every bit important and must conduct at least once a week to promote healthy gums and to keep the bad breath away. Nails must be properly maintained by trimming them on a monthly basis.

Since trained as hunters, Plott hounds appear powerful, determined, skilled and courageous. Today, aside from being a watchdog or a working pet and aside from being the state dog of North Carolina, it is also being used for coonhunting, an added task to the dog’s traditional duties.

How Plott Hound is Different?

Owning a Plott hound is like having two dogs at once. People say that this type takes on a different persona depending on where the location is. Inside your home and with your family, plot hounds can be very loving, gentle and can become an excellent playmate for you and your children. But outside, this dog is alert, focused, energetic and determined. These traits have earned Plott hounds the reputation as one of the best hunting dogs for bear, deer, wild boar, mountain lion, raccoon and bobcat.

Plott HoundThe Hanoverian hounds are said to be the descendants of this breed and according to history, was brought from Germany to America by the Plott brothers’ way back in 1750. Later on, the brothers’ last name replaced Hanoverian and from there, the term “Plott Hound” was born. Over the years, this breed was used as hunting dogs but today hounds (common name) have become one of the well-loved home-based pet.

Since this breed is ideal for hunting, hounds physical characteristics are not the cutest – they are less fury, more masculine, have big ears which is set above the head. Their appearance makes the hounds appear to be confident and powerful, the gesture they need when they hunt. Male hounds are heavier and bigger at 20 to 25 inches in length, weighing 50 to 60 pounds. Female hounds are smaller at 20 to 23 inches in length and are lighter at 40 to 55 pounds. Their color may range from different varieties – tan, chocolate, gray, blue, buckskin, orange, liver, black or brown.

Dogs also have different personalities depending on the breed and hounds are no different. Hounds were trained to be hunters and this makes them sturdy and fearless, excellent hunting companions and family watch dogs. Hounds enjoy outdoor activities a lot, they like to move most of the time and they always want to be physically challenged. Hounds get bored easily. If you are living in an apartment and you decided to go for hound as a pet, better make sure that you will have enough time to take the hound outside. Otherwise, they can become destructive and noisy. Hounds can spend most of their time hiking, romping and running and are most comfortable and happiest if you have multiple dogs where they can socialize with.

This breed tends to develop the dominance so you need to start the training early if you want them to obey you. Leadership must be established early to make sure that everything will fall into place – you are the boss. Some of the principles in training humans can also be applied in training animals and the most common is positive reinforcement. Give them something or rub their head when they did something right. Like us, hounds also want the feeling that they are appreciated. Those who were trained late may require a firmer hand but you need to remember not to treat this breed harshly. Remember, they are hunting animals and if they are not afraid to attack the bears in the wild, they can attack you without a second thought. Mutual respect is necessary and enforcement of rules must be practiced with consistency.

Owning a plotthound

A plotthound is a scent hound which is large in size than a normal hound. Despite being a state dog for the North Carolina, this species is not known all across the United States of America. The dog has been originally brought from Europe, from Germany.  It is a very muscular dog. They appear to be athletic. This is due to the good physic they have. The overall built of a plotthound is neither very light, to make it look skinny, nor it is very heavy. They are intermediate between the two categories. They also have a good expression that includes confidence, intelligence and determination. They have a brindle coloured coat. They have a huge capacity for stamina, speed and endurance. It may have an identification mark since all of them are usually same.

History of these hounds:

The concerned plotthound is not the one that has its ancestors amongst the foxhound. The ancestors of these were used long time back for the boar hunting in Germany, from where these have originated. The initial progress in getting such an efficient hound started in 1750 when various hounds were brought from Germany to the States. So many efforts since so long have made these hound game efficient. After various cross breeding since those times have allowed us to get the perfect hound. The research team has now been able to detect the perfect match with the hound’s image in the mind of the setters. Since those times the progress has continuously been taking place. And the hounds are made to get better as they reproduced.

Colour and size:

The texture of the fur of plotthound should be medium to fine. It should also be medium or short in length with a glossy and smooth appearance. The fur of the dog should be brindled. With this it means that the dog should have a fur that has strips like contrasts in the fur itself. The colour that are allowed in the competition include red brindle, yellow brindle, black brindle, tan brindle, blue brindle and grey brindle. White is acceptable only on the feet or the chest. If there is a white on any other place then the dog is not selected. They are usually 55 centimeter to 71 centimeter when it is for the males. For the females the length is a bit short which may range from 53 centimeters to 63 centimeters. Further, the weight of the males should also be good an allowable. It should be 23 to 27 kilograms. This allows the dogs to be between the heavy and lighter ones. The weight of t he females is not that much. It should be 18 to 25 kilograms. With all these your dog may be the perfect one and may win. They usually have these    physical specifications and only in some cases these requirements are not fulfilled. These qualities enable the hound the perfect body to run and maintain a balance whenever he is doing a physical exercise. Further, with a plotthound you need not be careful about whatever you carrying and leave all your tensions onto them.

Plotthound is loyal and clever

Among all breeds of dogs, Plotthound is one of the loyal and clever dogs. There are many reasons to choose plotthound as a companion. Description of this hound is as similar as most of the hounds except body line.  Plotthound is an average sized dog with strong and powerful muscles. It weighs around 20 to 25 kg and height is about 20 to 24 inches. As far as the color is concerned, you can see plotthound of different colors.  Most usual are in shades of solid black, brindle, combination of brindle and black, brindle trim, or in some cases white around the chest. Its coat is short with brindle or black color. The coats may be single or double with smooth and fine shine and glossy look.  It is an only coonhound which has no jeans derived from foxhounds.

Qualities of Plotthound

With the verity of breeds of dogs around many people prefer to choose Plotthound as a companion because it is a loyal and affectionate with the people. It is friendly and trustworthy in every manner. Plotthounds befriend very quickly with the people they meet.  They do very well in homes and especially with small children. Basically, they are safe to mix up with small children. But they are more suitable with elder kids who can interact with them in a proper way. They are quick learners and intelligent dogs with courageous nature. Being a fearless breed, Plotthounds are best protectors for property and have full alertness with sharp mind. They have high-pitched sharp voice. It is a dog with quality of leadership.

Behavior of Plotthounds

Plotthounds are social dogs and they get used to socialize at early age. They may develop stubborn and aggressive behavioral qualities with dominant nature if they are not exposed to people, sounds and different sights. They need to be trained to learn correct behaviors. You can see their obedience and confidence when they are trained with proper guidance. They are food lovers and possessive about their foods. They usually eat food in large quantity. They are not indoor dogs but they can be kept outdoors under proper shelter and fine fenced area. As they have tendency to roam around, they need to be kept in safe area. Being a good hunter plotthound quickly grabs the chance to hunt whenever possible.

Exercising plotthound

Exercising plotthound is not a daunting task if the handler is calm and firm with confidence and consistency in handling. Though they get very well along with multiple dogs, it is important to introduce them with the other pets at early age so that they mix up with them very well. They live about 12 – 14 years when provided a good exercise. They need a big exercise session daily including, jog, walk, run and other physical activities. Due to their eating habits, they usually get gastric torsion and twisting of stomach which can prove fatal if not given medical attention on time. Overall, it’s a pleasure to adopt plotthound for good companion to get loyalty, love and protection that they offer.