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.
If 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.