Plott Hound

The Plott Hound is an athletic and hardy breed of dog, known for its keen sense of smell and hunting abilities. They are determined and energetic dogs.

General details

Males can weigh between 23 and 27 kg, while females range between 18 and 25 kg. The height in males is between 51 and 63.5 cm and in females between 51 and 58 cm. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. The breed is not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Plott Hound has a history dating back to 18th century Germany, when Johannes Plott emigrated to the United States along with his family and their hunting dogs. These dogs, known as Plott Hounds, were selectively bred by the Plott family to become tough and courageous boar hunters. Plott Hounds were used in the Appalachian mountains to track and hunt wild boar, demonstrating their skill and determination in difficult terrain. Today, the Plott Hound is still appreciated as a hunting dog, but also as a loyal companion.

Breed characteristics

The Plott Hound is a medium to large sized dog with a strong, proportionate head. It has medium length pendant ears that fall forward and medium sized eyes that convey an intelligent and alert expression. Its tail is of medium length and carried with gaiety. The coat is glossy, smooth and dense, providing protection. The most common color is brindle, although they can also be solid black or bicolor. The Plott Hound is determined and energetic. It is a hunting dog with a strong prey instinct and great endurance. This breed is known for its intelligence and tenacity, which makes them excellent hunting companions. With proper socialization and consistent training, the Plott Hound can be a balanced and loving dog in the home.

Common health problems

The Plott Hound, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are volvulus-gastric dilatation, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.

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