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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

Hound

Weight:

Approximately 23-27 kg (50-60 lbs) for males and 18-25 kg (40-55 lbs) for females.

Height:

Males are slightly larger at 50-65 cm (20-25 inches) while females are 50-58 cm (20-23 inches).

Color(s):

Plotts can be found in any shade of brindle and occasionally can have small white patches on the feet and chest.

Coat:

Their coat is smooth, hard, dense, and has a fine texture.


Overview

Character:

These are hunting dogs and can be aggressive, bold, and fearless. That being said, they are loyal and intelligent and enjoy human interaction. They also tend to enjoy their independence and show some stubbornness but are usually obedient.

Country of Origin:

Germany

History:

Interestingly, the Plott family brought these dogs from German when they immigrated to the United States in the 1700s. They were bred by the Plott Brothers in North Carolina in order to be used in boar hunts. Plott hounds were considered among the best boar hunting dogs in the world.

Name:

They were brought to the United States by the Plott brothers of Germany and were named after them.

Temperament:

Plott hounds are athletic and muscular and have been know to be courageous fighters and excellent trackers. They tend to be even-tempered and easily trained despite their independent nature. They have a strong hunting instinct as well.


Care

Training:

Plott hounds are easy to train, as their intelligence suggests. Training should be undertaken at a young age as they have a strong fighting instinct and socializing with other animals is important to reduce the impact of this instinct.

Activity:

These are highly active dogs that require a lot of exercise. Twice daily walks and access to a moderately sized yard are ideal.

Ownership:

Although they are known to be aggressive fighters, they still make good pets. They are smart, loyal, and affectionate. Still, because they are bred for hunting and fighting, they need to be socialized with other dogs at an early age. Even after training and socialization, they should be supervised around other dogs as they are capable of fighting to the death. As such, they do not make good pets for families with small children or other dogs.

As they have a short coat, little grooming and trimming is required

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