The Plott hound is the state dog of North Carolina. However, it is one of the lesser known dog breeds in the United States.
This is one of the seven breeds of coonhounds registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC). The person who brought this breed to the United States was originally from Germany. His name was Johannes 'George' Plott, who moved to the US in the 1700s. He brought a few dogs with him. These dogs were hounds that he was using to hunt boar. This was the original purpose of this breed. It was officially recognized by the UKC in 1946 and by the AKC in 2006.
This dog is medium to large in size, with a height between 22 to 27 inches (55 to 70 cm) for males, and 21 to 25 inches (50 to 63 cm) for females. Males weigh between 35 to 45 lbs (23 to 27 kg), and females between 25 to 35 lbs (18 to 25 kg). It has webbed feet and big, drooping ears. The coat is blue or brindle, and is glossy and thick. There are black markings on it many times as well.
Even though this breed has a thick coat, shedding is not a problem. If you have allergies, this might be a breed that you would want to consider. All that is needed to keep the coat in perfect condition is a good brushing once a week, and a wipe down with a wet cloth. Ears should be kept clean and dry because they are prone to infections.
This dog is known for having high stamina, endurance, and determination because it is a hound breed. This makes it the ideal pet for active families who like to do things with their pets all the time. This breed needs constant companionship and love from its owner. Hence, if you are not going to be able to give it your time, then this is not the right breed for you. This is a brave dog that will not hesitate to stand up to a dog that is twice its size, so care needs to be taken. Although intelligent, it can be difficult to train this dog. This behavior is typical of hound dogs.
This breed loves children and will get along great with them, and with other pets as well. However, being a hound, once it picks up a good scent, it will trail it. So a good, sturdy fence around the yard is of absolute importance. This is a very active dog who needs to get a lot of exercise. When it comes to being a watch dog, this breed will bark, but that is about it. It has too much of a fun-loving nature to actually do any guarding, so don't depend on it too much in that regard.
Because this breed has not had its genetics played around with much, health problems are non-existent in it, which is a plus point. The only thing that can be a concern is how fast this dog eats its food, as it can cause some issues. This dog has a good life expectancy of ten to fourteen years.
Whenever looking for a puppy always try to find a person that has good breeding habits and somebody that cares about their dogs. The breeder should be interested in the new home of the puppy and the basic living conditions of the dog. He/she should be able to provide you with proof of health checkups and vaccinations that have been done on the puppy and on its parents.
The Plott hound is a fun-loving, cheerful, and happy dog. It is a good option as a family pet for those families that will be able to keep up with its active nature.