The Plott Hound, the dog of North Carolina

The Plott Hound is not a very well known dog in the United States, coming from Germany in 1750 it is the official dog of the state of North Carolina. The Plott Hound is althetic, muscular and of medium build. It’s fur is either short or medium and has a smooth and glossy look to it. Male Plotts are around 22 to 27 inches in length at the shoulder while female are only 21 to 25 inches. Males can weigh from a minimum of 50 pounds all the way up to 75 pounds, females weighing a minimum of 50 pounds to a maximum of 65 pounds. This breed of dog is very active with tremendous stamina giving it the ability to work all day and most of the night. This breed of dog got its name from a group known as the “Plott Descendents”, these men bred their own dogs to hunt bear and boar. One downfall about this breed is that it consumes large amounts of food fast, which makes it vulnerable to life threatening issues with its stomach; owners of this dog cannot exercise it after a meal for this reason. A second downfall of this breed, it has been known to wander if not kept in a safe area so therefore it isn’t recommended for outside living without proper shelter. The life expectancy for this breed is usually around 12 to 14 years. After using them to hunt animals they should often be checked for issues like torn nails, fleas and ticks. More importantly checking their ears to be sure they are clean and free from any signs of infection. If you’re looking for a pet, this is a great option as it is loyal and intelligent and does well around children. The Plott Hound should be taught to walk on a leash and be around people at an early age. And just like the average dog it does tend to drool and slobber often.

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