Did you know that we have an official state dog? That very good boy would be the Plott Hound, a loyal, brave coonhound that is known for being a great hunter and tracker. A local Raleigh, NC vet offers some information on the breed below.
Strong and muscular, Plott Hounds are sturdy, medium-large scent hounds. Males can grow to be about 25 inches high and 60 pounds, while females can get to be about 23 inches high and 55 pounds. They live about 12 to 14 years, on average. As far as their coats go, they have short to medium length fur, which should be sleek and shiny. The Plott Hound’s coat can be many colors, but must always be brindle.
Of the seven coonhounds registered with the AKC, the Plott is the only one not related to foxhounds. It’s also the only American hound without British breeds in its ancestry.
Fido’s ancestry can be traced back to Germany. The breed’s originators were brought overseas by a German man named Johannes “George” Plott who emigrated to North Carolina in 1750. He brought over some Hanoverian Hounds, which were boar hunting dogs, and developed the Plott hound from them. For the next 200 years, the Plott family worked on developing the breed, which soon proved excellent at hunting bears, racoons, coyotes, wolves, and wild cats. The Plott was accepted into the AKC back in 1946, and became our official state mascot in 1989, via the North Carolina General Assembly.
For the most part, Plott hounds are healthy and hardy. Good breeders will also screen for potential issues, such as hip dysplasia, before developing puppies. You will need to take care of Fido’s ears, as dogs with floppy ears often have ear trouble. Plotts do have a tendency to eat too fast, which can cause gastrointestinal issues. They are also prone to hip dysplasia. Ask your vet for specific care and feeding tips.
Plotts are very athletic, as they were bred with stamina and endurance in mind. Your canine companion will need long walks or runs, as well as lots of playtime. Fido does have a strong prey drive, so you’ll need to keep him leashed at all times.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Raleigh, NC animal clinic, today!