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Gun Dog: Are Plott Hounds Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 06:41 PM

Plott hounds are highly developed scent hounds with natural hunt instincts. Gun dog breeders know them for their willingness to please and their loyalty; qualities that make them good candidates for family pets. They are also known for as fearless, aggressive gun dogs, which may present challenges in some households. Plott hounds, like any breed, make great pets and family companions – in the right situations, according to the American Kennel Club.

This coonhound breed traces its history to Germany and a strain of foxhounds that were the foundation stock for the Plott, according to DogTime. In Germany, the dogs were used to hunt wild boar, and they became noted for their stamina and hunting instincts. The dogs came to the U.S. in 1750 when their founder, Johannes Georg Plott, immigrated to North Carolina, bringing his dogs with him.

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In the absence of wild boar (none lived in the U.S. at that time), Plott turned to hunting bear, and the dogs performed to great satisfaction. When considering any dog as a pet, people should consider the function of the breed — what they were bred to do. The qualities needed to fulfill the job carry over into the dog’s suitability as a pet, including behavior and training.

The most important consideration for choosing a pet is temperament. This dog needs a firm, but sensitive, owner. They may challenge for authority, and the owner must be able to control them in the home, on walks, and in the field. The dogs are very intelligent and learn quickly — they can also entertain themselves and can be destructive if bored.

These dogs can be very sweet, and they are loyal protectors of family. The qualities can vary between lines, and dogs who hunt may be more assertive — if they have been rewarded for tenacity in the field. Talk to breeders about specific dogs, and they will share specifics about individual dogs that can help you make a good decision about having a Plott hound as a pet.

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The Plott hound needs a lot of exercise. Bred for stamina, the dogs will need daily runs to keep physically and mentally fit. Regular grooming with a soft brush will remove dead hair when shedding and an occasional bath will keep the dogs looking and feeling good. Working Plotts often keep their toenails short with activity, but pets may need trimming. Check the ears for smells or redness, and see a veterinarian for advice on immunizations and parasite control. The Plott hound is a versatile dog that can be the perfect pet — for the right family.

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