The smooth, glossy coat needs minimal attention; keep ears clean and dry to avoid infection.
Plotts are eager to please, loyal, intelligent and alert in the home, but are aggressive, bold and fearless while hunting. Owners should be prepared to hear the Plott's "voice" in the home at times. An athletic breed, they require daily exercise, but their short coats are low maintenance.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Plott is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
They are aggressive, bold and fearless while hunting. Owners should be prepared to hear the Plott's "voice" in the home at times. An athletic breed, they require daily exercise. Plotts may become food or toy aggressive and need to be trained to avoid these traits. Plotts are exceptionally smart, and if they are stimulated, they can and will learn almost anything. Without stimulation, however, they become bored and will think of ways to amuse themselves.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Plotts are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Plott can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies