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If you could only have one dog.........

Gentlemen, I have hunted hogs with dogs on only a couple of occassions -- unfortuanetly as it is blast in my opinon. If your living situation dictated that you could only have one hunting dog, what would be the best animal to have?

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I would move or die trying..... when it comes to dogs, one is not even a number unless followed by the word "more".... Laugh
However, that question does get me really thinking.... There are a number of breeds that come to mind, but some I have never owned and would like to try in that situation..... Black mouth cur, catahula, maybe a Dogo....

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plott

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tnhoundsman wrote:
plott

Why the plott if you don't mind me asking?

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good nose for finding, plenty of grit to hold a big hog at bay and catch smaller hogs. speed to catch up to and stay with game. smart eaisly trained. ans they have been bred to hunt big dangerous game like hogs fot over 200 years

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Plotts are good for large acreages. Not small ones since they have colder noses than most cur dogs. For smaller acreage, cur dogs would be your best bet. Keep in mind, hounds will drive hogs away because they bark on track. Not to say that hounds don't make good hog dogs...they do..most of 'em are Plotts but if you were the hog and you heard a dog baying..what would you do? Run!

Silent dogs get more hogs. My opinion, is if you hunt in the mountains, plotts are a good choice bec you can hear the dogs working....

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So, what breed of dog would you suggest, Ted?

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most of my plotts are silent trackers ya don't hear them til they are lookin at the game

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Tn houndsman,

That's a rare trait in Plotts. I know that I have friends who would pay good money for a Plott that doesn't bawl on track. Keep your bloodline going! I would be interested except I'm in Kansas, lol.

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Is quiet scent tracking rare? I have a plott myself (only one, sadly). She is almost 8 months and will probably be going on her first pig hunt to learn from her parents. But in all the training that I have been doing with her, she is quiet. The only time she barks is when she's found the jackpot. If it's in a tree, she has a high-pitched choppy bark and her other bark is deeper and full, when she is trying to bay her playmates. She is sly, relentless, and has a very high prey drive.

Plotts have quickly become my favorite breed. If I could have just one dog, it would be a Plott Hound.

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silent plotts are fairly rare. though i misquoted mine are not totally silent they will bark just enough for you to be able to keep up with them. the key in my opnion is not silent or not it is speed and stamina! a fast gritty yet smart enough to know when to back up plott wil catch ya a truck load of game. speed is key get a pack that is the same speed as to stay togather to work togather and you'll be bringing home the bacon. though i have had several and a few now that will bay their own hog, but they are veterans and know how the game is played