The Plica: A Complete Guide

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Plica Mix
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The Plica is a mix of a Basset Hound and an Ori Pei, which is a hybrid mix of a Chinese Shar-Pei and a Pug.

Since all these dogs are affectionate, devoted dogs, the Plica makes a wonderful family pet for just about anyone.

They enjoy children as well as other pets, and they are easy to train. The Plica is even good for those who have never had a dog before.

They come in many different colors such as pied, cream, white, black, red, brindle, silver, fawn, sable, and brown.

The Plica is a generally healthy breed who is just as happy to hang out on the couch as they are chasing balls in the yard.

He can be playful and silly, although he is also the protector and guardian of his family.

Plicas are considerate and loyal dogs. Both the Ori Pei and Basset Hound parents are beloved companion animals, and the Plica has many of the attributes of the parent breeds.

The Plica is fairly quiet with lower exercise requirements, making it a good choice for an apartment animal, as long as it is not left alone for extended periods.

With early training and socialization, the Plica breed is sure to be a well-mannered dog.

Plica Puppies – Before You Buy…

A light grey Plica looking up at you
The Plica is loyal to its owner and gentle and friendly to children.

What Price are Plica Puppies?

The price of Plica puppies is anywhere between $300 to $2,000.

How to Find Reputable Plica Breeders?

If you are planning on buying a puppy, don’t buy one because he is cheaper than another puppy of the same breed.

You may be sacrificing quality. Remember that you get what you pay for.

It may be worth spending that extra $200 now rather than paying $2,000 when health or behavior problems arise.

Never buy a puppy from a pet store. Too often, these puppies come from puppy mills. The breeder should know what their breed was meant to do.

They should be knowledgeable about the general history of the breed, what health problems that may affect the breed, and what homes their puppies would do best in.

Be wary of the breeder that makes their breed out to be perfect. They usually are just interested in money since no breed is perfect for everyone.

The breeder should ask questions before they agree to sell you a puppy.

They should ask if you have time to care for a puppy properly, or if you can afford feeding and grooming costs, or why you want a puppy in the first place.

Never buy a puppy from someone who breeds more than four different breeds of dogs. People who breed more than that are usually out for money and don’t care about the quality of their puppies.

Ask your local vet if they know anyone who breeds the puppies you’re looking for. The vet can tell you if the parent dogs are healthy and if the breeder is someone you’d care to buy a puppy from.

Get references from your breeder. Call these people and ask them to tell you about their experience with the breeder, and if they would recommend getting a puppy from them.

Trust your instincts! If you’re not sure about the breeder, you can always walk away.

Don’t be afraid to tell the breeder you’ll just keep looking. A reputable breeder will understand.

3 Little-Known Facts About Plica Puppies

  1. The Basset Hound parent of the Plica is a French dog that has been around since the 1500s. It was mainly used for rabbit hunting.
  2. The Ori Pei parent has a short history because it was developed from the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Pug in 1970 by an American dog lover, Aaron Silver.
  3. As both breeds display patience and are good with children, the Plica should be as well. Both the

Ori Pei and Basset Hound are beloved companion animals, and the cross Plica has many of the attributes of the parent breeds.

Physical Traits of the Plica Mix

A Plica puppy looking curious
The Plica requires daily exercises but up to a moderate level.

The Plica has a brown or black nose and large brown eyes in their small, round, wrinkly head.

He has a short, smooth, and soft coat that is usually red, brown, black, white, silver, pied, sable, fawn, or brindle fur of medium density.

The skin is wrinkled like the Chinese Shar-Pei but not as loose.

Their legs are short and sturdy, and their ears are pendulous and teardrop-shaped.

The Plica’s tail hangs straight when not wagging. Some Plicas have tails that curl at the back just like the Shar-Pei’s.

The Plica has short, straight fur that is easy to care for but sheds a lot, so they need to be brushed often.

It’s recommended to give them a light brushing daily with a slicker or bristle brush. The Plica does not need to be bathed frequently unless they get really dirty or start to smell.

Use medicated shampoo because of their loose skin and susceptibility to skin conditions.

A few times a month, your Plica will need his ears cleaned and teeth brushed. Trim the toenails when needed.

How Big is a Full-Grown Plica?

Male Plicas can grow to 14 to 16 inches in height and weigh 40 to 50 lbs.

Females can grow to 12 to 14 inches and weigh 35 to 45 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Plica?

The life expectancy of the Plica is 10 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Plica

A Plica laying on a carpet looking up
The Plica is the mix of the Basset Hound and the Ori Pei.

The Plica is a combination of three breeds who all have affectionate and easygoing temperaments that make them such great pets.

They can be funny and energetic at times, while other times they just want to lay around and sleep.

However, because they have a hound nature, they like to chase local wildlife like squirrels and rabbits.

They may sometimes decide to chase small pets like guinea pigs or kittens indoors if you have them.

These dogs are very intelligent and love to please their humans, so you should have no issues with training.

The Plica’s Diet

When it comes to the nutritional needs of your Plica, you have three main things to consider: carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

Protein is the most important consideration in their diet because it supports lean muscle mass as well as the growth and development of healthy tissue.

Protein for dogs should come from animal-based sources like eggs, fish, and fresh meat.

Meat meals are recommended because they are cooked to a low moisture level and provide a highly concentrated source of protein to your dog’s diet.

In addition to protein, your Plica needs a moderate amount of healthy fats in his diet. Fats should come from animal-based sources like fish oil and chicken fat.

Look for a dog food that provides a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Dogs do not have specific needs for carbohydrates, but they do provide vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber to support healthy digestion.

Look for digestible carbohydrates like whole oats and brown rice, as well as vegetables and fresh fruits.

How Much Exercise Does a Plica Need?

The Plica can be a lazy dog if you let him, but he needs at least 30 to 45 minutes a day of strenuous activity to keep them from becoming overweight.

They do not need too much exercise and cannot take too much running and jumping with their small legs and their tendency to get hip and knee injuries.

Some activities that this little dog can enjoy are playing with other dogs at the dog park, going out for walks, and playing fetch.

They may also enjoy just running around the yard at their leisure. A fenced yard is a bonus for them.

Plica Health and Conditions

Plica Breed
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Major health concerns for this breed include platelet dysfunction, brachycephalic syndrome, canine hip dysplasia, and intervertebral disc disease.

Minor concerns include seborrhea, ectropion, entropion, and patellar luxation.

There may be occasional diagnoses gastric torsion, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Von Willebrand’s disease.

Veterinarians may also require them to undergo eye and ear examination, blood and urine analysis, ultrasound, skin evaluation, and x-rays.

My Final Thoughts on the Plica

Loyal to their owner and gentle and friendly to children and other pets in the house, these sweet dogs are wonderful as indoor companions.

However, they do need attention when it comes to toning down their leader instincts because they naturally try to take over the pack.

With proper attention, this can be corrected before it becomes a developed side of their behavior.

Plica dogs are rather easy to train. They also are good merchants, trading treats for tricks.

They will thrive in indoor living, but owners must manifest themselves as leaders so that the dogs will not impose themselves as pack leaders.

These dogs require daily exercises, but up to a moderate level. A good daily walk should do the trick. This will help burn their extra energy.

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