35-45 lbs
United States
Basset Hound
Ori Pei

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 three of these breeds are loving, obedient dogs, the Plica makes an excellent family pet for anyone. They enjoy children as well as other pets and they are easy to train so the Plica is even good for those who have never had a dog before. They come in many different colors such as brown, sable, fawn, silver, brindle, red, black, white, cream, or pied. 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. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Basset Hound and Ori Pei

Plica Health

Average Size
Male Plica size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Female Plica size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Platelet Dysfunction
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Seborrhea
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Gastric Torsion
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • DNA for VWD

Plica Breed History

The Plica is a very new breed that is a designer dog of three different breeds. Therefore, it is best to look at the histories of the parents to determine their history. The Basset Hound is a French dog that has been around since the 1500s, used for hunting rabbits and other small prey. The Basset Hound comes from the French word of bas, which means low thing because of their short legs and small stature. These dogs were bred from the Basset Normand, the Basset d’Artois, and other various hounds. The Friars of French Abbey in Saint Hubert are accredited for the development of the Basset Hound as they were trying to make a slow dog that they could follow during a hunt. It is thought that the Basset Hound was mixed with the Bloodhound in the 1800s and 1930s to make them larger. The breed became popular in 1863 when they were shown in a Paris dog show and their population increased when Elvis Presley dedicated a song to the breed called “Hound Dog” and again when a Basset Hound was a co-star in a sitcom called The Dukes of Hazard. They are the 39th most popular dog according to the American Kennel Club, where they were registered in 1935. The Ori Pei has a short history as it was developed from the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Pug in 1970 by American dog lover, Aaron Silver. He was a fan of the Chinese Shar-Pei but wanted to make them smaller and eliminate some of their hereditary health conditions so he combined the Shar-Pei with the Pug. The Pug is an ancient breed that originated over 2,000 years ago in China. The Ori Pei is not registered with the American Kennel Club because they are not a pure breed but the Chinese Shar-Pei has been a member since 1992 and the Pug was registered in 1885. 

Plica Breed Appearance

Your Plica has a brown or black nose and large brown eyes in their small, round, wrinkly head. The Plica has a short, smooth, 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 has a medium to long tail that is usually hanging straight unless it is wagging, although some dogs can have a tail that curls over their back like the Shar-Pei. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Plica eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Plica nose
brown Plica nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Plica coat
brown Plica coat
red Plica coat
cream Plica coat
fawn Plica coat
silver Plica coat
white Plica coat
pied Plica coat
sable Plica coat
brindle Plica coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Plica straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Plica Breed Maintenance

Your Plica has short, straight fur that is easy to care for but sheds a lot so they need to be brushed often. In fact, it is best to give them a light brushing with a bristle brush or slicker brush every day, if you can. Then, once or twice a week you should give them a thorough brushing with a bristle or pin brush. The Plica does not usually need to be bathed unless they get into something but you may need to use medicated shampoo due to their loose skin and susceptibility to skin conditions. A few times a month your Plica will need her ears cleaned, teeth cleaned twice a week,  and you should trim her toenails when needed. 

Brushes for Plica
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Plica requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Plica Temperament

This designer dog is a mix of three breeds who all have friendly, docile temperaments that make them such wonderful pets. They can be funny and energetic at times while other times they just want to lay around and sleep. However, because they have some of the hound in their blood, they enjoy chasing local wildlife such as rabbits and squirrels. In fact, 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. 

Plica Activity Requirements

The Plica can be a lazy dog if you let her but they need at least 30 to 45 minutes a day of strenuous activity to keep them from becoming overweight. They do not need too much exercise though 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 includes playing fetch, going for a couple of walks every day, and playing with other dogs at the dog park. They may also enjoy just running around the yard at their leisure so a fenced yard is a bonus for them. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Plica Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.60 - $2.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$48.00 - $72.00
food bag monthly cost

Plica Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Plica size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 25.0 lbs
Female Plica size stats at six months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 20.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Plica size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Plica size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Plica size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Plica size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs

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