Plott

The Plott is a hunting hound, whose build and carriage suggest balance and grace, speed and agility, intelligence and determination. Moderately sized, it should be neither too heavy and low-set, nor too tall and light. Its head is generally flat and rounded at the crown, held up, with comfortably taut skin. Prominent, brown or hazel eyes give an impression of confidence and curiosity. A muscular neck of medium length gives way to moderately wide ribs and an equally muscular, strong back. The breed has strong fore and hind legs, with front feet set evenly under the body and hind feet set back. The Plott’s coat is smooth, fine and glossy, but still thick, in any shade of brindle – a striped or streaked pattern of light and dark hair. Possible brindle factors include yellow, chocolate, orange, red, gray, blue and black. It may also be solid black or a combination of black and brindle.

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Fast Facts

Miscellaneous (Hound)
11 - 13 years
United States
18th century
50 - 60 lb
40 - 55 lb
20 - 25"
20 - 23"
Plot, Plawt, or Plaut.
Plott Coonhound, Plott Hound

Plott Temperament

The Plott hound is loyal and gentle, always eager to please....

Among the family, it can be a mellow and loving pet that is good around children. When hunting, it is aggressive and bold. As one would expect from a dog bred to hunt bears, the Plott is a fearless fighter and good tracker. Alert and intelligent, the Plott learns commands easily and while it is generally biddable and eager to please, the dog can sometimes display a stubborn and independent side. The Plott tends to be reserved around strangers, and does not readily befriend strange dogs and other pets. Its disposition is usually even across strains, though sometimes a distinction appears between dogs bred for big game and dogs bred as coonhounds.

Caring For a Plott

The Plott needs a lot of exercise and would not be recommended for apartment dwellers....

The dog should be exercised daily and allowed to run freely, and may sleep outside with proper shelter. Plotts like to swim. Because it is a scent dog, it should be accustomed to walking on a leash so as not to run away when it catches a scent. Also because of the breed’s tendency to roam, it should be kept in a well-fenced area. Be sure to socialize and train for obedience when the dog is young. Bred to be hardy with minimal care requirements, the Plott is usually robust. It should not be allowed to eat large amounts at once as it is susceptible to bloating, and should not be exercised after a big meal. An occasional brushing will remove loose hairs, but ears should be checked and cleaned regularly. The Plott tends to drool. Hereditary illness is virtually unknown in this breed, though on rare occasions a Plott may develop canine hip dysplasia.

Plott History

A Brief History of the Plott

In 1750, George Plott arrived in America with five Hanoverian Hounds, and for seven generations his descendants bred their dogs in the mountains of North Carolina....

The dogs came to be called by the family name and were well known as coonhounds. The Plott’s original purpose however was to hunt bears, and small groups of Plotts have been known to tree or even bring down a 500-pound bear. A skilled trailer of cold scents, the Plott is still used to hunt such game as mountain lion. Only one known cross has ever been made in the history of Plott hounds, with the tan and black saddled Blevins, resulting in the black saddle of some Plotts today. The Plott is one of the handful of breeds originating in the United States, and the only of those few breeds without British ancestry. Also the only breed from North Carolina, the Plott was named state dog on August 12, 1989. Because the Plott family only rarely sold its dogs, the breed is rare outside the southern United States. Though the breed makes a good companion, it is generally used for hunting. The Plott entered the AKC registry on August 1, 1998, and was admitted to the Miscellaneous Class on October 1, 1998.