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About Plott Hound
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Plott Hound is the only
American hound without British ancestry. Given
its unusual name, the Plott hound is a purely
American breed that was started by a German
family of the same name who immigrated to
the United States in 1750.
Seven generations of the Jonathan
Plott family, beginning in the 1750's, bred their
dogs exclusively within the family. A mix of bloodhounds
and curs reportedly comprised the original stock.
The dog's working claim to fame is cold trailing
bear and raccoons in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge,
and Great Smoky Mountains of the Eastern United
States. The Plott Hound is American through and
The Plott family has only rarely
put these dogs on the market; so while the breed
was officially recognized in 1946, it is still rare
outside the southern states. They are extremely
hardy and have superior hunting instincts. They
can make a good family companion but are seldom
kept as one. Most people get these dogs for the
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Plott Hound is a medium-sized,
muscular dog with a short, glossy, dense coat. It
has a long tail which is posed high when the dog
is alert. The large, long ears that hand down along
the sides of the head are characteristic of the
breed. The eyes are large and expressive but not
drooping as in the bloodhound. Their muzzle is long
with a soft mount and large nose. The thigh muscles
are lean and powerful giving it lots of energy.
The strong feet have webbed toes. The Plott is usually
brindle over most of the body no matter what the
The coat color of the Plott has
many variations that can include these backgrounds
with brindling over them: yellow, tan, chocolate,
orange, buckskin, liver, brown, red, gray or blue.
Dark saddles and shading around the face are found
in the breed as well. A few solids appear with no
Smooth, fine, glossy, but thick
enough to provide protection from wind and water.
Rare specimens are double-coated, with a short,
soft, thick inner coat concealed by a longer, smoother
and stiffer outer coat.
Males 45-55 Lbs
Females 40-55 Lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
The Plott Hound is eager to please,
loyal, alert and intelligent. A pack hound with
both inbred and innate skills, the Plott Hound uses
these skills determinedly to pursue whatever prey
his master has chosen. Today that prey may be rabbit,
fox, or coyote, but for years it was boar, bear,
or other large, menacing animal. His personable
natures are surely not evident on the trail when
he turns into an aggressive hunter in pursuit. A
scent hound of coonhound variety, this sturdy, intelligent
hunter will follow its nose to the surliest prey
and fearlessly stand at bay.
Vocalizations of Plott Hound are
of a sharp, high-pitched nature and are music to
those who appreciate it and an annoyance to those
not accustomed t it.
While Plott hounds can be taught
to walk on the lead, it would have to be reinforced
regularly since lunging on lead is permissible while
tracking. To switch between the two schools of discipline
would be difficult and unkind to the breed.
While the Plott Hound is a loving
companion and gentle pet, the trail and the thrill
of the hunt are his first love and these elements
should be part of this breed’s ownership.
The Plott Hound is not for the
first time pet owner and should only be considered
by those with extensive pet ownership or those familiar
with the breed.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
The Plott Hound is not recommended
for urban life. Apartment living would be a disservice
to this breed. The Plott Hound can live and sleep
outdoors provided they have proper shelter. This
breed has no road sense at all and should be kept
in a safe area because they have a tendency to wander.
The Plott Hound tends to drool and slobber and if
kept to a certain area may not be a problem for
some owners. A high-pitched voice distinguishes
it from other coonhounds and should only be heard
in the wide outdoors. This breed is for homes with
large yards or farms that allow it to use its tracking
talents and vocal nature.
Are they suited to homes
The breeds’ "all-in-the-family"
background makes it a fine addition to families
with children. Loyal and intelligent, the Plott
Hound is quick to learn and love children, and is
appreciative of their high activity. They have a
sense of family and need at least children or other
canines for companionship. Non-canine or small pets
are fine in the home but could pose a problem in
an outside setting since they may appear as prey
and thus need to be “tracked”.
How Active is the Breed?
While the Plott hound has pronounced
stamina during exercise and hunting times, he is
a calm, quiet companion when that time is behind
him and is willing to snooze beside you until the
Fetch, catch, tug-of-war and other
games can keep him happy between more extensive
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Young Plott puppies need lead
training and lots of reinforcement if you want your
dog to walk on lead without lunging as it matures.
They love to chew like all puppies and a safe yard
will serve them well while they are young.
The Plott Hound needs a lot of
physical exercise as he matures which may include
a daily, long, brisk walk or jog or an occasional
full-fledged hunting experience. This well-muscled
and rather lean-boned dog has the endurance and
stamina to work all day and well into the night.
The Plott Hound should have chances to run free
but is born a natural hunter and has a tendency
to run off and hunt if they are not kept in a well-fenced
area while exercising off the lead.
Grooming at home should be easy
for the owner, with regular nail clipping and brushing
and baths as needed. A chamois will keep the short
coat glossy. Frequency of bathing will be determined
by the terrain your pet transverses.
Tracking Plotts should be examined
immediately after an event to check for any ticks,
scratches or cuts. Dirt and mud should be washed
off at this time and ears checked for ticks and
foreign matter, then cleaned. Nails should be clipped
regularly if the pet is not walking on pavement
on a lead.
This hound is very neat about
its appearance and will groom himself by licking
in a cat-like way.
The Plott Hound is considered
the hardiest of the coonhounds. The breed can be
ravenous eaters and can consume large quantities
of food quickly, which makes it susceptible to bloat
(gas in the intestine) and gastric torsion, a life-threatening
twisting of the stomach. Exercise too soon after
a big meal could prove fatal to this breed.
Otherwise, the Plott Hound has
few health concerns.
Breeding the Dog and any
Since this breed has been so carefully
bred there are few, if any, concerns that should
affect a healthy breeding outcome. Always check
with your breeder to find an appropriate match for
your pet before breeding.
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