Plott Hound

40-55 lbs
20-23"
North Carolina
Plott Cur, Plott

The Plott Hound is an interesting hound with a tenacious nature. He is a loyal and affectionate companion and does well in families with children. The Plott Hound is the only coonhound breed that does not have ties to the Foxhound. He is a very vocal hound and loves to run. The Plott Hound is not necessarily recommended for apartment life because of his vocalization. He is a spirited dog with a bit of a protective streak which makes him an excellent watch dog for your property. Since he is all hound, a tall, secure fence is recommended to keep him from going on the trail of some unsuspecting animal in your neighborhood.  

Purpose
Coonhound and Large Game Hunter
Date of Origin
1750
Ancestry
Bloodhound, Cur, Hanoverian Schweisshunden

Plott Hound Health

Average Size
Male Plott Hound size stats
Height: 23-28 inches Weight: 51-60 lbs
Female Plott Hound size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays

Plott Hound Breed History

Most people do not realize that the Plott Hound is one of the few breeds that were developed within the United States. He is quite unique in that he has strong ties to his German roots and is the only Coonhound that does not descend from the Foxhound. The Plott Hound descends directly from the Hanoverian Schweisshunden which is a type of Bloodhound. Two German immigrants, Johannes Georg Plott and his brother, brought five Hanoverian Schweisshundens with them when they came to North Caroline in 1750. Johannes Plott’s brother died and he changed his name to Jonathan Plott. Plott began cultivating a hound that was able to hunt bear and other large predators. He began breeding the Hanoverian Schweisshundens with Curs and other Bloodhounds. These early dogs were expected to perform multiple jobs around the farm including hunting, protecting and driving livestock and guarding the home from intruders. He had to be hardy enough to hunt in the rough terrain of the mountains in western North Carolina. Today, the Plott Hound is still an all-around dog that has the ability to accomplish many jobs. Being a big game hunter, the Plott Hound was used in 1960 by the emperor of Japan to hunt bears that were attacking villagers and their animals. There were ten Plott Hounds used on this hunting expedition. The United Kennel Club recognized him in 1946. In 1989, North Carolina named the Plott Hound as its official state dog. The America Kennel Club did not officially recognize the Plott Hound as a breed until 2006.

Plott Hound Breed Appearance

The Plott Hound is definitely a hound. He has an intelligent and alert expression and a confident demeanor. He will have either brown or hazel eyes that are prominent on his head with tight fitting eyelids. His nose should be black but can be self-colored or brown. The Plott Hound has a glossy coat that is dense enough to protect him from the elements when he is out hunting. His coat is fine and smooth to touch. There are a few noted Plott Hounds with a double coat that is dense and has a harsher texture. Plott Hounds with a double coat should not be shown in conformation. The most prominent coloring for a Plott Hound is a brindle which means that he has a striped pattern of darker hair over a lighter background.  The most common brindle coloring is black, blue, red, tan or brown. The only other acceptable color is black.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Plott Hound eyes
Hazel
brown Plott Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Plott Hound nose
Black
brown Plott Hound nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Plott Hound coat
Brindle
black Plott Hound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Plott Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Plott Hound Breed Maintenance

The Plott Hound is not a hypoallergenic breed. His short coat is easy to maintain and he should be brushed occasionally, usually once a week or so, to remove loose or dead hairs. In the summer months, the Plott Hound can be brushed monthly rather than weekly unless you notice his coat is loosing its shine. Frequent brushing helps keep his coat and skin healthy and remove dirt from his coat. He can be brushed with a slicker brush or a rubber curry brush. Since he is a hound with typical hound dog ears, be sure to clean his ears weekly and check for foul odors that can be a symptom of an ear infection. His nails will need to be clipped every two to three weeks depending on how quickly they grow. Do not over-bathe your Plott Hound, when necessary; bathe him using a mild shampoo. He does tend to drool and you will need to keep a slobber cloth close by to wipe his mouth. 

Brushes for Plott Hound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Plott Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Plott Hound Temperament

The Plott Hound is a devoted companion and is willing to please as long as he feels it benefits him. Being a hound, he does have a stubborn streak that can make training a little difficult. He loves food and training goes best when treats are used as a reward. Families living in apartments or even subdivisions should not bring a Plott Hound into their family. He is a very vocal dog with his voice being high-pitched and very sharp. Many people may not be thrilled to have a Plott Hound for a neighbor. Daily training for this somewhat high energy dog is essential for his owner to keep his sanity. Generally, the Plott Hound gets along with other animals when he is trained to accept and respect them. Daily exercise is needed to keep him happy and healthy, however, since he is prone to bloat, do not allow him to exercise immediately after eating a big meal. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Plott Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Plott Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Plott Hound size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Plott Hound size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 21 lbs
12 Months
Male Plott Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Plott Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Plott Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Plott Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs

Plott Hound Owner Experiences

Whisper
4 Years
4 People
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cuddle
My family and I got Whisper from a rescue center a year ago and she is very sweet around us. She is very aggressive towards strangers though and is very food and toynagressive. She is was very easy to train though. She loves cuddles and being a couch potato.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
3 Years
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I have walked two Plott Hounds before and they were both extremely sweet! They are both always so excited to go on their walk. One of the Plott Hounds I have walked was great on the leash the entire time. He was so well behaved and so smart. He had quite a bit of an obsession with squirrels! Every single time he saw one, he would freeze, would not take his eyes off of the squirrel, and would move as slowly as he possibly could towards the squirrels. He would not let anything distract him! It was actually pretty impressive to watch. The other Plott Hound pulled a bit on the leash and we never encountered squirrels with her! They were both very affectionate when I was in their home, but much more focused with the outside world on their walk.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
10 Years
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Pebbles is an older Plott Hound. I found her to be true to her working breed. Each time I walked her, she was very friendly, and genuinely seemed excited about the walks. The owner reported that she could cover quite a bit land during walks, and I found this to be the case! She sustained a rapid pace for most of our walks. Being older she would slow down at times, especially if she caught the scent of something she found interesting. Pebbles has those dominate hunting dog traits. She was acutely aware of her surroundings and could sniff out the most well-hidden rabbits. Because of her keen hunting abilities, it took a bit to redirect her, and get back to the walk. Pebbles would pull the leash towards home if I missed the turn that would lead us back. Very intelligent. Again, she is older so she was usually ready to head home after 40 minutes or so. I had to select our route ahead of time as not to loop back around her home to keep her engaged for a 60-minute walk. I found her to be very mannerly; meaning she would check in with me by looking up at me or would slow down if I slowed. I enjoyed walking Pebbles. She is a lovely Plott Hound.
8 months ago
4 Years
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Look out the window
Meet Ruby! Ruby instantly stole my heart when I entered the apartment. There was something about her timid loveable demeanor that the voice in the back of my head told me "no, you cannot steal her!". It could also be that I was so close to adopting a Plott Hound myself except another family beat me to it! Ruby was such a great walker and loved showing her Hound skills with all the pesky squirrels out! She did her job by scaring them all away! Love spending time with this pup! Today I spoiled her with some doggy massages and belly rubs and she repaid me with giving me hugs and kisses! After our walk she went and sat next to her toy elephant and I think my heart melted!
8 months ago
3 Years
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Hide & Seek
Walking
One of my clients, Kona , is just awesome ! She is always so happy to see me and loves rolling on her back and smiling before our walks. Every single time we walk, she always likes to sit down and wait for cars before we continue to walk. Very smart and always a pleasure to walk. She is also very friendly towards other dogs. Whenever we go to the dog park, she play bows to every single dog and loves rolling around!
8 months ago
3 Years
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Hunt
Run
Tug-of-war
Explore
Chase
This breed loves running and playing. They are more of a loner type when outside exploring. They are easily distracted with their nose and scent hunting.
8 months ago
Raina
3 Years
2 People
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I adopted her 6 months ago she was heartworm positive and lived in the shelter for 4 months....she is loving, gentle and stubborn at times. she thinks she is a lap dog LOL
9 months, 3 weeks ago
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