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June 17, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Plott

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  • Height: 21"- 27”
  • Weight: 40-75 pounds, though may occasionally exceed 100 pounds.
  • Historical function: Hunting wild boar and bear
  • Modern function: Hunting, companion
  • AKC classification: Hound

Physical Characteristics:

The Plott, also known as the Plott Hound, is a medium to large-sized hound that is athletic and muscular yet sleek. They are powerful and fast, ideal for hunting. They have well-fitting skin, with a distinctive short, glossy brindled coat that is usually single. The chest and feet may have patches of white. The ears are long, as is the muzzle, which appears square due to loose flews. The loose lips make this breed prone to drooling. The eyes are brown or hazel. The nose, lips, and eye rims are black.

History of the Breed:

The Plott's ancestors were from five Hanoverian Hounds which were imported by Johannes George Plott in 1750. Plott settled in North Carolina where raised a family and further developed the breed which became adept at hunting bear. There are conflicting reports as to whether Plott kept the blood lines pure or if there were crosses with bloodhounds and curs. Regardless, the Plott Hound is the only hound without Foxhound/English lineage. The Plott is the official state dog of North Carolina but is considered to be rare. The Plott Hound was first registered with the UKC in 1946 and admitted to the AKC under the name "Plott" in 2006.   


The Plott is fearless and bold as a hunter but friendly and eager to please as a family member. They will take on a bear or wild boar and will also tree raccoons. This dog is active, fast, courageous and is a ferocious hunter. Is kind and personable in the home. Good with children. Good natured when given adequate exercise.

  • Best suited for: Active families able to fill this dog's considerable exercise needs. Excellent hunting companion.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog does well particularly in rural areas. Can adapt to suburban life with a well-fenced good-sized yard and lots of exercise.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care glossy short coat needs occasional brushing to keep the coat in top form.
  • Exercise needs: Daily long walk, preferably a run.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to bloat. Considered to be the hardiest of all the coonhounds.

Breed Club Links: National Plott Hound Association Perfect Pairings: Knotty Bear Dog Toy

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