AKC Group: Hound
20 - 25 inches (Male)
40-60 pounds (Male)
Plott Hounds are intelligent and alert. They're barkers and noted for their stamina. They need lots of exercise or they'll become destructive. They're often aggressive with other animals and suspicious of strangers.
Smooth, fine and glossy, but thick enough to provide protection from wind and water. Occasional brushing is all that's needed. Ears set fairly high on its head; tail hangs down.
Any shade of brindle - a streaked or striped pattern of dark hair on a lighter background. Eyes are brown or hazel.
There would be no Plott without the Plott family. Their story started in the 1700s, when 16-year-old Johannes Plott and his brother, Enoch, emigrated from Germany to the United States with their Hanoverian-type schweisshunds, who formed the foundation for today's Plotts. For seven generations Plotts have bred and raised these dogs in the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee. As generations of Plotts married and raised families in other parts of the mountains, their hounds spread with them. Used on a variety of game, these hounds were especially efficient at hunting bears. The original schweisshunds were crossed with other hounds and cur-type dogs known for their treeing ability. In the 1920s Blevins Hounds were crossed in, which produced two legendary hounds who became known throughout the vast mountain range. Almost all modern registered Plotts trace to one or the other of these pillars. They became known as "coonhounds" because there were many more people participating in this type of hunt than in bear or large game hunting, but the breed has retained its original - and exceptional - abilities to cold trail, bay and tree bears and other large game. Today, Plotts are used to hunt all kinds of game.
For as tough and agile a hunter as the Plott is, he is an equally talented companion animal, gentle and kind with people of all ages, and a true friend. He is intelligent and curious, as well as extremely tenacious and courageous - traits that keep him focused on the trail and able to hold even large game at bay until the hunter arrives. The Plott also has a sense of humor, relishing games and play on the trail and at home.
City life is not ideal for the Plott. He needs the great outdoors and a chance to use his skill as a hunter to be content. Although his coat is short, it is thick enough to provide adequate protection from the elements. If not kept on leash while being walked, he will roam, looking for an interesting scent. He is a large dog with a tendency to drool, but for those wanting a fine hunting dog and home companion, he has no equal.
Plotts were born to hunt - it's what they enjoy and what most owners use them for.
The large, athletic Plott needs plenty of exercise, without which he will become bored and restless. If allowed to work trails at least a couple of times a day, he will get the physical and mental stimulation he requires.
Plotts are enthusiastic eaters who will usually gobble whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. In their early years they can expend a lot of energy playing and hunting, and they need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they require.
Plotts are eager and responsive - especially when it comes to figuring out what's desired on the trail - and are fairly easy to train. They can be single-minded about hunting, but if worked in a positive and rewarding way, will quickly and gladly master their other lessons.
The Plott gets along well with children and people of all ages. He is friendly with other dogs and can even get along with cats and other pets if properly socialized.
The average life span of the Plott is 12 to 14 years. Common health problems may include bloat.
At one time, the breed was referred to as the "Plott Cur."
The Plott's short coat is easy to keep clean with an occasional brushing and going over with a hound glove. Attention should be paid to his ears, which should be kept clean and dry to prevent infection.
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