The Plott Hound, also simply referred to as Plott, is a breed of medium-sized, muscular dog that originated in the United States. It belongs to the hound breed family which is admired for their incomparable hunting skills emphasized by their excellent scenting ability, outstanding speed, and or great stamina. Plotts have been bred to hunt wild animals such as bear and boar. Their fine, glossy coat is smooth in texture, and usually comes in solid black, various shades of brindle, brindle coupled with a black saddle, as well as black enhanced with a brindle trim. Some members of the line have a few white markings around the chest and feet.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Plott Hound breed normally stand a height of 20 to 24 in at the withers, and weigh between 45 to 55 lbs.
Plott Hounds, in general, are kind, personable dogs that make excellent family companions. Although they are sometimes indifferent toward other canines, the breed is very willing and eager to please its owner. They are loyal, intelligent, and very quick to learn. The breed loves to be with their masters, and tends to relate well with children. Plotts are large game hunters that have been known for their courage, determination, and pride. Unlike the usual deep-throated howls of coon-hound breeds, Plotts have a sharp, high pitch voice. Early socialization is highly necessary to make obedience training easier. The breed tends to drool and slobber. They need firm yet gentle owner who can display confident and consistent leadership over them. A great deal of exercise, however, has to be given to keep the breed happy.
Plott Hounds are easy to groom. Their short, sleek coat only needs to be brushed twice a week. Bathing may also be done on an occasional basis. The breed is an average shedder.
Plott Hounds are generally a hardy breed. In fact, they have an average life span of 12 to 14 years. Nonetheless, they are susceptible to a few health issues such as bloat or gastric torsion.
Plotts are not suitable for apartment-living. They need a great deal of exercise, and they love to stay outdoors when possible. They like to be near their family owners, and can adapt to rural-living. Taking them out for long, brisk walks every day would make these scent-hounds happy.