Plott dog

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Plott At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)


Large. Weight: Males 50–75 lbs; Females 40–65 lbs Height: Males 20–27 inches; Females 20–25 inches


Thick, smooth, and fine.


Any shade of Brindle including Yellow, Buckskin, Tan, Brown, Chocolate, Liver, Orange, Red, Light or Dark Gray, Blue or Maltese (Slate Gray), Dilute Black, Black; May have White markings

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Plott hound has a distinctive bark that lets his hunter owners know he has found his prey.

Plott Overview

When the Plott brothers emigrated from Germany to the US, they brought with them the ancestral stock of the Plott, or Plott Hound. They were used in the Smokey Mountains for a variety of game, including bear. The breed shifted over to becoming a coonhound as hunting of raccoons increased, and the breed continues to have the ability today to find, bay, and tree their prey.


Plott Characteristics

This dog has a typical hound appearance of lanky body and smooth coat, as well as large, round ears. The ears give them a  happy and comical appearance. His deep baying howl and ability to find trails, even cold, make him an excellent hunter. The breed is still popular as a hunting dog to this day.


Plott Temperament

While tough and driven toward his prey, he is a great companion animal and friend. He does well with people of all ages, and is curious and courageous. His happy nature makes him loved, and his ability to transition from the home to the hunt is smooth and easy. The one down-side of this breed is that they tend to drool profusely.



Plott Care

The breed will live on average 12 to 14 years, a bit above average for other breeds their size. Health concerns are few, but one major concern is bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus, due to their size. Proper veterinary care and good preventive care will help keep him healthy and happy.


Plott Coat

The short coat only requires occasional brushing or a combing with a hound glove to remove dead hairs and stimulate the skin. However, their long drooping ears are prone to infection, so care should be taken to keep the ears clean and dry whenever possible.


Plott Training

They are easy to train when it comes to anything hunting related. They naturally pick up the trail and respond to their owner’s commands. They can, however, only want to hunt and ignore other obedience commands of their owner. Patience and reward-based training are key to keeping their attention.


Plott Activity

Like most hounds, they need lots of activity to keep from becoming bored and destructive. Hunting is the best way to keep him active physically and mentally, even if the prey is not captured at the end. Daily walks, lots of exercise and fun on trails will keep them a happy hound.

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