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The Plott hound is an athletic, agile and very
courageous hunting dog. Ancestors of this breed
were developed in Germany to hunt wild boar. In
1750, several of these dogs were brought to the
United States by native German Johannes Plott.
Johannes settled in North Carolina and throughout
generations, the Plott family bred their legendary
hunting dogs which were used to hunt bear.
The Plott is the only breed known to have been
developed in North Carolina and in 1989, they
were officially recognized as their State Dog.
In 1998, The American Kennel Club recognized the
Plott as a distinctive breed and in 2007 they
were moved into the Hound group.
height for a male Plott at withers is between
20- 25 inches (50.8 - 63.5 cm) and 20 - 23 inches
for a female (50.8 - 58.4 cm). AKC Standard.
weight for male Plotts is between 50 - 60 lbs.
(22.7 - 27.3 kgs) and for female Plotts - 40 -
55 lbs. (18.2 - 25 kgs). Weight and height should
be in proportion. These weight measurements are
according to the AKC Standard and are determined
based on the Plott breed hunting condition.
Coat Type: The
Plott's coat can be from fine to medium in texture,
short, smooth, glossy and thick. There are some
Plotts which have a double coat, although rare.
The undercoat is shorter than the outer coat,
soft and thick. Plotts do not shed much and an
occasional brushing or use of a pet glove is all
that's necessary to keep the coat in good condition.
Bath only when needed.
color of the Plott's coat according to the AKC
Standard is any shade of brindle is preferred.
Plotts are swift, courageous, alert and intelligent.
This is a loyal breed which makes a good companion
and family pet. Plotts are easy to train as they
learn quickly. Plotts have great stamina and when
hunting, they are known to be fearless and aggressive
on game. This breed should be exercised daily
- long walks and the opportunity to run free are
essential. Keep in mind, Plotts are natural hunting
dogs, so if not on a leash, they should be in
a secure area.
Health Concerns: Plotts
are generally a very healthy and hardy breed although
they are prone to bloat. The average life expectancy
of a Plott is between 12 - 14 years.
• There are six registered UKC Coonhound
breeds and the Plott (along with the American
Leopard Hound) are the only ones that do not trace
their ancestry to the foxhound.
• The Plott is the only breed known to have
developed in the state of North Carolina. In 1989,
the Plott was officially recognized as the North
Carolina State Dog.
• The Plott has a natural treeing instinct.
• The Plott has webbed feet.
AKC: Hound Group