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Plott AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 20-25 in., Female: 20-23 in.
Weight: Male: 50-60 lbs., Female: 40-55 lbs.
Colors: a shade of brindle in streaks or stripes, solid black and buckskin
AKC recognized in: 2006

The Plott Hound’s lineage can be traced back to Germany. From there, it descended from two breeds of German hunting dogs. This breed eventually immigrated to North Carolina where they have spread out ever since. The Plott family, from which this breed gets its name, successfully bred their dogs but rarely put them in the market. This resulted in the breed’s rarity outside the Southern United States.

Plott Hounds were used as hunting dogs mainly for hunting bear and boars. They were also used for searching wolves, coyotes and wildcats. Great courage and impressive stamina makes sure that this dog can keep up with this duty. They were specifically bred to become sturdy and determined. It is still used for hunting today although it has grown popular as a show dog as well.

This medium-sized dog sports a powerful and muscular body. Its skull is quite flat and has a long muzzle. The eyes are prominent and its ears are broad and moderately long. The coat may be single or double. Either way, it is short and glossy.

The Plott Hound gained recognition from the United Kennel Club in 1946. Its recognition from the American Kennel Club came much later and just recently in 2006.


Plott Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

Like other dogs used for hunting, Plott Hounds are full of energy. As such, this breed is alert, swift and has keen senses. Its acute sense of smell makes it a very capable hunter. Loyalty and intelligence are among its most desirable characteristics. Dog training should not prove too difficult with this dog.

Although raised as a hunter, Plott Hounds surprisingly get along with people. Parents should have no problems leaving this dog with their children. For this reason, they make great family pets. Depending on the strain, it may react differently to big game and smaller creatures. Caution should be exercised when it is around non-canine pets. Early socialization is the best answer to this potential problem.

Plott Hounds are courageous dogs. They will not hesitate even when faced with larger animals such as angry bears and other big game. Because of this, a firm hand is needed in dealing with this breed of dog.

Unlike other hounds, this breed has a high-pitched voice. Some may find this irritating especially when done inside the house.


The average lifespan of the Plott is 12 to 14 years.

While the Plott is generally a healthy dog, it is susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Gastric Dilatation-volvulus - This is a life-threatening condition where the stomach becomes distended with gas or air, and then twists. This can happen with all deep chested dogs, especially if they eat their meal rapidly or drink large volumns of water. If this happens, it is extremely important that you get your dog to a vet immediately.
  • Hip Dysplasia - Where the thigh bone does not fit snugly into the hip joint. This can lead to severe lameness or arthritis. A dog diagnosed with hip dysplasia should never be bred, as this is an inherited condition.
  • Elbow Dysplasia - A condition involving several developmental anomalies of the elbow joint in the dog. This keeps the three bones that make up the joint to fit together imperfectly, causing irritation and pain.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease - This is a blood disease that causes a deficiency in clotting glycoproteins. This disease is similar to hemophilia in humans.
  • Hypothyroidism - An under-active thyroid gland, which can result in obesity, epilepsy, lethargy, and skin conditions.


This breed has demanding physical requirements. Its exercise regimen should include various physical activities such as brisk walking, running and jogging. Of course this requires a lot of space making this breed not suitable for life in the inner city. Due to its susceptability to bloat, it is not recommended to exercise or put her through any strenuous physical activity after a big meal.

Plott Hound Book

Want to learn more?

The Story of the Plott Hound: Strike & Stay was written by Bob Plott, a direct descendent of Johannes Plott, the man credited with bringing the Plott to America in 1750. This 192 paqe soft covered book goes into the history of the Plott in the detail only someone of that lineage can provide. If you are interested in how the breed was developed into what it is today, I highly recommend this book.

Or you can search for other books about the Plott.

Visitor Comments

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Bryan says...
We have a 5 yr old plott hound rescued from backwoods TN. We would love to breed her...she is the best dog ever!! I have searched for plott hound studs but have had no luck. We can't even find an adult male in the area. Any suggestions? Thanks
13th August 2014 8:59pm
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Karen says...
We adopted our Plott from Baby Dog Rescue in Lufkin, TX. They rescued her the day she was scheduled to be put to sleep at the county pound. I saw her picture online and fell instantly in love with her, so I contacted them and drove from Houston to make her part of our family. She is 5 months old now and is exactly to AKC standards except her tail is shortened and has a crook at the tip. Vet said she could have been in a big litter with not enough room to grow or the spine just didn't grow completely to give her the long sharp tail. She is buff brindle (striped) and her name is Marble. We plan on having her spayed as we do not want to breed her or expand the population of unwanted dogs. She is wonderful with everyone but a bit rough for our 17 yr old Basenji mix (also adopted at 2 mos.), whom she has already passed in size and weight. At almost 5 months she weighs over 27 lbs. Marble has become a great companion for our entire family.
20th August 2014 1:33am
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Mike says...
I own a Plott hound named Loopy and he is the best friend I have ever had (plus Champ, a Bull Mastiff). Loop is wonderful with my grandkids, affectionate and devoted. He is a great watch dog as well. I do not hunt with him because he was meant as a pet, but he very quickly became family. Fully housebroken, his keen sense of hunt is obvious when we venture out. We got him at around 4 months old and he has only had 2 accidents in the house, both of those were very early in his training. At 7 years old now, his face is starting to gray a little, but his dark, brindle coat is still magnificent. They are a wonderful breed and highly recommend them.
22nd December 2015 6:21pm
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