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Plott Hound

Plott Hound

Plott Hound dogs are medium size Coonhounds that were originally used for hunting bears, wild cats, raccoons and other such animals. This breed of dogs was brought from Germany but bred in America by Jonathan Plott.

Henceforth, the successive generations of the Plott family bred these dogs for the next 200 years but did not put them on the market.

The name Plott Hound, as you must have understood by now, has been derived from this ancestry initiated by the Plott family. Interestingly, these dogs are often characterized by a sharp and high pitched voice instead of the deep throated howl associated with other Coonhounds.

Physical Appearance

The steady and hardy Plott Hound breed dogs are athletic and muscular in build. The brown or hazel colored eyes are prominent but not deep set. The medium sized droopy ears are fairly broad and set high. The nose, lips and eye rims tend to be black in color. The long tail that is carried free is generally moderately heavy in appearance.

Color: These dogs are mostly available in any shade of brindle, for instance, liver, tan, brow, chocolate, yellow, red, orange, blue etc. However, they are also available in solid black and black saddle or black with brindle trim.
Height: The average height of Plott Hound dog breed is usually 20 to 24 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of both male as well as female Plott Hounds generally ranges between 45 to 55 pounds.

Health Problems

Plott Hound is a relatively healthy dog breed with less number of health issues. But, these dogs tend to suffer from gastric torsion or bloating, particularly when they eat the food hastily. Consequently, it is often recommended not to engage these dogs in strenuous activities until a few hours after large meals.

Life Expectancy: The average Plott Hound life expectancy is generally 12 to 14 years.
Litter Size: Plott Hound litter size is usually about 4 to 10 puppies.

Grooming Requirements

The short and smooth hair coat of a Plott Hound does not require extensive efforts for grooming. You simply need to brush and comb the hair coat only occasionally, preferably on a weekly basis. Moreover, these dogs are fairly clean and need to be bathed only when necessary.

Other Plott Hound grooming activities include nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing etc. The hair coat tends to shed lightly. Also, do check your dog for ant split pads on the feet, torn nails and ticks and fleas after hunting.


Plott Hound temperament can be described as courageous, intelligent, loyal and responsive. Plus, these steady and hardy dogs are quick to learn and hence considered easily trainable. Apart from training, early socialization is also equally important for these dogs so as to avoid behavioral problems. They are usually friendly with small children and compatible with other family pets as well.

Although, the same can not be said about their attitude towards strangers as they tend to be wary of strangers. On the positive side, though, this means that these alert and confident dogs can serve as good watchdogs.

Plott Hounds make for good family pets and generally show great interest in doing activities that win them the trust and affection of their owners. However, they tend to become bold and aggressive during hunting pursuits.

Key Points

These dogs need plenty of exercise to remain physically fit. Consequently, they are not considered good for urban settings, especially for sedentary apartment lifestyle. They like to stay outdoors to engage in play activities and explore the environment. Therefore, they should be provided with properly fenced, large sized yards.

In addition, they also need to be taken for long daily brisk walks. These dogs are generally not recommended for inexperienced first time dog owners. Also, when getting a Plott Hound, make sure you do not have any problem with the dog’s tendency to drool and slobber.