(aka: Plott, Plotthund, Plott Coonhound)
Plott Hound Description
The Plott Hound is medium to large in size, and has a sturdy and muscular build. He has an eager and intelligent expression, and large drooping ears. The Plott Hound also has webbed feet. The coat of these dogs is glossy, close, and dense, and the coloring includes blue or brindle, often with black markings.
The Plott Hound should be athletic, muscular, and agile in appearance. It should be neither low-set and heavy, nor leggy and light: it has medium build. Its expression should be one of intelligence, confidence, and determination. Its skin should not be baggy like that of a Bloodhound.
The Plott is a beautiful, strongly built yet moderate hound, with a distinct brindle-colored coat. His appearance suggests the capacity for speed, stamina and endurance.
A cheerful and happy dog, the Plott Hound is a sociable creature that can make a great family pet. These dogs have stamina and determination, and make great companion dogs and pets for active owners and families. Loyal and loving, the Plott Hound has plenty of affection to give, and thrives on the affection and companionship of his owner, which means that he is not well suited to those with little time to dedicate to a pet. These dogs are very courageous, and will not think twice about standing up to a much larger creature. The Plott Hound will need to be socialized early on, and although he is intelligent and quick to learn he can be a challenge when it comes to obedience training.
The sweet natured Plott Hound gets along well with children, as well as with other pets. These dogs have been bred to hunt big game, and if they catch a scent they will be on it right away, which means that you should ensure that the play and exercise area that you provide is safe and secure. The Plott Hound needs plenty of exercise and plenty of space in order to burn off all that energy, so he is not suited to apartment life or for inactive families. He will get along well with strangers in most cases. He has a tendency to bark and raise the alarm if something is amiss, making him an effective watchdog, but he is far too docile to make it as a guard dog.
The Plott Hound is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, and occasional brushing will help to keep his coat in good condition. You should also check that the ears are clean and dry to reduce the chances of infection. These dogs hardly shed at all, and this means that they are ideal for those with allergies.
The Plott Hound is the only American hound without British ancestry. In 1750 Jonathan Plott and his brother left Germany bound for America. They took with them five Hanoverian Hounds. Jonathan Plott's brother died during the trip but Jonathan settled in North Carolina. It was there that he raised a family and bred his dogs. A mix of bloodhounds and curs reportedly comprised the original stock.
For the next 200 years the dogs were bred by generations of Plott family members and were referred to as the Plott's hounds. The dogs worked at hunting bear and raccoon in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains of the Eastern United States. The Plott family rarely put the dogs on the market so they remained rare outside the southern United States. The dogs were recognized for the first time in 1946 by the United Kennel Club. Plotts are hardy and have superior hunting instincts. In 2006 the breed was officially recognized by the AKC as the "Plott" and is now shown as a show dog, but there are many who still hunt and breed them as hunting dogs.
Training a Plott Hound needs to start early in the hound's life. They are very intelligent and easy to train, plus they are highly affectionate towards humans and will work to make their owner's happy at every opportunity. A Plott Hound that is not socialized and obedience trained early can be a real concern for owners as they have a high pain tolerance and are almost impervious to pain when they are in their aggressive or hunting mode, meaning they may continue to fight other dogs until they are seriously injured.
Training should consist of basic obedience work with a high focus on having the dog adjust to working on a lead. Hounds are naturally geared to work ahead of the owners in the hunt, so working from a young age on heeling and close work is essential. With routine training a Plott Hound can be a good dog to work off-leash in the right environment
The Plott Hound is considered the hardiest of the coonhounds. It eats large quantities of food quickly, which makes it susceptible to gastric torsion and life-threatening twisting of the stomach. Do not exercise this dog after a big meal.