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Plott Hound
Characteristics, History, and Health

Plott Hound

The Plott Hound is a breed of scent hound that originated in Germany and was brought to the United States in the 18th century. The breed's history traces back to the Plott family, a group of German immigrants known for their exceptional hunting skills. Upon arriving in North Carolina, the Plott family bred their hounds with local dogs, resulting in the development of the Plott Hound we know today. The breed's excellent tracking abilities and endurance made it popular for hunting big game, such as boar and bear.

Main Info
United States
Alternate Names
Plott, Plotthund, Plott Cur
Life Expectancy
12-14 years
Average Male Height
20-25 inches
Average Female Height
20-23 inches
Average Male Weight
50-60 pounds
Average Female Weight
40-55 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
"Gray Brindle, Blue Brindle, Black Brindle, Black, Yellow Brindle, Tan Brindle, Orange Brindle, Maltese, Buckskin, Red Brindle, Brown Brindle, Chocolate Brindle, Liver Brindle "
Coat Pattern
"Grayings Muzzle & Jaw, White Chest & Feet, Black Saddle, Brindle Trim "

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Plott Hounds are known to be generally healthy dogs, but as a larger breed they are at risk for developing orthopedic problems, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They are susceptible to bloat, also known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition that can come on suddenly, so it’s important to know the warning signs and get an affected dog immediate veterinary care. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following specific conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.

Personality and Behavior

Plott Hounds are known for their courage, intelligence, and determination. They are loyal and affectionate towards their families, making them great companions and watchdogs. Due to their hunting background, they possess a strong prey drive and may have a tendency to chase small animals. Early socialization is essential to ensure they get along well with other pets and animals.

Fun Facts

The Plott Hound is the official state dog of North Carolina, USA, in recognition of its historical significance and contributions to hunting.

They are exceptional treeing dogs, meaning they can chase game up a tree and keep it there until the hunter arrives.

Plott Hounds are known for their distinctive "bugle" or "bawl" vocalization while on the hunt.

This breed's adaptability and endurance make them suitable for various dog sports and activities, such as agility and tracking trials.