The Plott is a no-frills dog, built to follow cold trails at speed over rough terrain and through water in all weather, and to grapple with large animals, including bear, once cornered. It is streamlined and agile, yet powerful with great endurance. The hair is short to medium in length, fine to medium coarse in texture. When trailing, the Plott is bold and confident, not backing down from a challenge. Its voice is open and unrestricted, with a loud bugle-like chop or bawl.
Bred for generations as a bear and coon dog, the Plott's first nature is to sniff up a cold trail and follow it to the end. Yet the Plott makes the transition to family dog with ease, being eager to please and loyal. This is an extremely courageous breed, and, as befitting any good hound, it can be headstrong. Plotts can be wary of strangers, but generally warm up quickly. They are not as gregarious with other dogs as some hounds, and true to their bear-hunting heritage, can be ferocious fighters if pushed. They may tree the family cat!
|20-25 inches (51-63 cm)
|40-75 pounds (18-34 kg)
|Black Black and Tan Blue Brown Red
|United States Germany
|Good In Apartments
The Plott Hound is not recommended for apartment life. It can live and sleep outdoors provided it has proper shelter. This breed has no road sense at all and should be kept in a safe area because it has a tendency to wander.
|Good With Children
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
|Good With Dogs
|Good With Cats
This breed's tremendous stamina makes its exercise needs rather substantial. Regular long walks are required, as well as other outdoor activities where it can burn off some steam.
Moderately Easy Training: Has natural treeing instinct. Proficient in trailing. Should be well socialized at an early age and taught basic obedience.
Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.
Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.