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Plott Hound


Life span: 12-14 Years

Height: 24 – 28 inches (male), 20 – 25 inches (female)

Weight: 50 – 60 lbs. (male), 40 – 55 lbs. (female)

The Plott Hound is a large-sized breed from the scent hound group. This muscular breed has a muscular, sturdy build that makes it well-suited for hunting dangerous game, such as bears, boars, and even raccoons. Noted as being the state dog of North Carolina, the Plott has a short, smooth coat that varies in color, from solid black to blue brindle and red brindle.

This loyal breed is quite docile, when it’s good for him. Otherwise, they are stubborn and vocal, so treats are always a good idea when giving them a command. They get along well with other household pets when trained properly.

Physical Characteristics

Their ears are large, with a long tail that has a slight curve at the end. The eyes can be brown or hazel, with a brown or black nose. Their coat is dense, short, and straight. Coat colors include brown and black, sometimes including both colors in the same coat (bi colored).


Developed in the United States, this breed is the only Coonhound that does not have the Foxhound as an ancestor. Instead, it is descended from the Hanoverian Schweisshunden, a type of bloodhound. Five of these bloodhounds were brought into North Carolina in 1750 by Johannes Georg Plott and his brother, who were two German immigrants. When his brother died, Johannes changed his name to Jonathan. He then began crossbreeding his dogs with Curs and other Bloodhound breeds. The purpose of the resulting dogs was to care for the farm, protecting it, herding livestock, and even hunting large predators, all in the rough terrains of the mountains. In 1960, ten Plott hounds hunted bears that threatened villages for the Japan emperor. In 1946 they were accepted by the United Kennel Club, and in 1989 they were named the official state dog of North Carolina. However, the American Kennel Club did not accept them until 2006.


This loyal breed is quite intelligent and loves to please their owners, as long as there’s something in there for them too. However, they can be quite stubborn at times, and having treats around during training is recommended. They are highly vocal dogs and may not be ideal for a quiet neighborhood. They get along well with other household pets, as long as they are trained to do so. Although they do need daily exercise, do not exercise them right after they have eaten.


Ths breed is very healthy, however, they may suffer from:

Gastric dilatation-volvulus, or bloat, is a mortal disease in which large chested dogs are affected by eating quickly, drinking lots of water and exercising after. This causes the stomach to inflate with gas and twist, making the dog unable to get rid of the excess air through vomiting, which impedes the normal blood flow to the heart. Its blood pressure then goes down and the dog goes into shock. Without proper, and immediate, medical attention, this could be fatal. Its symptoms may include: retching without vomiting, bloated abdomen, excessive salivation, restlessness, depression, rapid heart rate, weakness, etc.


This breed needs only weekly brushing and an occasional bath. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are highly energetic and need plenty of daily exercise, preferably in the form of long walks or runs, accompanied with play sessions throughout the day with their family. This breed may be a bit difficult to train, but it is essential that they are properly trained. Otherwise, they might become aggressive with their toys and destructive if bored, which is also why they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time.  


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