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The Plott Hound

Posted November 05, 2013 in Dog Breeds

Background
The Plott Hound is one of seven breeds of registered coonhounds, and the only one whose ancestry does not trace back to the foxhound. Plott Hounds originated in Germany and were used for hunting boar. Johannes Plott came to the United States in 1750 with the forbearers to these hounds. Plott kept his strain exclusively pure with no outcrosses.

The Plott had multiple jobs during the 19th century including protecting the home, driving livestock, and keeping a watchful eye on the family and children.

The Plott Hound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2006.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 40 to 60 lbs.
  • Height: 20 to 25 inches
  • Coat: Short-medium, fine, smooth, and glossy
  • Color: Brindled, yellow, red, tan, brown, black, grey, and maltese
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years

What’s the Plott Hound like?
The Plott Hound  loves children and will often protect them, making the Plott an excellent family dog. He has a rather loud bark and thoroughly enjoys talking, especially when he’s bored, because he loves attention. Plotts need a fair amount of exercise and would like to accompany you on a nice long walk, or hike. They are very curious dogs and thrive on exploration so when they’re off the leash make sure you keep an eye on them. They are very good at escaping even from the smallest of places.

The Plott can be stubborn and independent so early training is highly recommended. Be patient with the training sessions and use a lot of positive reinforcement because he can be forgetful of what he’s learned.

This Plott was bred for hunting, and would be so excited to go out on the trails with you. He is very fast and can tough it out through many different terrain conditions.

The Plott Hound should be groomed at least once a week with a rubber brush to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.

Health
The Plott Hound is generally a healthy breed but could be susceptible to:

Takeaway points

  • The Plott Hound is extremely easy and quick to groom.
  • The Plott Hound loves children and looks out for them as if they were his own.
  • The Plott Hound would make a great companion for a jogger, hiker and especially a hunter.
  • The Plott Hound follows his nose so installing a fence isn’t a bad idea.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.