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Plott Hound

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Plott Hound

The Plott Hound is a bear and boar specialist. This medium, yet powerful breed is usually brindle in color. It has a short, glossy coat that is thick enough to provide sufficient protection from the wind and water. The long, droopy ears are never cropped and should have very little to no erectile power. Plotts have wide nostrils and usually work with their heads down close to the ground. The skin around the head is moderately tight. The eyes are usually brown or hazel and are prominent rather than deeply set. This breed's expression should be confident and determined, but never sad. The muzzle is moderate in length and the teeth meet in a sissor or level bite. The topline gently slopes and is slightly higher at the withers than at the hips. They have webbed toes on their strong feet. The tail is long, saber-like and is held high when the dog is alert.

Temperament The Plott Hound's "family" background makes it a great companion dog. They are affectionate and good with children. This scent-hound is determined, proud and courageous. Plotts are very tough hounds who not only can cold-trail a 500-pound bear or a boar, but can stand up to that type of game when they have it cornered. They have a fine nose, a beautiful voice, and are easily trained. Early socialization and obedience training of this breed is essential. This breed also slobbers and drools.
Height, Weight Height: 20-24" ; Weight: 45-55 lbs.
Health Problems The Plott is a very hardy coonhound. He tends to eat fast, sometimes causing gastric torsion or the twisting of the stomach, which can be life-threatening. Allow the dog to rest after a big meal.
Living Conditions Plotts should not live in an apartment. They can survive outside with proper shelter. This breed has no road sense, so keep them in a safe area as they may pick up a scent and wander off.
Exercise Plotts need plenty of exercise. These high endurance dogs can work all day and all night. They should have the opportunity to run off their lead occasionally while in a safe and enclosed area.
Life Expectancy About 12-14 years
Grooming The short, glossy coat of this breed is easy to care for. Brush or comb weekly to remove dead hair. Check and clean ears often. Also check the pads and nails for tears and check the skin for fleas and ticks.
Origin When sixteen-year-old Jonathan Plott immigrated to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1750, he brought with him his Hanoverian-type schweisshunds. The descendants of these hounds were fostered, bred and hunted by seven generations of Plotts. As generations of Plotts grew, so did their generations of hounds. The Plott's hounds ran the mountainsides for over 200 years. Used on a variety of game, these hounds were excellent bear dogs. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound