Plott Hound Dogs

Plott Hounds have a split personality, but in a good way. Around the home, they are gentle and agreeable, excellent with children and perfectly happy to hang out in the living room. Plotts love their families and want to be included in all group activities. However, out on the trail, Plott Hounds take on a different persona: focused, alert, determined and energetic. Whether you live in the city or the country make sure your Plott Hound gets lots of time outdoors.

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Quick Facts

  • 45 - 55 pounds
  • 20 - 24 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Outdoorsy types
    • Families with older children
    • Active singles

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Trademark Traits

    • Athletic
    • Steady
    • Hardy
    • Friendly
    • Relaxed

Things You Should Know

Plott Hounds can live as long as 15 years with few genetic health issues. Some may be prone to bloat, so make a habit of feeding them smaller portions. Because of its size and hunting instincts, the Plott Hound might not be happy living in an apartment. A large, fenced yard is ideal. These dogs are quick and naturally curious, so make sure to keep them on a leash in public.

Plott Hound History

Developed by a German immigrant family in North Carolina (the Plott Family), the Plott Hound probably derived from a mix of German hounds and North American Curs. Bred for several centuries as bear hunters and trackers, Plott Hounds later became popular in the U.S. as coonhounds.

The Look of a Plott Hound

Plott Hounds have lean, muscular frames covered in tight, smooth, brindle-colored coats that often have streaks or stripes. They can also be found in black and red. Plotts have flat, slightly rounded, clean-cut heads with square muzzles, dark brown eyes and thin, low-hanging ears. They have straight, muscular legs and long tails that sometimes curl up like a hook. Overall, Plott Hounds have a smooth but durable look.

Talk About Plott Hounds 

Excellent guard dog

Our 9-year-old Plott Hound was rescued from the pound four years ago. She is beautiful, affectionate, very well-mannered, easy to care for, and an excellent guard- and watchdog. Everyone who meets her wants her for their own.

Her only drawbacks are that she can be too aggressive toward other dogs, and she is afraid of anything that beeps and becomes clingy.

~Lisa, owner of a Plott Hound

My Plott Hound has nine lives

While a college student, along with my wife, we took a stray dog, that we later discovered had distemper. He was so emaciated that he weighed about 30 lbs.

The vet said we could put him to sleep or try some antibiotics to pull him through. He came through, and we named him Zeke.

Later on he had other accidents and illness, such as being hit by a car, while trying to check out female dog. Another time, he was actually stolen from us (he was a very handsome, good looking brindle and black striped coat). After two weeks he returned home, looking pretty beat-up from his travels. The reason we know he was stolen was a year later we ran into a lady, who recognized him and told us her boyfriend had taken him, and they lived about 40 miles outside of our town.

Then lastly, Zeke, picked up salmonella while in the woods from some fish I believe. Anyway, again the vet did not think he had this, as he shook the illness in a couple of days, but the vet later confirmed it after doing some tests on him.

Zeke did suffer from dry skin and his coat would become 'splotchy' from hair loss. He was prescribed with medication for his skin, which he took most of his life; it had to have shortened it, but he lived till he was 14+.

A very strong dog, with a great howl, and was very easygoing with everybody and other dogs. Although, should a dog interrupt him, while he had a bone, then there was trouble. I would recommend this breed to anyone.

~Gary S., owner of a Plott Hound

Sticks to me like glue

Elke is a most endearing dog. You can search her name to read more about her history. We got her when she was a little over a year old with complications due to a fractured leg.

She has surprised us in being very different from the stereotype of a hound, yet she is still quite houndlike in many aspects. For example, despite a 6-screw bone plate still in her leg and being 11 years old now, Elke is active in agility. She tears up the course! She is extremely loyal and sticks to me like glue, but does not appreciate cuddling. Even though Elke notices every mistake I make (she hound-dog barks at me during agility if I make the slightest deviation), she is as fast as a Labrador to forgive.

Elke absolutely loves babies of all kinds! She is the most gentle dog to children. However, she does not like being poked and prodded. She'll get up and pout in another room if someone tugs her ear. We got a puppy 6 years ago. She was overjoyed for a week, just doting on her new puppy. The second week she walked around with a sad look for a while wondering why the puppy had her bed, her toys, and kept interrupting nap time. It was because Elke let her. She loved her new sister so much, she wouldn't ever say no. To this day, Eowyn tells Elke what to do, but they couldn't be closer friends.

My advice to a new Plott owner is to find out who your dog is and let them be true to themselves. We signed Elke up for nose work, and she didn't like it. She didn't like swimming, either, despite her webbed feet. But after the second agility class, Elke's eyes have never sparkled so bright! That was her thing.

These hounds are much smarter than they seem. Elke has a vocabulary of known commands with more than 50 words. Yet if you say or do something that is hurtful, she will shut down or turn into a nervous wreck for hours. It's amazing how fast she can go from snapping through obedience commands like a champ to not being able to figure out what “sit” means if I come across in a way that hurts her feelings.

If you are looking for an active outdoor dog, that makes a great house pet too, this is the breed for you. Plotts rarely have any health problems at all. Raised or trained around other animals and small children, they can be trusted. Otherwise, most hounds think it's great fun to chase kitties.

All hounds make lots of noise, so be okay with that before you make your choice. They take great joy in hearing their own voices. Forcing them to stay quiet shuts their personalities down.

~Kathleen D, owner of a Plott Hound

Never own another type of dog again

I adopted Deacon from a rescue group when he was 3 months old. He had never been inside a house prior to that time. It took about 2 weeks to housebreak him, and while he is an outdoor dog, we don't have a yard so he goes to daycare all day. He does just fine with it and loves it.

Plotts are very intelligent and adult friendly. Be very careful around kids when you have your Plott out and about -- kids are very curious about them because they are striped (like a tiger!) but the Plott isn't always a kid friendly breed -- especially if the kids are quick to get up in the dog's face.

The Plott is very dog aggressive, especially with other large breeds. Deacon was attacked by a pit bull twice in a dog park -- the first time he tore the ear off the pit, the second time he pretty much pinned the dog down and was starting to maul him when I pulled him off. They won't always start a fight but they will get into them, especially if food is around, so watch them carefully in dog parks.

They do eat quickly and are prone to stomach problems -- we almost lost Deac to HGE when he was 2. He also had giardia when I got him. Other than the HGE, which has totally cleared up, he has had no health problems and gets a clean bill of health at every checkup.

Deacon loves to have the family close by and we love him so much - he travels very well in the back of our SUV . He gets on the furniture even though we don't allow it (and have several beds for him) -- that seems to be a breed thing. Shedding can be bad but isnt too awful when compared to Huskies, etc.

Plotts don't bay or howl so if you want a quiet(er) hound, this is the breed. They do make some noises, kind of like muted grunts (they are funny, though) like they are talking to you when they want something. Barking can be loud, but is done with the intent of warning you.

I grew up with rescue Dobermans and Labradors, but I will never own another breed other than a Plott after this.

~Ben L, owner of a Plott Hound

A personality as complex as her coat!

June is a rescue, taken out of a kill shelter in the South. When we first took her to the vet for check-ups at 3 months old, we were told that her microchip brought up records from 6 weeks of age, when she had been picked up as a stray.

Due to her history, meeting new people is very stressful and difficult but she is making great strides. She is shy, mostly around men, but if you bring another dog around, her walls come right down! She is very playful, and the perfect companion for my husband and me. She lives to swim, hike, and play in the mud.

Keep in mind that these dogs are very active! We recently moved from a house to an apartment with a small yard, and we have been taking her daily to the dog park due to her need to run. She has even out-run greyhounds! I'm not sure if it's specific to the breed, but she will herd other dogs at the park by nipping at their heels. Also, she does very well in the car - sleeps the whole time - so vacations are perfect with her.

We are enrolling her in scent training, as she is through-and-through a scent hound! She has trained very well in her obedience classes, and learned commands at home very quickly. We could not have been blessed with a more loyal friend. She has truly been an amazing addition to our family.

Other info: She's under the weight bracket at 41lbs;, but very healthy. We have only had to bathe her five or six times this year (once, due to skunk spray!) They are natural hunters, be prepared for treeing and stalking of squirrels and rabbits. She will howl, but only when she thinks she's alone, very shy. Many Plotts I've seen have hind dew claws. We elected not to remove hers and have had no issues as they are VERY small. Other Plotts have been known to eat quickly, but June eats very casually.

~Brittany , owner of a Plott Hound