Plott Hound

Plott Hound dog breed
Plott Hounds are independent-thinking scenthound dogs. Photography by Will Hughes / Shutterstock.

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 45 – 55 pounds
  • Height: 20 – 24 inches

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.


  • Athletic
  • Steady
  • Hardy
  • Friendly
  • Relaxed

Ideal Human Companion

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Families with older children
  • Active singles

What They Are Like to Live With

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.

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.

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