The Plott Hound, commonly referred to simply as the Plott, is a unique hunting breed that descends not from the English Foxhound but rather from the German Hanover Hound, known as the Hannoverischer Schweisshund. Today’s Plott Hound remains courageous and well-suited to hunting large game both competitively and for sport.
As a breed, Plotts are eager to please, loyal, intelligent, brave and alert. When hunting, they become enormously aggressive and fearless, earning their reputation as one of the finest bear trailing and treeing breeds.
Plotts tend to be vocal and have a distinctly recognizable howl. They also tend to drool. This is the State Dog of North Carolina.
The Plott is a medium to large sized dog with a muscular build. It has a proportionate head; prominent eyes which are brown or hazel in color; high set ears which are medium in length, slightly pendulous and lie close to the cheeks; a strong muzzle of moderate length which is slightly square in appearance; black nose; taut, black lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite.
The tail of this breed is slightly low-set, with a strong base and tapering towards the end. It has a prominent curl and is carried upright. The tail is never carried over the back. The breed has long, slender legs with padded feet.
The coat of this breed is short, smooth, fine and glossy. Some specimen of this breed might also have a double coat. The color of the coat can be different shades of brindle; or black.
History and Health of the Plott Hound Dog Breed: The Plott Hound’s origins began in Germany where the Hanoverian Schweisshund was used for hunting and tracking.
After these Schweisshunds were brought to the US, the breed was further developed through the introduction of new tracking and hunting breeds.
The Plott Hound Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is loving and loyal.
The Plott sheds very little hair. Its short and glossy coat is easy to maintain. Brushing its coat once or twice in a week with a firm bristle brush and rubbing its body with a damp towel once in a week are sufficient to maintain a healthy looking coat.
It should be bathed regularly using a mild shampoo. Regular trimming of the nails is advised to avoid injuries. Its eyes and ears should be cleaned properly to avoid any infection.