Plott Hound Puppies

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An active, devoted, and adventurous breed

The Plott Hound is an affectionate companion that gets along well with children. These dogs love to explore open spaces and can be very vocal. This breed isn't recommended for apartment spaces because of its loud bark. The Plott Hound is territorial and will make a good watchdog for your family.

Plott Hound At a Glance

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Plott Hound At a Glance

  • Size: 20"-28", 40-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Short, straight, smooth, thick, and glossy
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Hound
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Plott Hound Breed Guide

Learn More About Plott Hounds

  • Temperament

    Plott Hounds can be a little stubborn when it comes to training and listening to commands. Their nature compels them to explore and follow scents, which can make owning them slightly difficult. They are also fiercely loyal and affectionate companions. It is essential to meet their high-energy needs to keep them in line. Their loud bark can annoy neighbors if it isn't kept in check.

  • Health

    The Plott Hound is a relatively healthy breed. They can suffer from gastric torsion and hip dysplasia. Otherwise, as long as they get their required exercise, they are a very hearty breed. They need regular vet checkups and occasional bathing.

  • Activity Level

    A Plott Hound is a high-energy dog that needs daily activity to be content. They need daily long walks and plenty of time to explore open spaces or large fenced-in yards. This breed is not recommended for apartment living or owners who cannot provide the recommended daily exercise.

  • Grooming

    The Plott Hound is a relatively easy breed to groom. Their short hair only needs weekly brushing and the occasional bath to remove any odor. Because they are hounds, Plott Hounds can accumulate dirt and debris as they explore areas. Their toenails will need to be clipped once a month or as needed.

  • Shedding

    Plott Hounds shed a moderate amount. Their short hair is easy to manage and should not accumulate in your home too much. They are not hypoallergenic and are not recommended for allergy sufferers.

  • Appearance

    The most common coloring of the Plott Hound is brindle, which means they are double-coated with a darker shade of fur under a lighter one. Their coat colors can be black, tan, or brown. This breed is hound through and through, so it will carry an alert expression on its square head.

  • History

    The Plott Hound is one of the few breeds to be developed in the United States. They are also one of the few hound breeds not descended from foxhounds. Their origins are traceable to North Carolina in 1750 when Johannes Plott brought 5 German coonhounds with him when he immigrated. The Plott Hound has been used as a watchdog, a livestock manager, and a big game hunter. North Carolina named the Plott Hound its official state dog in 1989. Today, these dogs are beloved for their loyalty and affection.