Plotts are classified as coonhounds and they’ll happily pursue the wily ringtail all night long, heedlessly charging through the moonlit woods and bawling in a loud, chopping bark. But at heart, they’re still bear dogs. “Sand runs in their blood, they’re so full of grit,” one hunter says. “They will not stop.” The same grit it takes to chase a bear up a tree will completely overwhelm a novice owner. Advice to first-timers intrigued by the hangdog charm of hounds: Try a Beagle.
Did You Know?
At the May 2006 Board Meeting the Plott became eligible to compete in the Hound Group, effective January 1, 2007.
The Hanoverian Schweisshund (bloodhound), or ancestor of the Plott, in this specific case, is respected for its ability to locate a wounded animal even though the trail is a week or more old.
The Hanoverian, a brindle or red big game tracker, was developed by crossing an ancient, huge, trailing hound much like the St. Hubert with a lighter and faster hound, and it is still a favorite with German gamekeepers.
The Plott is named after a family of German immigrants who moved to America, and the breed was created in America.
The Plott was a mountain breed, raised and trained to hunt animals such as bear and wild boar.
Plott "music" is distinguished by a loud, ringing chop on the track and the tree, although bawl or squall trailing mouths are also acceptable.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Grayings Muzzle & Jaw||112|
|White Chest & Feet||111|