Plott Hound

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Plott Hound History

The Plott Hound is a long-legged, medium-sized, smooth-hound hunting dog, developed in the mid-1800s. The Plott Hound comes in three coat varieties: long, wire, and smooth. It is a scent hound, used primarily to hunt wild turkeys, although it can also be used for raccoon, bear, deer, rabbit, and squirrel. The expected lifespan for this breed is 12–15 years. The origin of the name is disputed. It is widely believed that the name comes from the French word poulet, meaning “chicken”, referring to its skill at tracking. Another theory is that it is derived from the Appalachian term “pit”, a brook, stream, or spring, meaning “where the water runs”. The term “plot” is said to be from the Middle English “plough”, which meant “a creek or river”. The dogs that settled the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia would have been the “Plotts”. The Plott Hound is a versatile hunter and courageous companion. The Plott Hound is a wonderful family pet, playful, gentle, and trustworthy. It is a lively, loyal, and affectionate companion. The temperament of a Plott can be somewhat quirky, as it is an independent thinker.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Plott Hound Physical Characteristics

The Plott Hound is a medium-large, strong smelling, long-legged, short-backed, low-slung, hound breed of dog, bred in hunting, especially of wild turkey, with its traditional homeland in the Southeastern United States. It has a soft, thick, silky, flat-lying, shaggy, weather-resistant double coat. Its ears are erect (not floppy), triangular, and moderately large. Its tail is straight and is customarily docked. Its nose is wide, with a slightly upturned, blunt muzzle. Its legs are strong and muscular. It is an elegant-looking breed, combining grace, speed, and stamina.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brindle, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 51 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 40 – 55 lbs

Plott Hound Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Plott Hound Health Concerns

Gastric Torsion, Hip Dysplasia

Plott Hound Temperament and Behaviour

The Plott Hound is a loyal and devoted hound that is very intelligent and eager to please. They are an active and athletic breed that enjoys running and playing. They are known to be gentle and loving with their owners, but may be wary of strangers.

Plott Hound Activity Requirements

The Plott Hound is a medium-sized hound that is considered an excellent hunting dog. They are fast, agile, and strong, and they can often be found competing in lure coursing events. Most Plott Hounds should be exercised for at least an hour a day. They can be very high-energy dogs and require a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Running or walking on a leash is a good way to burn off some energy, but you should also plan to spend time playing or training. While they prefer to be with their owners, Plott Hounds do okay as solo pets. They are intelligent and sensitive, and they do well in homes with considerate children. If you are thinking about adopting one, make sure you can provide adequate exercise and attention.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Plott Hound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Plott Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Plott Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Plott Hound is part of the Unclassified group.

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