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Plott

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A Loyal Scenthound

Courageous, devoted, eager to please

Plotts are athletic, relaxed, and protective large dogs. Plott Hounds make great family pets, but may not be interested in meeting other dogs or strangers. These friendly trail hunters are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, active singles, and families with older children. Daily exercise involving either a hunting game, swimming, or a long walk is great for these hounds.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:20-25 in. Weight:40-65 lb Lifespan:11-14 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
5

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Plotts have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They aren't well suited for city living; they require daily exercise and room to run. Plotts are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Plotts generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don't worry—your veterinarian will show you how!

Plotts make a hardworking and loyal companion with a big voice and a keen sense of smell.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

  • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

  • Intelligent and easy to train

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Loving and loyal to her owners

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

  • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

  • Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

  • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership


Whether you are considering adding a new Plott to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Plott will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Plott, you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Plott could encounter:

The Plott Hound is a large game hunter originating in North Carolina. The spirited and cunning breed is the official state dog of North Carolina. Plotts are best suited to life in the country. They are independent thinkers that require room to explore. Plotts are affectionate and eager to please their family and do well with children and other dogs. Plotts are naturally protective and fearless and must be socialized early. When provided enough exercise and attention, the Plott makes an excellent family companion.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Plott shows signs of the following:

  • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"

  • Care

    Routine Care: Plotts have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They aren't well suited for city living; they require daily exercise and room to run. Plotts are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Plotts generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Make sure to keep their floppy ears dry. Don't worry—your veterinarian will show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Plotts make a hardworking and loyal companion with a big voice and a keen sense of smell.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    • Excellent family dog, watchdog, and hunting dog

    • Intelligent and easy to train

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Loving and loyal to her owners

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

    • Must be properly socialized as a puppy to avoid aggression as an adult

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Plott to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Plott will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Plott, you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Plott could encounter:
  • History

    The Plott Hound is a large game hunter originating in North Carolina. The spirited and cunning breed is the official state dog of North Carolina. Plotts are best suited to life in the country. They are independent thinkers that require room to explore. Plotts are affectionate and eager to please their family and do well with children and other dogs. Plotts are naturally protective and fearless and must be socialized early. When provided enough exercise and attention, the Plott makes an excellent family companion.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Plott shows signs of the following:

    • Dry heaving or a large, tight, painful abdomen

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or "bunny hopping"

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