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Plott (Standard)
History:

According to the AKC, in Germany, where the hunter's honor code demands that all game wounded or killed must be found, the Hanoverian Schweisshund (bloodhound) is respected for its ability to locate a wounded animal even though the trail is a week or more old. A brindle or red big game tracker, developed by crossing an ancient, huge, trailing hound much like the St. Hubert with a lighter and faster hound, the Hanoverian is still a favorite with German gamekeepers.

In 1750, two young brothers left Germany and immigrated to America with three brindle and two buckskin Hanoverian Hounds. One boy died on the way but the other, sixteen year old Johannes George Plott, settled in Bute County, North Carolina. He Anglicized his name to George built a home, married, raised his family and bred his dogs. His son, Henry, continued the breeding program and for the next seven generations (over 200 years), the Plott's were mountain men who bred the family dogs and used them to hunt bear and occasionally boar. As Plott men built homes and raised families all over the Smoky Mountains, their dogs became known by their family name and were referred to as the Plott's hounds. During that time hounds of similar breeding and type were raised by other mountain families and were likewise called by their owner's family name.

After many generations, the Plotts needed an outcross. A Plott breeder named Gola Ferguson carefully choose another well respected family hound, the tan, black saddled Blevins, and made the cross. Two of the resulting progeny were so exceptional that when Ferguson bred them back to his pure Plotts, the breed was revitalized. Some members of the Plott family even used these dogs in their breeding program and, because of this cross, some brindle Plotts have a black saddle.

As the fame of the Plotts spread, coon hunters began to take an interest in those with treeing instinct. The Plott came to be classified as a coonhound because there are many more coonhunters in our country than there are bear and boar hunters. Even so, the Plott's traditional work is to track, bring to bay or tree big game such as bear, boar, and mountain lion and many Plotts today are still performing their original function.

Capable of speedily traversing diverse types of terrain and water in all seasons, the Plott is a bold, aggressive trailer with an open, unrestricted voice. Plott "music" is distinguished by a loud, ringing chop on the track and the tree, although bawl or squall trailing mouths are also acceptable.

The Plott may have an identification mark on the rump used to identify the dog when out hunting. Such a mark is not to be penalized when evaluating the dog.

Other Names Body Type Personality Coat Health Concerns

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AKC Group: Miscellaneous

Breed Club: American Plott Association, Virginia, Susan Stegar (email: sstegar@msn.com

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Body Type:

  • Height: Males, 20-25 inches, Females, 20-23 inches (at shoulders)
  • Weight: Males, 50-60 pounds, females, 40-55 pounds
  • Extremely leggy or close to the ground

Personality:

  • Intelligent, alert and confident
  • Noted for stamina, endurance, agility, determination and aggressiveness
  • Powerful, well muscled
  • Combines courage with athletic ability
  • Eager to please and loyal
  • A fearless hunter

Coat:

  • Smooth, fine and glossy
  • Thick enough to provide protection from wind and water
  • Rare specimens are double coated, with a short, soft, thick inner coat concealed by a longer, smoother and stiffer outer coat
  • Any shade of brindle (a streaked or striped pattern of dark hair imposed on a lighter background) is preferred (yellow, buckskin, tan, brown, chocolate, liver, orange, red, light or dark gray, blue or Maltese, dulute black and black
  • Other colors are solid black, any shade of brindle, with black saddle, and black with brindle trim.
  • Some white on the chest and feet is permissible, as is the graying effect around the jaws and muscles

Health Concerns:

  • Should not be exercised after eating a big meal
  • Prone to gastric torsion and twisting of the stomach (they tend to eat very quickly)
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • The Plott is AKC's 154th breed
  • In Germany, where the hunter's honor code demands that all game wounded or killed must be found, 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 Hanoverian is the ancestor of the Plott
  • 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.
  • The Plott descends from a cross of Hanoverian and the Blevin (a black and tan hound), and the Plott was initially categorized as a coonhound, despite its ability to track and tree big game
  • The Plott is capable of speedily traversing diverse types of terrain and water in all seasons and is a bold, aggressive trailer with an open, unrestricted voice. Plott "music" is distinguished by a loud, ringing chop on the track and the tree, although bawl or squall trailing mouths are also acceptable
    information supplied by the AKC
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