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Meet the breed: Plott

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a hardworking and loyal pet to add to your family, find out everything you need to know about the Plott!


  • Bold
  • Loyal
  • Courageous
  • High endurance


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Bred by the Plott brothers who emigrated from Germany, the Plott is meant to hunt both boar and deer. As one of the brothers sadly passed away on the voyage to America, the other Plott brother settled in North Carolina to devote his time to his pups. An athletic hunter that’s fit to roam the mountain terrain, the Plott is a hard-working and loyal companion.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Scenthound
  • Average lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Average size: 40-60 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Glossy, smooth, and fine
  • Coloration: Blue brindle, brown brindle, red brindle, black brindle
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: A medium-sized muscular and strong body, black lips and nose, black-rimmed brown or hazel eyes, tight skin around face, square-shaped muzzle, hanging ears that are medium in length, webbed toes, and long tail
  • Possible alterations: May be all black in color and have saddle markings. Dog has a “chop” sound when he has successfully hunted down his prey.

Is this breed right for you?

An outgoing and social breed, the Plott makes an excellent addition to a family with children. Loving and loyal, he does best with a home that includes a fenced-in yard. In need of a dedicated owner, he’s fast to learn when given proper leadership. A natural-born athlete, this pup is in need of a lot of exercise and enjoys hunting and being outside. He’s a good breed to keep inside or outside the home and is not recommended for apartment living. Only doing well with cats when raised with them, he will likely chase a cat that he doesn’t know.

Pott Hound breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Plott

Waking up early to hunt, the Plott will work from sunup to sundown. Returning home, he’ll happily play with the family while running and chasing them outdoors. Inside, he’ll engage in family time by following around those that he loves. With an afternoon walk including smelling a few scents, he’ll be back in the home to spend quality time with his loving family.

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