Like other scent hounds, the Plott tends to be a powerfully built animal with a confident and determined air. The head should be carried high and the neck and topline should be long, lean, and muscular. The prominent eyes are brown or hazel; the drop ears are broad, soft, and set moderately high on the dog’s head. (They should not droop like the ears of a bloodhound.) The muzzle is slightly squarish and the teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The coat is smooth and glossy. The ideal coat color is any shade of brindle, including yellow, buckskin, brown, liver, red, light or dark gray, or blue, although Plotts can also be solid black, black with brindle trim, or buckskin. The dog’s gait should be graceful, agile, and speedy; the legs should be long and straight and the feet should be tight. The dog’s call is described as both bugle-like and having a ringing chop, which means it is short, loud, and bright in tone. History:
The powerful brindled Plott comes from a line of dogs bred by generations of the Plott family in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains. In 1750, young Georg Plott created the first family hounds by mating the boar-hunting bloodhounds he had brought from Germany. The result: a brindled (sometimes saddled) hound with an excellent treeing and fighting instinct. Because North Carolina didn’t have boars, the Plott family used their fleet-footed, tenacious hunters for bear hunting. Today, because there are more coon hunters than big game hunters in this country, most Plotts are used for coon hunting, although some are bred and raised to hunt big cats, bears, coyotes, and wild boar.
The Plott is the North Carolina State Dog and is one of only a handful of dogs known to be of American origin. The Plott joined the AKC Hound Group in 2007.