United Kennel Club

Plott Hound

The sequence follows FCI breed standard.


: Scenthound


: Of the seven breeds of UKC registered Coonhounds, the Plott Hound and the American Leopard Hound do not trace their ancestry to the foxhound. And, of those seven breeds, we can be most certain of the Plott’s heritage and the men most responsible for its development. The ancestors of today’s Plott Hounds were used for boar hunting in Germany many years ago. Jonathon Plott left his native Germany and came to this country in 1750. He brought a few wild boar hounds with him. These dogs had been bred for generations for their stamina and gameness. Plott and his family settled in the mountains of western North Carolina. In those days there were no wild boars in this country. Jonathon Plott used his dogs for hunting bear. Plott supposedly kept his strain entirely pure, making no outcrosses. In 1780, the Plott pack passed into the hands of Henry Plott. Shortly after that time a hunter living in Georgia who had been breeding his own outstanding strain of “leopard spotted bear dogs” heard of the fame of the Plott Hounds and came to North Carolina to see for himself. He was so impressed that he borrowed one of Plott’s top stud dogs for a year to breed to his own bitches. This single cross is the only known instance of new blood being introduced into the Plott Hound since they first came to this country. Other crosses possibly took place around the year 1900. G.P. Ferguson, who was a neighbor of the Plott family in North Carolina in those days, was a major influence on the Plott breed. He made a careful study of the Blevins hounds and the Cable hounds of that era. To what extent he used these bloodlines in his Plott breeding program is not known. The Plott Hound was first registered with the United Kennel Club in 1946. Today’s Plotts are known for their great courage and stamina. They have a clear voice that carries well.


: The Plott is a beautiful, strongly build yet moderate hound, with a distinct brindle colored coat. His appearance suggests the capacity for speed, stamina and endurance.


: This breed is active, fast, bright, kind, confident and courageous. They are vicious fighters on game, have a super treeing instinct and take readily to water. They are alert and quick to learn. Voice is open trailing, bawl and chop.


: The head is moderately wide in skull and somewhat flat on top. The muzzle is of medium length, strong but not squared off in profile.




: Large, with well-opened nostrils. Fully pigmented, black in color.


: Scissors bite preferred, even bite acceptable. Undershot or overshot are disqualifying faults.


: Prominent, set moderately wide apart in skull, brown or hazel in color. Eyelids tight, with no drooping. Expression is kind and intelligent.


: Set moderately high and of medium length, soft to the touch, with no erectile power.


: Medium length, well muscled, slightly arched at the crest.


: Chest is deep to elbow and moderately broad, giving adequate lung space. Ribs are nicely sprung, tapering to a graceful tuck-up at the flank. Back is broad, well muscled, level. Never roached. Loins muscular and slightly arched. Overall proportion is square or slightly longer than tall, measured from point of shoulders to point of buttocks and withers to ground.


: Rather long, moderately heavy, strong at the root and tapering to the end. Some brush. Carried free, well up and saber like.




: Forelegs perfectly straight and well covered with smooth muscles. Pasterns short, strong and nearly upright. Shoulders are muscular and sloping to indicate speed and strength. Length of leg from elbow to ground is approximately one-half the height at the withers.


: Round, cat-like foot, with deep pads and well-knuckled toes.


: Hips are smooth, round, proportionately wide and well muscled. Legs are strong and muscular above the hock, with moderate angulation at the stifle and hock joints. Short and straight from hock to heel, never cow hocked. Without rear dewclaws.


: Quick and agile, with head and tail carried well up.




: Fine to medium coarse in texture. Short or medium in length, with a smooth and glossy appearance.


: The National Plott Hound Association’s definition of the word “brindle”: “A fine streaked or striped effect or pattern of black or tan hairs with hairs of a lighter or darker background color. Shades of colors accepted: yellow brindle, red brindle, tan brindle, brown brindle, black brindle, grey brindle, and maltese (slate grey, blue brindle.)” Grey muzzle accepted. Acceptable colors are any of the above mentioned brindles, or black with brindle trim. Some white on chest and/or feet is permissible. White anywhere except on chest and/or feet is a fault.


: Height at withers for adult males, 22 to 27 inches. For adult females, 21 to 25 inches. Weight for males is 50 to 75 pounds, for females 40 to 65 pounds.




Appearance: Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid.
Characteristics: Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot.
Eyes: Blind.
Ears: Deaf.
Color: Any solid color. Albinism.

Anatomical Features of the dog


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.