Plott Hounds


Plott Hounds

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In 1750, two brothers left Germany for the Americas. They brought with them five Hanoverian Schweisshund (bloodhounds), which were known for tracking wounded animals even over old trails. One brother, Johannes Georg, survived the journey and began breeding the dogs where he settled in the mountains of North Carolina. His family continued the breeding program, adding other hunting breeds to strengthen the line, for the next two hundred years. As the fame of these hunting dogs that were used to hunt bear and boar spread, coon hunters began using them also. They have an open, unrestricted voice which notifies the hunter of their location and activity. They are noted for their stamina, endurance, agility and courage. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1998 and are in the Miscellaneous Class.
The Plott Hound is eager to please, loyal and intelligent. It is a bold and fearless hunter.
The skull of the Plott Hound is moderately flat. It is rounded at the crown with sufficient width between and above the eyes. The muzzle is of moderate length. The bite is scissors. The eyes are brown or hazel with a confident, inquisitive expression. They should not look sad. The ears are of medium length, fairly broad and set high on the head. They hang gracefully with the inside part folding forward toward the muzzle. They should have a spread of seventeen to twenty inches and not extend below the nose. The neck is medium in length and muscular. It should not have loose or folded skin. The chest is deep. The topline gently slopes toward the hips. The back is well muscled, strong and level. The legs are straight, smooth and well muscled. The coat is smooth, fine and glossy. It must be thick enough to protect the dog from wind and water. Some dogs are double coated with a soft, short inner coat and a longer, smooth, stiff outer coat. Coat color may be all black, black with brindle trim, any shade of brindle including yellow, buckskin, tan, brown, chocolate, liver, orange, red, gray, blue or black. The brindle coat may have a black saddle. Some white may appear on the chest and feet. Average height is 22 inches. Average weight is 50 pounds.



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