General Facts :
The dog is medium-sized, very athletic, muscular and agile in appearance. Characteristic to this breed are the long, large ears. When the dog is in alert, the long tail is set high. The dog’s strong feet have webbed toes. It isn’t advisable to have a plot coonhound in an apartment because these animals have a lot of energy which they have to consume one way or another.
Unlike other coonhounds, this breed has no road sense so it is highly advisable to keep these animals in a safe area from which they can’t evade because these dogs have the tendency to wander around. The Plott can live and also sleep outdoors only if they have a proper shelter in which they can rest. This type of hound is considered to be the hardiest among coonhounds because it eats very fast large quantity of foods which make him vulnerable to gastric torsion and also twisting of the stomach which in some cases is fatal; so it is advisable not to exercise your dog after he ate.
Unlike other American hounds, the Plott coonhound is the only one without British ancestors. The dog got its name from the Jonathan Plott family which at the beginning of the 1750s bred their dogs within the family. They did this for the next following seven generations. They rarely sold any of the dogs they had; so although the breed was recognized officially in the middle of the 20 th century, the breed is still hard to find outside the southern borders.
Height : Between 20 and 24 inches ( approximately 51 to 61 centimeters )
Weight : Between 45 and 55 pounds ( approximately 20 to 25 kilos )
Additional Information :
These dogs are very sociable and they can prove to be very good pets if they are proper trained. The dogs are well-known for their courage, tenacity and endurance. These dogs are eager to please, intelligent and very loyal. They are highly efficient when searching for raccoons, wolves, coyotes and wildcats.
The dog is also known as the Hanoverian Schweisshund ( “bloodhound” in German ); the dog needs to be exercised a lot; also the dog should be jogged or at least walked several times a day if he is not a working one in order to “burn” the excess of energy that the dog has. Life expectancy is between 12 and 14 years.