The Story of the Plott Hound

Appalachia is home to a unique breed of dog, one of the few breeds created in America. The Plott Hound. Their story, like many Americans’ began in Europe. Two young brothers by the last name of Plott left what is now Germany in 1750 and immigrated to the United States in hopes of a better life. Their journey was hardly unique, but what set them apart the Plots were some of the few immigrants that brought dogs to the new world. The Plotts and their dogs settled in the English colony of North Carolina. Over several generations, the Plott family refined the canine bloodline they had brought from the old world until they had created whole new special breed of dog. Today, the Plott legacy has spread all over the world, but the Plott family still breeds these dogs. I was lucky enough to interview Bob Plott, a descendent of the Plott brothers, a Plott Hound breeder, as well as an author and historian.


Plotts were big in California when lion hunting was still legal.

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9 Responses to The Story of the Plott Hound

  1. pdwalker says:

    Never heard of them before. They sound like a wonderful breed.

  2. czechsix says:

    Plott’s are terrific dogs, in general. A few years back I had a Ridgeback x Plott female. Smart dog. Lived to a ripe old age and was a great family dog.

  3. Heathen says:

    Dad hunted raccoons with hounds, one was a Plott . Helluva dog.

  4. Eric Chase says:

    had a plott mix years back, beautiful dog and scary smart

  5. Bootmaker says:

    my wife and i got ourselves a plott/bulldog mix 3 yrs ago. great dog, fearless, and protective as hell. ill get the wife to post a pic later.

  6. Dano says:

    Had a Plott (Darwin) that we rescued 13 years ago. We just let him go a couple of weeks ago, toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. He was a great dog and excellent with kids too. RIP Darwin.

  7. RoyK says:

    What a great story! We (my boss) just got ahold of a Plott mix rescue dog. Looking forward to being around him,

  8. Sarthurk says:

    I think my grandson had one for awhile. Got him in all sorts of trouble. Feral child in the woods with some hounds and a dog box in back of a Toyota Hi lux 4X4 with huge mud tires. The game cops knew him well.

  9. MauserMedic says:

    There’s 80 lbs of Plott / Pitbull asleep across the room. Smart and affectionate but strong-willed and has a strong prey drive. Hope to get a pure bred some day, there’s still dedicated breeders over in the Bryson City, NC region.

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