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Gun Dog Breeders: Plott Hound Facts

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All dogs have attractive qualities along with needs that make them less attractive for some dog owners. Here are some facts to know if you are considering a Plott hound for a pet, hunting companion, or hunt trial dog, according to the American Kennel Club.

1. Plott hounds are very attentive and intelligent. They are eager to please, but need to keep busy.

2. These dogs are also fearless hunters and aggressive pursuers of game. They are known for their ability to track and tree game, including raccoons, wild boar, and bear.

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3. The breed is recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). These provide registries for puppies and can provide information about breeds and breeders.

4. The UKC recognizes seven types of coonhounds; most trace their lineage to foxhounds. Only the Plott hound and the American leopard hound do not trace to the foxhounds. The Plott was developed in Germany from a variety of breeds.

5. The breed was created by Jonathon Plott to hunt bear in Bavaria. When he came to America in 1750 he brought his dogs, which adapted their skills to hunting wild boar and other smaller game. They settled in the mountains of North Carolina, where the breed has been a valued hunter ever since.

6. The Plott hound is known as an intelligent, quick learner. They have an eager-to-please personality and love human attention.

7. These dogs make excellent protection dogs; they are loyal to their pack (family members) and will protect their property.

8. Plotts give off a high-pitched vocalization when they discover prey or get excited. The sounds can be problems for not-so-tolerant neighbors.

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9. Plott hounds can display their great hunting skills in events sponsored by the United Kennel Club. At these hunt tests dogs are observed for a one hour session. In order to pass the test, the dogs must open on track, find and tree a raccoon, and keep the animal treed. The hour-long hunt must include at least one turnout, which will complete the most basic skills for a coon hunt.

10. AKC and UKC also sponsor events for breed conformation competition, obedience trials, agility tests and field events that offer challenge and comradery. These family events are held across the country.

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