Plott Coon Hounds are the only breed of the original six breeds of coon hounds to not have British Influence in its ancestry. Most coon hounds can trace back to the fox hound, but the Plott Hound is the exception. In 1750 Jonathan Plott and his brother left Germany heading for America. They brought with them five Hanoverian Hounds. Although, Jonathan Plott’s brother died during the trip Jonathan settled in North Carolina after arriving in America. It was there that he started raising a family and breeding his hounds. They say that in addition to the Hanoverian Hounds, the foundation stock also consisted of a mix of Bloodhounds and Curs.
For the next 200 years these hounds were bred by generations of the Plott family members and were eventually just referred to as the Plott’s hounds. The hounds worked at hunting bear and raccoon in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains of the Eastern United States. The Plott family rarely put any of their hounds on the market so they remained rare outside the southern United States. In fact it is still rare to see these coon hounds in competition coon hunts, even though a Plott Coon Hound did win the PKC World Hunt a few years back. I can not recall ever having the pleasure of hunting with a Plott Coon Hound.
Plott Coon Hounds were recognized as one of the six breeds of coon hounds in 1946 by the United Kennel Club. Plott Coon Hounds are hardy and have superior hunting instincts. They are very effective in the search for coyotes, wolves, bears, mountain lion, and other wildcats. This breed was carefully developed through selective breeding to be stronger and grittier. Plott Coon Hounds are known for being very gritty and this is why they are used on big game such as Bear so often rather than for raccoon.
In 2006, the breed was officially recognized by AKC as the “Plott” and is now shown as a show dog, but there are many who still hunt and breed them as hunting dogs. Plott Coon Hounds that are bred for show purposes are known to be some of the hardest to beat. In fact, I would say the Plott Coon Hound is even more competitive than the Redbone Coon Hounds in the show department.
Plott Coon Hounds come in many different colors. There are buckskins, blacks, brindles, browns, reds, or and a combination of any of these colors and I have by no means named all the possibilities. All in all the Plott Coon Hound is like most coon hounds and can be used for a variety of hunting tasks. You should consider a Plott if you ever have the opportunity. I hope to someday find me a good Plott Coon Hound.