Powerful and well-muscled, the Plott brings big game such as bear or boar to bay or tree with its determination, endurance and courage. Today, the Plott is also used for coonhunting in addition to his more traditional duties. The breed’s smooth, glossy coat can be any shade of brindle, solid black or have a saddle or markings. Plott’s are eager to please, loyal, intelligent, and alert. They are fearless hunters. Their disposition is even, but varies among strains, with a distinction sometimes appearing between those bred for big game and those bred as coonhounds.
The Plott Hound is one of the few breeds that originated in the United States and the only one of those few breeds without British ancestry. In 1750, George Plott arrived in America with five Hanoverian Hounds, and for seven generations his descendants bred the dogs in the mountains of North Carolina. The dogs came to be called by the family name and were well known as coonhounds. The Plott's original purpose however was to hunt bears, and small groups of Plotts have been known to tree or even bring down a 500-pound bear. A skilled trailer of cold scents, the Plott is still used to hunt such game as mountain lion. The breed was officially recognized in 1946 and entered the AKC registry on August 1, 1998. Also the only breed from North Carolina, the Plott was named state dog on August 12, 1989 and while the Plott Hound is slowly increasing in popularity, it is still rare outside the Southern States.