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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 20-25”
Weight: 40-75 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Plott in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Black brindle
  • Blue brindle
  • Brown brindle
  • Buckskin
  • Chocolate brindle
  • Gray brindle
  • Liver brindle
  • Maltese
  • Orange brindle
  • Red brindle
  • Tan brindle
  • Yellow brindle

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-14 years
The Plott is a purebred dog that is considered to be extremely healthy and hardy. There are no known genetic conditions in this breed’s bloodline and as long as you work with a reputable breeder, you will have no trouble.

While there are no conditions or medical ailments known to this breed, there are two things you need to be on the lookout for which are bloat and hip dysplasia.

Bloat is a serious condition that can occur in your pup and is considered fatal if it is not treated in time. This condition may also be called stomach torsion, gastric dilatation, or even a twisted or flipped stomach. It is hard for veterinarians to pinpoint exactly what causes bloat to occur, but it is thought to be that some dogs swallow too much air or consume food or water too quickly. In addition, this condition can be caused when a dog becomes too anxious or too nervous and excited. It is a life threatening condition that needs to be treated immediately to prevent fatality. Bloat is said to happen more in male dogs than in females, but it is best to pay attention to your dog regardless of the sex.

Hip dysplasia is a condition that occurs when the hip bone is deformed or does not properly fit into the hip socket. This condition affects older pups and is unlikely to affect your young pup. When hip dysplasia occurs, you may notice that your dog has trouble getting up and down and may exhibit weakness in his or her limbs.

The Plott’s life expectancy is 12 to 14 years

Temperament & Train-ability

The Plott is considered to be an intelligent, loyal, and trustworthy breed that makes a wonderful companion. You will find that they like to receive love and affection from you and will seek it out too.

This breed is good with children and is very gentle with little ones. You will find that your pup is also good with other animals and even better with them when socialized at a young age.

The Plott does not make for a good apartment pup because of his or her size and activity level. You will need to provide a place for your pup to play such as a fenced in yard. In addition, you need to walk your pup once or twice a day for at least 30 minutes.

The Plott was originally used for hunting and tracking purposes, so you will find that they surely like to go on hiking adventures and trips with you. Don’t be afraid to take your pup in the car with you.

The Plott is considered moderately easy to train. You will find that it is hit or miss when it comes to the stubbornness of your pup. If you run into a stubborn attitude, you should approach it with care and understanding and avoid getting too angry or visibly frustrated.

You will find that your pup responds well to positive reinforcement. You should start training your pup from a young age and keep up with it day in and out to ensure the best response and results.


Your Plott is going to be easy to groom and will not take a lot of time out of your day. Since this breed’s hair is short, you will find that he or she does not shed a lot. You can brush your pup two to three times a week to remove any loose hairs.

A bath is only needed when your pup is stinky or dirty and does not need to be done on any special schedule. You should clean your Plott’s ears once per week to ensure there is no buildup of wax or dirt.

In addition, trim your pup’s nails to prevent overgrowth and to ensure that no splitting or breaking occurs, as this is painful for your dog.


You can expect your Plott to consume two and a half to three cups of food per day. Ideally, you should split the meal up into two meals, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Since your Plott has a lot of energy and is lean, you want to make sure that you feed him or her a food that is high in protein and low in calories. The best food for your Plott is going to contain whole ingredients such as flours, rice, gravies, meats, and vegetables. Try to stay away from foods with chemicals and fillers.

If you are unsure of what to feed your Plott, speak with your veterinarian to see what he or she recommends.

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A Plott puppy will cost you anywhere between $250 and $950. You can expect to pay more or less depending on the breeder you choose and the demand for the breed at the time. You probably will not find this breed in a shelter or rescue, but if you do, you can expect to pay between $100 and $300 in adoption fees.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Plott is a great dog for your home and you will find that he or she gets along well with your children and other animals in your home. This breed is considered to be quite intelligent and he or she is a loyal companion that thrives on your attention and praise. Your pup may be a bit difficult to train, but do not let this deter you. This breed ranks a 2.


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