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Old 09/13/04, 02:27 PM
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Plott "hounds"? Experience?

I have been reading up on this dog and find it's history very interesting. This looks to be a midsize dog with some nice qualities. Anyone have any knowledge of them? I know they are a hound and thus live through their noses, LOL, but interesting non the less.

I am more into versatile dogs like herding and working...but I do enjoy learning about the other groups.

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Old 09/13/04, 07:31 PM
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I guess I have experience with them since a close friend has two…also an old redbone and bunch of young blue-ticks. Personally, I find the redbone and plotts more agreeable but that is probably because they are older and much more mellow. The red is about 100+ in dog years I would think and the plotts are probably 7+ years old. Plotts come from an whole different line than the other breeds I believe…if I recall, they hail from Germany. The other groups are all in some way related. There are blue-ticks, reds, walkers, black and tans, english, etc.(did I miss any?) and then there is the plott.

Not much to say except plotts are generally regarded as hit dogs and take better to big game such as boar, bear, and lion. Trailing coon came later…

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Old 09/13/04, 07:58 PM
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I've always wanted one since I'm really partial to brindle dogs. They're also from mountain dog stock so they're more loyal than your typical hound which will hunt or wander off when you let them off leash so they stay around. If you're looking for a herding/hunting breed that is property aggressive and good with family then I would recommend catahoulas, blackmouth curs, and mountain curs. Do your research since the catahoula is being ruined by people who breed them for looks. I am doing research in that area since I am interested in buying a registered catahoula from working bloodlines. I'm also trying to re-home two of my dogs...half blackmouth cur half pit..brindle with white feet..reason for giving him up is bec he won't be a big dog...he's gonna be smaller than his parents of all things! Approx. 30 lbs at 20 now. 2nd dog is unregistered male catahoula...fully grown at 60 lbs.....housebroke beautiful and has yellow eyes... if interested, pm me or email me direct at: I'm just trying to stay with registered dogs.

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Old 09/13/04, 08:57 PM
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I know this may sound harsh, but we picked up a plott mix at the pound as a test puppy. We had parvo wipe out the kennel and we wanted to make sure we had it cleaned up. Well, she survived, but a few others after her didn't. Then she got a 3 inch gash across her chest from a black bear. I put alcohol on it and stiched her up. She never flinched at all. No muzzle needed. She was a TOUGH dog!!!
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Old 09/13/04, 09:16 PM
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Never owned a plott hound before but I have owned several plopp hounds in my times. When they got ready to lay down they just plopped right in their tracks.
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Old 09/14/04, 05:37 PM
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Thanks for the input! And rh, I have several of the ones you are talking about already! They are "plopped" on the front porch right now taking a nap after a fun time at the lake swimming and chasing the ducks and geese..who of course just head for the water and laugh a lot.

Thanks again for the info gang. LQ
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Old 09/14/04, 08:37 PM
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Daddy acquired a plott hound puppy after I'd moved away from home. At the time, I had never heard of them, but he told me that mountain folk used them to hunt bear. I gathered that they had a reputation of being real tough. Daddy would have used this dog to hunt deer. This particular puppy was wrinkley, with long ears, and yes, liked too plop down on my legs and go to sleep.
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Old 09/14/04, 10:28 PM
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Plott hounds are hunters and killers. Some of the best. In Ga. they're used to hunt coons, hogs and bears. They are great on a track and tree well. I used to coon hunt quite a bit and some of the best coon dogs I was ever in the woods with were plotts. They will also fight/kill a coon on the ground. They will hold a bear at bay better than any other breed of hound. They're absolutely fearless. The only drawback I've seen to them is that they don't play well with others. They will often "Face Bark" other dogs at the tree or actually fight them. This is not a desirable trait if you want to go hunting with friends who have dogs. Anyone who has a dog that gets "ill" with the other hounds in the pack will soon find themselves hunting alone. But that ain't bad either if you've got a good hound...
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Old 09/15/04, 02:09 AM
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The Plott is an awesome line of hound, the best line of plotts are nearly gone now, as the breeder passed away awhile back, but the Cascade line was one of the most famous, D. Maas [Moss] was a professional hunter who worked for Weyhuaser in the 1950's and hunted bear daily for bounty on their private ground, his most worked female had over 900 confirmed kills, and a couple other were right up there as well. My dad in law bought a couple of that line in the 70's and said those were the best he ever run save one old glass eyed hound he figures was a leopard cur [not to be confused with catahoula leopards] which the plott may have had mixed in years ago, although the plott family would not have alowed such im pretty sure.

Today there are different strians of plotts, most are not much better than the english hounds they compete against, and some may even have english foxhound bred into them and registered anyway..... a person has to be careful, and is why my dad in law has went to the leopard cur breed for his bear dogs now.

anyhow if you want more there are dog message boards are out there..... and i spect i could post a couple links..... but i dont often visit them...... anymore.

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Old 09/15/04, 09:47 AM
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Old 09/15/04, 01:36 PM
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My dog is a plott hound, male, 6+ years old and about 80 lbs. He's got the hound nose thing going for him as well as good eye sight. Very loyal to almost being dependent but that could be because he's an only dog. If you get one I would recommend that he not be the only dog in the family. When ground hunting he never goes in for the kill unless I'm there so I can see the hunting pack mentality in him. (Other then rabbits, he's got this thing for catching, killing and eating rabbits). He's very smart, quick to house train and learned to not kill and even to protect the chickens, although he killed several thinking that they were game, before he learned that I wanted the chickens around.

One problem is that in the woods and off leash, he will run and not come back until he's good and ready. I don't take him hiking on the AT anymore because I got tired of waiting for him to return when he ran off looking for game. And I don't trust him around cars because he doesn't look before crossing the street. But my place is fenced so I don't worry about these 2 items much.

And if you do hunt then they have a set of lungs on them and can bark, with a treeing bark sounding like an arf,arf, at the rate of 1 every couple of seconds. So when something is tree'd you'll know it. As will your neighbors if their close.

Any other questions just ask.

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