Plott Hound Potty Training


How to potty train a Plott Hound puppy with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment crate. We have Plott Hound house training solutions, so housebreaking Plott Hound puppies will be fast and easy. Over 50,000 dogs have been successfully potty trained with our world-famous indoor dog potty, called the Potty Training Puppy Apartment, including Plott Hounds. The free video below is a short version of our free 15-minute video which is located on our Home Page. The training techniques and tips are being demonstrated by Miniature Pinscher puppies, however, the techniques are exactly the same for a Plott Hound puppy or a Plott Hound adult dog. If you are seeking Plott Hound puppies for sale or adoption, please visit our Breeders page. At the bottom half of this page is specific breed information about the temperament and traits of a Plott Hound. If this breed is available in a teacup, toy or miniature size it will be mentioned below.



The Plott is a no-frills dog, built to follow cold trails at speed over rough terrain and through water in all weather, and to grapple with large animals, including bear, once cornered. It is streamlined and agile, yet powerful with great endurance. The hair is short to medium in length, fine to medium coarse in texture. When trailing, the Plott is bold and confident, not backing down from a challenge. Its voice is open and unrestricted, with a loud bugle-like chop or bawl. Bred for generations as a bear and coon dog, the Plott's first nature is to sniff up a cold trail and follow it to the end. Yet the Plott makes the transition to family dog with ease, being eager to please and loyal. This is an extremely courageous breed, and, as befitting any good hound, it can be headstrong. Plotts can be wary of strangers, but generally warm up quickly. They are not as gregarious with other dogs as some hounds, and true to their bear-hunting heritage, can be ferocious fighters if pushed. They may tree the family cat!

Plotts are easy keepers, but must have a securely fenced yard. They need canine or human companionship, and an opportunity to hunt or at least go for some woodland hikes. They enjoy swimming. Coat care is minimal.

Now the official state dog of North Carolina, the Plott's roots spring from Germany, where Hanoverian Schweisshunds were valued for their ability to hunt wild boars and track wounded game even over week-old trails. In 1750, 16-year-old Joahnnes Georg Plott brought five of these dogs with him to his new home in the Great Smoky Mountains. Although there were no wild boars there at the time, the dogs and their descendants proved themselves to be great cold trailers of large animals, especially bear. They didn't just find bear, but could hold at bay or even bring down a 500-pound bear. The Plott family bred their line of cold-trailing brindle dogs for seven generations, the dogs distributing across the Smoky Mountains as their family grew. Other mountain men incorporated the Plott blood into their own lines of dogs, but stories disagree as to the extent, if any, other strains were introduced to the Plotts. Some maintain an early cross with a "leopard-spotted bear dog," and others claim crosses to cur dogs for better treeing ability. It was not until the early 1900s that documented crosses with other lines were made to improve the Plott strain. At that time Gola Ferguson crossed his Plotts with a strain of black-saddled hounds known as Blevins or Great Smokies, producing "Tige" and "Boss," two hounds of such talent that even the Plott family incorporated their blood back into their line. This introduced the black-saddled brindle pattern into the breed. Almost all Plotts can be traced back to one of these dogs. Although used primarily for bear, boar and mountain lions, many Plotts were also adept at treeing raccoons, and coonhunters — far more populous than bear hunters — found them ideal for their needs. In 1946, the breed finally received the official name of Plott Hound when it was recognized by the UKC. It is the only UKC coonhound breed that doesn't trace back to foxhounds. In 1998, the AKC admitted the Plott into the Miscellaneous class.