American Plott Association Inc.
"A Breed Apart"
The Plott hound is an old, old breed of hunting dog that excels on all manner of game,
especially big game such as bear, hogs, and cats. Plotts also make exceptional cooners
as well, and many have become quite adept at running and treeing these animals .They
have been recognized as a premier big game dog.
Not only are these dogs found throughout the United States but are also found in
various places the world over.
The Plott's popularity has mushroomed, and representatives of the breed are located
throughout Europe, parts of Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia.
The historical foundations of the Plott differ from most hound breeds of the United
States. Unlike other running types, the earliest Plotts were not of English foxhound
origin but rather were imported from Germany by the Plott family in and around the
mid-1700s. The real founder of the breed was Henry Plott who moved to western North
Carolina around 1800 and brought representatives of the breed with him. There in the
mountains of Southern Appalachia, he and other members of the family began to
develop and refine a running, baying, and treeing type that has become the Plott we
Unfortunately there is a great deal of myth surrounding our favorite breed.
Some websites are terribly inaccurate and have been posted by individuals who know
very little about Plotts. Three glaring examples of inaccuracy are that Jonathan Plott
brought the first Plotts to America, Plotts are chronic droolers, and all members of the
breed have web feet. Those interested in Plotts are encouraged to wisely pick and
choose among websites for the most reliable and accurate information.
The American Plott Association, Inc. was founded May 24, 1987 at Sweetwater,
Tennessee. In forming this organization, charter members sought to return to the
original, accurate, and correct breed standard, recognize the buckskin as a true Plott,
give big game hunters a more active role and voice in breed matters, and make the
hound owning public aware of past inaccuracies and misconceptions regarding the
Today, APA is going strong and growing by leaps and bounds. The Plott has again found
widespread popularity among many owing to its talent as hunting breed but also
because of its usage in a variety of law enforcement and public service fields.
Of particular interest to many who seek APA membership is the Association's annual
publication, the Brindle Book. This outstanding yearbook is replete with all manner of
interesting Plott materials. Your membership in APA guarantees you a copy.