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Hi, can anyone tell me the difference in appearance between a Plott Hound and a Black lab?, If it helps, mine is solid black, not any other color of hair on him.

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Plotts tend to be lanky and rangy, but an all-black Plott that's overfed might look a lot like a lab.

Most Plotts have some brindle, but all-black is not unheard of.

Does your dog bark or does he make an unholy Hell-hound sound that wakes the dead?
 

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Ok he's still under a year old, so i doubt if he's hit his full growth yet, does seem to me to be too lean looking to be a lab, but then again, still a puppy I guess, about 10 months old i think
he rarely barks, only when he is outside and wants to come in usually, occasionally if outside, he will barks some at the neighbors dogs, little on the high pitched side, but not really noticeably so
 

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A Plott has a pretty distinctive high-pitched howl that rattles your teeth and makes you think someone has opened a portal to Hades.

It has to be obnoxious-enough to drive a bear up a tree.

The first time I ever saw a Plott, he was sitting in a car in a parking lot next to my car with a Golden retriever. The Plott (and I didn't know what it was at the time) let out a bellow when he saw me and I swear the Golden looked genuinely embarrassed for him.

As I drove away, that little car looked like it was about to flip over.

Also, an untrained Plott tends to be one of the most unruly things imaginable. (I'm not implying that YOURS is untrained.) The second Plott I ever saw was in a new shelter I was visiting. All the other dogs were being walked by volunteers in a kind of celebratory parade, but not the Plott. I asked somebody why, as she was trying to give the Plott fresh water, and she told me nobody could walk that dog. He wasn't mean. He was just completely without manners and immensely strong. Then I watched the dog pin her up against the kennel by way of greeting.

I still didn't know what a Plott is, but in the back of my mind, I thought, "I gotta get me one of those."

If none of this sounds familiar, you may have a very lean lab. If you have a young Plott, I'd expect to be hearing, "What the **** is going on here?"

See if you can post some pictures.

Also, it would be good to know what part of the world you live in. Plotts are more common in the South and, oddly, in Wisconsin (because people hunt bears here) but in many parts of the country, people have never seen one or heard of them.

Labs are common everywhere.
 

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I'm in eastern NC, where they did originate. Don't get me wrong, doubt if he's full blooded, odd story about how i got him, but he doesn't howl, not yet anyway. H'es not well trained I guess, was easy to house break, especially considering when we got him we had an aussie shepard mix that wouldn;t be house trained and he learned in spite of her. To be honest I just don;t have the energy and etc to properly train a dog anymore, but he's not what I would call ill behaved, of course someone who trains dogs probably would tho, he will listen to you, does have a certain a mount of stubbornness, but not bad to me, very friendly, loves attention, will try to post some more pictures here shortly, this is one a friend took at the pound, he had gone missing, and they had picked him up, she sent this to me to see if it was mine 12388156_1740029846226659_1233273117_n.jpg
 

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I would say lab or lab mix - likely a very sweet animal.

Lab mixes are the most common dogs found in most shelters. They get around. Fortunately, they are often some of the very nicest dogs you can find.

If that was a Plott, I'd expect to see him scaling the chain link and plotting (sorry) his escape.

One more Plott story, then I have to go do some stuff. My wife saw Esther on some local TV show that featured a shelter dog each week. We had lost a very good lab a few months earlier and she suggested we go look at her.

So we drove an hour to the shelter and asked to see Esther. The person at the counter looked at me like I might be joking. (In retrospect, I think Esther must have been drugged for the TV spot.) We found her kennel and, when she saw us, she jumped five feet straight up in the air. We borrowed a leash and took her for a leisurely stroll through the woods behind the shelter, where she dragged first me, then my son, up and down the trail. (We are both well over six-foot and not accustomed to being dragged around by a dog.)

I was smitten. My wife was appalled. I had my son sit with Esther while I filled out some preliminary paperwork. There were a bunch of Daniel Boone types eyeing her up.

The following Thursday, we brought her home.

The first year, she pretty much destroyed everything in our house. Then I remembered I still had her transport crate in the garage. We also discovered doggy day-care, where she could run non-stop for about ten hours. It likely save us both.

Now she's mellowed into a good old girl. I adore her, but I wouldn't actually recommend a Plott to anyone as a house dog.
 

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ok thx I do appreciate the info, and its really not important to me, was just curious. The way we got him was a woman knocked on the door one night holding him when he was about 2 months old or so and wanted to know if he was our dog, said she had seen a small black dog here before. He had climbed in her car and she thought it might be ours. my son told her no it wasn't ours, then she asked would we take him anyway because she was on her way somewhere (btw we have no idea who she was). Matt took him from her and well he's been here ever since. I posted some notices about it trying to find if anyone was looking for him but never got any response. The above picture was taken a few days ago when he had took of roaming I guess and dog catcher got him. Need to get him chipped and neutered, but was trying to wait till he was over a year old to do all that. You're right he is a very sweet and loving dog, not overly destructive, tho he has chewed a couple of shoes up, wallet and remotes, but better about that now. Climbing the fence? dunno, he had been at the pound for a few days when that was taken, dunno about his first few days. At any rate here is some more pictures if you're interested. 004.jpg 005.jpg 007.jpg 008.jpg
 

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My niece's husband uses Plotts for hunting and has quite a few. From those pictures I would say he is a Lab cross. If you ever heard the noise a Plott makes you would not mistake it for another breed.
 

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Ok thx, Ihad been thinking lab mix bu tthen I saw a picture this morning of a Plott and thought it looked a lot like Rufio and just got curious, that's all, Really doesn't matter to me either way
 
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