URSUS PLOTT CHARACTERISTICS....

MOUTH-TYPE & USE

Chop mouth is dominant, with some bawl and squall mouths. I do not own or breed babblers. I do not own or breed
silent trailers. Some are not as open as I prefer (I prefer a dog that opens nearly every breath on a good running track) but all open adequately to hear without straining and listening for an inordinate amount of time.

TREEING & LOCATING

If any trait is strongly fixed in this strain, itís tree. The large majority are long, hard, solid, tree dogs. Locating skills vary, but again the majority are better than average. I do not tolerate tree fighting.

Ursus Sue Fogel striking a bear on Vedder Mountain (1998)

Ursus Wendy Plott and Ursus Stride White striking a bear in Slesse Creek (1978)

HUNTING & TRAILING

These are hard hunting dogs that will range deep without being stupid and running straight out of the country to look for a track. If they find scent in an area, they work it hard-if not, they move on out.

TRAILING I have found to be one of the most difficult characteristics to breed consistently , with cold trailing ability ranging from below average on up to excellent. I am of the opinion that the failure of some individual dogs to cold trail well is a result of their attitude, i.e., they want to run and catch game. When worked on bobcat and cougar, and with age, most do a respectable job. If started on bear, they tend to hunt with heads up-when started on coon and bobcat, their trailing is much better. We do pay considerable attention to cold trailing ability when breeding.

SPEED & ENDURANCE



Speed is consistently average to better, and endurance (after several hours of running we are talking endurance, not speed) is superior. These dogs will stay on a bear longer than many of the hunters that follow them.


GRIT

This most essential characteristic (for bear dogs) is recessive and difficult to breed, and the easiest to lose by a bad cross or outcross. The dogs we are producing are running 70-80% individuals that, at the very least, will stay with the bear and bay for hours-the majority do much more. Depending on the terrain, personality of the individual bear, fatigue of the dogs, etc., they bay anywhere from 1 foot to 15 foot from the bear. All of the dogs we are breeding, have been injured one or more times, and maintained their courage. Many dogs, of all breeds, look good on bear until the first time they get hurt, after which their courage fails them.

TRASH

Ursus Plotts have consistently shown that given a choice, they prefer bear & coon (and to a lesser extent cat) to the trash species. In the late fall months of November and December, I free cast from 2 to 15 dogs, many of them young and not broke from trash, along the river bottom where bear, coon, and bobcat come to feed on Salmon, and deer and coyote frequent. Over 90% of the time, they start the right game, and when they do trash, do not show the enthusiasm they have for tree game, generally trailing half-heartedly. Dogs that show a preference for trash are eliminated.


Good Breeding Results in Good Performance...

Swedish European  Brown Bear (2005)

Walter Bergen - Ursus Zeus and Skip (2003)

 

 Amber and Ursus Stride White two big bears, two days (1980)

 

Rave Fireball Wendy and Bruiser (1978)

Abe Dougan and Spanish Hunter Ursus Skip and Rosie (2004)

Jake Bergen and Spanish Hunter with Chance (Brother to Sue) 1998

Ursus Star Plott (1968)

Ursus Sing & Pleasant Valley Flirt

Ursus Rowdy Plott (1968)

451lb European Brown bear. Anna-Lina, Government bear inspector, Jorgen, and Rasmus. (2005)

My hunting partner, Chris Sartori with Ursus Plotts and 600 lb bear I shot in November 2004, scoring 21 and 7/16 in Boone & Crockett.


I donít believe I am the only person breeding good Plotts for bear, or that owns good bear dogs. I do believe that I am one of the few that is breeding a strain, culling regularly and rigorously, and producing a high percentage of good to outstanding dogs. Some of our crosses are good, some excellent, and some disappointing. Beware of breeders that make claims of producing large numbers of outstanding bear dogs. Over forty years of breeding Plotts for bear has
shown me that breeding honestly and critically is a very difficult task. 

If you are interested in a Ursus bred Plott Ė puppy, started, or trained call, or e-mail us your phone number and we will
talk serious bear dogs for serious bear hunters.

 

 Steve & Amber Mohr