North Carolina designated the plott hound (Canis lupus familiaris) as the official state dog in 1989. Developed in the mountains of North Carolina by German immigrant Jonathan Plott around 1750 as a wild boar hound, the plott hound is a legendary hunting dog known as a courageous fighter and tenacious tracker with a spine-tingling, bugle-like call. One of only four breeds known to be of American origin (the American Kennel Club recognized the plott hound as a distinctive breed in 1998).
This breed makes a fine companion. Loyal and intelligent, the Plott Hound is quick to learn, quick to love and good with children. Its personable nature is surely not evident on the trail. This large-game hunter and scenthound has great courage. Determined, courageous and proud, it will play chicken with a 500-pound bear or a wild, angry boar.