North Carolina-Plott Hound-August 16

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 16

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I am very humbled that people that I both know and never met take time to read these posts on Coach4aday. I have one fellow blogger with a blog site called AdventureDawgs that is very gracious in reading my posts and providing me almost daily likes.

Adventure Dawg

If you are an animal lover check out his blog. His blog discusses the road trips he and his three dogs Jack, Piper, and Leo take.

Adventure Dawg Dogs

Many of those trips are in North Carolina. Go to the link below and read about his adventures.

So today’s post is dedicated to AdventureDawgs I hope he and others learn something new about North Carolina. I have and it is about a special breed of dog.

In Haywood County about 20 miles southwest of Waynesville, NC on rural road called Plott Creek Road (SR 1173) in the mid 1800’s lived the family of Henry Plott.

Henry Plott raised dogs and people traveled from far and wide to get one of his dogs called a Plott Hound.


The Plott hound is the only officially recognized breed of dog to have been developed in North Carolina. It is one of only four dog breeds native to the United States. The foundation stock for the dogs that became Plott hounds came to America with Johannes George Plott in 1750. Family tradition is that the five dogs were a gift from Plott’s father, Elias, a gamekeeper near Heidelberg, Germany.

What I learned new is that the Plott Hound is the State of North Carolina dog. Prized for big game hunting skills with bears and wild hogs  it even has a state historical marker.

Plott Hound

In 1998 the American Kennel Club recognized the Plott hound as a distinctive breed. The Plott hound has been the North Carolina state dog since 1989, but because of their having been bred for hunting and tracking, they are not commonly seen walking on leashes around suburban neighborhoods.

AdventureDawg hope you learned something new. Might be a road trip for Jack, Piper, and Leo.



One comment

  1. WOW!!!! Thank you so much for the post! I love the whole concept of learning something new every day and writing about it. I wish I had that kind of dedication. Of all the places we’ve been, North Carolina has a very special place in my heart. And I must say that is one fine looking animal you’ve got there.

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