Although the Plott Hound isn’t technically apple pie, it’s about as American. These loyal and alert dogs are one of the few breeds that originated in the United States – without any British ancestry.
In 1750, George Plott arrived in America with five Hanoverian Hounds. For seven generations, he and his descendants bred them in the mountains of North Carolina.
The dogs eventually came to be called by the family name and were famous as coonhounds.
As the only breed from North Carolina, these loving and friendly hounds were named the state's dog in 1989. Here’s hoping that, whatever new breeds we may encounter in the future, we never lose the Plott.