BCAR resident Brody—a handsome, male, one-year-old brindle Plott hound mix—was featured in the July and September Smoke Signals’ articles. He is currently undergoing physical therapy for his hip, which he apparently broke before coming to BCAR. Upon hearing Brody is a Plott hound mix, folks typically reply: “I have never heard of that breed.”
The Plott hound is descended from five “Hanover hounds” bred to hunt boar, brought from Germany to North Carolina by Johannes (George) Plott in 1750. From this stock, a new breed was created to pursue bear in North Carolina. Hunters from across the United States traveled to North Carolina to get a Plott hound.
“Plott hounds are not cute or cuddly. They will not fetch your slippers or bring you the paper. But if you need a dog that will chase a 200-pound bear for days and never give up, they have no equal. Plott hounds are smart, tough and will follow game for days at a time.” (https://digitalheritage.org/2014/08/plott-hounds)
“The Plott hound loves children and looks out for them as if they were his own. The Plott hound would make a great companion for a jogger, hiker and especially a hunter. He will often protect children, making the Plott an excellent family dog.” (https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-breeds/plott-hound)
Did you not know some states have a state dog just like a state flower, tree or flag? There are 15 such states, including Georgia. These states and their official dogs are shown below. However, you will need to match them to each other.
Technically, the state dog of Delaware was only the state dog for one year. However, it is still considered by many to be its official dog. Schoolchildren in Alaska and New Hampshire mounted campaigns to get the dog breeds in their states named. The breeds in Alaska, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and North Carolina are indigenous to their states. The state dog of South Carolina was originally bred to hunt wild turkeys in the South Carolina swamps. Dogster magazine once referred to this breed as the "Swamp Poodle." The state dog in Louisiana is believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America and are descendants of the dogs of the Native Americans. Spanish explorers in the 1500s described these dogs as looking like wolves and barking like dogs. These explorers bred the native dogs to the canines they brought from Spain.
The state that chose to make an “adoptable dog” the state dog did so in hopes of raising awareness about shelter pets in need and the animal rescues who care for them.
The lists below do not match; your challenge is to match the state to its dog in the lists below. Answers on page 8.
Alaska Adoptable dogs
Georgia American foxhound
Louisiana American water spaniel
Maryland Blue Lacy
Massachusetts Bluetick coonhound
New Hampshire Boston terrier
New York Chesapeake Bay retriever
North Carolina Boykin spaniel
Pennsylvania Catahoula leopard dog
South Carolina Working dogs
Texas Golden retriever
Virginia Great Dane
Wisconsin Plott hound
Delaware Golden retriever
Georgia Adoptable dog
Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog
Maryland Chesapeake Bay retriever
Massachusetts Boston terrier
New Hampshire Chinook
New York Working dogs
North Carolina Plott hound
Pennsylvania Great Dane
South Carolina Boykin spaniel
Tennessee Bluetick coonhound
Texas Blue Lacy
Virginia American foxhound
Wisconsin American water spaniel