This handsome hound is the state dog of North Carolina and descends from Hanoverian Hounds brought from Germany by the Plott family in 1750. They have been used by mountain inhabitants of that region for hunting bear, boar, raccoon, and other game ever since. The Plott Hound is a brave, hardy breed with lots of endurance and determination. While fierce hunters in the field, they are intelligent and eager to please so make good family companions as long as attention and exercise are adequate. They have a melodious hound voice which is not necessarily limited to treeing quarry. Their short, smooth coat needs little maintenance.