(Elizabeth City, NC) In conjunction with National Pet Week, the Museum of the Albemarle announces the opening of the exhibit: Our State Dog: North Carolina’s Plott Hound Saturday May 8. This exhibit pays tribute to the dog developed and bred in the mountains of North Carolina that was to become the state dog. In 1750 Jonathan Plott arrived in America with five German-born Hanoverian hounds. Settling in the mountains of North Carolina, Plott raised a family, and bred his dogs. For the next 200 years the dogs were bred by generations of Plott family members to hunt bear and raccoon in the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Great Smoky Mountains. The Plott family rarely put the dogs on the market so they remained rare outside the southern United States. The dogs were recognized for the first time in 1946 by the United States Kennel Club. In 2006 the dogs were officially recognized by the AKC as the “Plott” and are now shown as a show dog, but many still use them as hunting dogs.
The Plott hound is a medium-sized powerful muscular dog. They feature prominent brown or hazel eyes with black rims. Other characteristics include hanging ears, a long tail, strong feet with webbed toes, a short fine coat, and can include any shade of brindle, solid black and rare buckskin.
Our State Dog: North Carolina’s Plott Hound highlights the history of the Plott Hound and explores bear hunting in the Albemarle area with input from the Albemarle Houndsmen Association. This exhibit was created by the Mountain Heritage Center of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. For more information, call 252-335-1453.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums, Department of Cultural Resources, State of North Carolina. Treasure NC Culture. www.ncculture.com