The story of the Plott hound begins in 1750 when Johannes Plott emigrated to colonial America from Heidelberg, Germany. He brought with him two Hanoverian-type Schweisshunds (bloodhounds). Plott eventually settled in New Bern, married, had three sons, and then moved on to Cabarrus County. His descendants continued to live in the Smoky Mountains and breed the dogs. The Plott hound is an intelligent animal, has a formidable reputation as a hunter, and tends to be a one-person dog. In 1946, the dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club, and years later by the American Kennel Club. On August 12, 1989, the North Carolina General Assembly officially recognized the Plott hound as the State Dog. At the time, few North Carolinians had ever heard of the hound, much less seen one.