Hunting Dogs of Transylvania County


North Carolina designated the Plott Hound as the official state dog in 1989.

Famed southern writer William Gilmore Simms wrote in his 1847 journal about the hunting dogs of our county's long hunters. Jim Fisher, 70 years old at the time of Simms's visit, told many stories of valiant battles between his dogs and the bears and panthers he hunted. Fisher lived in the Lake Toxaway area and had hunted the area since the late 1700s. He had been one of the counties first European settlers. His favorite dog named "Wonder" was sewn up many times from those epic battles. Fisher even describes the dogs the Cherokee owned which lived at the time throughout the county. North Car...

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