“It is also one of only four breeds known to be of American origin.” From the wikipedia entry on the Plott hound. This might be one of the dumbest statements ever written on dogs in history.
I can name more than four breeds that are of American origin. If it is a breed of coonhound, then it is of American origin, even if its name is “English coonhound.” There are no raccoons in England, so the English wouldn’t be breeding coonhounds, would they? Black and tan, Treeing Walker, English, Redbone, and Plott (which is not necessarily a coonhound in its original purpose).
Then there’s the monstrosity of dogs. The American cocker spaniel or, as I call it, the American biting spaniel. This breed is called a cocker spaniel in the US, as if it were the original type for this dog. However, the puffed up poodle dog is a recent creation that happened in the United States.
Then there are the curs. We can’t call those breeds, though, because curs are still bred for their purpose. And some people have been incorrectly advised that cur means mixed breed. This is not the case. Curs are working dogs. They exist in various sorts of landraces. Most are mixture of hound and herding dogs, while others have some mastiff, Native American dog, or even bull terrier thrown in. If we were to consider the various cur dogs breeds, then we’d have at least a dozen American dogs.
Then we have the Alaskan malamute– that’s an American dog.
The Carolina dog– that’s another American dog.
The pit bull is American– it was our national dog for many years.
The boston terrier– a toy bulldog from Beacon Hill.
Rat terrier– a ratting terrier from America, heavily promoted by Teddy Roosevelt.
The American bulldog and the Alapaha bulldog are both American.
Who could forget the Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Also American.
This list is far from exhaustive, but it tells me that whoever wrote that statement is a fool.