Undated real photo postcard showing dogs working at a primitive coal mine. Believed to have been taken in southwestern Pennsylvania.
More About the Photo
Feist or Fiction?: The Squirrel Dog of the Southern Mountains
a chapter in Homeplace Geography: Essays for Appalachia by Donald Edward Davis
Thoroughly Modern Squirrel Dogs
via wvculture.org - Photograph and hand-tinting by Michael Keller.
A 2005 WV Wildlife article about the use of feists and curs for squirrel hunting in West Virginia.
Squirrel hunting with dogs is a time-honored Appalachian tradition that has been around since the first pioneers ventured into the mountains.
History of the Plott Hound
North Carolina’s state dog was developed by generations of the Plott family (originally in Haywood County, NC) who needed a tough, courageous dog to hunt big game, such as wild board and bear. The dogs descended from five Hanoverian hounds that accompanied German immigrant Johannes Plott on his journey to the United States.