Prized for their ability to follow even week old scent trails, these dogs originated in Germany. They were tough enough to fight bear. For smaller game, they were adept at treeing and waiting for the hunter to arrive. They are now the state dog of North Carolina.
Loyal and eager to please, these dogs are protective but can warm up quickly to strangers. They will be fierce if the need for protection arises. Not good to have with a cat, at all.