This is Bumpus. He is employed by our Sheriff’s Department in a search and rescue capacity and I met him today at a fundraiser for our local K9 units. This fundraiser was held at our favorite diner and I kept getting up from my grilled ham and cheese to meet and photograph some very cool dogs. Dogs are good in a diner.
I guessed that Bumpus, being a big brindle hound, was a Plott Hound. (A Plott is a classic American coonhound also used to hunt big game, and it is, well, big and brindle– the only large striped hound you commonly see.) But his partner informed me that Bumpus is not a Plott but rather a Hanover Hound or Hanoverian, a breed that’s rare even in Europe and almost unknown here. I’ve certainly never met one before. (It’s also the breed that was almost certainly crossed with early American hounds to create the Plott Hound, so I was on the right track. To use an expression appropriate to the topic.)
Regardless of his unusual background, Bumpus is a cheerful, down to earth kind of guy who enjoys being petted, meeting new people, and (obviously) sticking his magnificent nose into things. Good dog, Bumpus!