Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Catahoula Cur; Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog; Catahoula Hog Dog; Catahoula Hound
The spirited Catahoula Leopard Dog is thought to go back to the early days of the Spanish exploration of Louisiana. Probably interbred by native Americans with the Red Wolf, this dominant and high energy breed proved capable of hunting dangerous prey like wild boars as well as herding large animals like cattle. Today, it remains a highly prized hunting companion, and it does best with active, outdoorsy owners who have access to a lot of area for roaming.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has been recorded with the AKC's Foundation Stock Service since 1996 and honored as the state dog of Louisiana since 1979. When it is fully acknowledged as an official breed by the AKC, it will be assigned to the herding group.
Appearance / health:
Catahoula Leopard dogs are striking in appearance with their characteristic coats. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a medium to large, short-coated dog with a broad head, small-to-medium drop ears, and an undocked tail set on as a natural extension of the topline. The Catahoula is well muscled and powerful but not bulky, giving the impression of agility and endurance. The skull is broad and flat. The muzzle is deep. When viewed from the top, it tapers toward the nose. The nose can be of any color.
They require little grooming as they are average shedders. Brushing is done once a week. Bathing and shampooing is done when required.
Regular exercise is necessary to keep this dog healthy and happy. The Catahoula Leopard dog should have at least an hour of daily exercise.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs may be prone to deafness and hip dysplasia, a condition marked by badly formed hips that causes lameness. Eye problems can be seen in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Catahoulas are businesslike and take their jobs seriously be it protecting their family members or property. This breed's reservation with strangers may not appear as a pup, but will show as the dog matures. For the right owner, this is a protective yet dominating canine. If these dogs do not get sufficient exercise, they will find other outlets for their energy that can include destructive behavior. Their herding instincts are strong. Several Catahoulas can climb trees.
Dedicated, patient, and firm training is required to train a Catahoula. The learning rate for these dogs is average.
devoted companion, solid working breed, Catahoula Temperment, active family, long distance tracking
fence, hearing problems, strange animals, high prey drive, small family pets, innate dominance
herding dog, powerful square head, rare dog breeds, cow dogs, tree raccoons
A Truly Sweet Girl
My husband and I love to rescue animals. On one of our rescue missions we found a very sweet, very loving Catahoula Leopard Dog. We’d never heard of the her kind, but she was beautiful, so we adopted her without knowing anything about the breed.
Even though we only had her for a short time she holds a very special place in our hearts. Her name was Isis.
We rescued Isis from a shelter in Texas. She immediately took to our family and became very protective of our 2 year old daughter. Isis required a lot of exercise so we went for long walks every day. She also loved to play with our shepherd and the two were best of friends...they liked to work off energy together by wrestling and running around the yard.
Isis was never aggressive to other dogs but she did seem to ‘key’ on cats. She knew our cats and never tried to hurt them but I can't say for sure what she might have done to a strange cat that crossed her path.
Isis was a truly gentle dog, especially with children. I remember one night in particular. It was late and Isis was sleeping on the dog couch (the only piece of furniture the animals could lay on) and Ashley (my 2 year old) was leaning on the couch in front of her. A strange noise got Isis' attention and she perked up and prepared to leap from the couch. She stopped suddenly when she realized Ashley was right in front of her. Then she did something amazing...she slowly and gently nudged Ashley along the couch and out of her way before leaping off to inquire after the noise she’d just heard. It was incredible!
We didn't have Isis for long because my husband was transferred and we had to move into the city. We knew Isis would not be happy as an apartment dog; her breed is meant for lots of space and room to run. We found a wonderful couple that had ten acres and several small children.
For the time we had her she was very easy to train, very easy to groom and very easy to please. She was also quite lovely—the Catahoula coat is gorgeous. She was a wonderful family dog and I only have good things to say about her..
From ElliotWoods Sep 14 2015 3:16PM
Inflammatory joint disease
Inflammation = a localized physical condition in which part of the body becomes reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, especially as a reaction to injury or infection. Inflammatory joint disease can be caused by infection or immune-mediated disease. Immune-mediated polyathritis is fairly rare in dogs, but still occurs sporadically. Adequan is made from bovine cartilage and it resembles by its composition to normal cartilage so it is easily integrated into the joint. Adequan is made more than 20 years ago for control of the symptoms of noninfectious degenerative joint problems aka arthritis. Its main role is to lubricate the joints, stop inflammation (by stoping prostaglandins E2) and stopping the degenerative process and also promote re-building of some elements of the cartilage. Adequan is given every 3-4 days (twice a week) up to 8 times. The dosage is 2 mg/lb body weight (.02 mL/lb, or 1 mL per 50 lb). This therapy is maybe pricey, but it shows very good results and movement improvement..
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic yesterday
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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