Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Other name(s): Catahoula Cur; Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog; Catahoula Hog Dog; Catahoula Hound

The basics:
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

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