Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
California, United States
Posted January 5, 2012
When I was younger, my grandparents bought a Catahoula. We named him Beau (my grandfather actually named him after a Jazz singer). He was a wonderful dog: loyal, loving, and friendly. But, he was also a nervous dog.
Though we got him when he was a puppy, some people thought he had been abused, because he was excitable and anxious, taking a while to warm up to people. He hated getting into trouble, often assuming a submissive position if voices were raised in his direction (though he loved when the Labrador we had got into trouble). In this way, he was a lot more like my child than my pet.
When I became pregnant, he started guarding me fiercely - barking wildly at the gardener, for instance, if he came too close. He also never much liked mail carriers, so it's a good thing he was always safely fenced in our backyard. He would have made an excellent guard dog, had we bought him for that purpose.
Those "negatives" aside (and I would argue that they weren't all that negative - he never hurt anyone and was actually very friendly to anyone who was invited into our home/onto our property). He was very smart, obviously loyal, and one of the sweetest dogs I've ever known. He's missed every day.
He was always good with children and never nipped at our cats (even though they attempted to provoke him often), but he did occasionally fight with the Labrador (he never hurt her though either). I would definitely recommend a Catahoula for a family or personal pet. Having Beau as a pet and a friend was a wonderful experience.