Catahoula Leopard Dog


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Catahoula Leopard Dog
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: United States
Group: Herding dog
Height: males 22-26 in., females 20-24 in.
Weight: 55-80 lbs.
Life span: 14-16 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes with early & continual socialization
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization

What is the origin of the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

While it was developed by the first colonists in Louisiana, the Catahoula Leopard Dog's origins are somewhat cloudy. The Catahoula is believed to have been developed by Native Americans and settlers in the early days of America. It may be the oldest existing breed in the U.S. The Catahoula was named after Catahoula Parish in Northeastern Louisiana. It became the State Dog of Louisiana in 1979..

What does the Catahoula Leopard Dog look like?

The Catahoula weighs between 55-80 lbs. Height for a male is 22-26 inches, females are 20-24 inches. The skull is broad and flat. Its chest is deep. Ears are folded. The coat is single, short, lying close to the body, sometimes coarse. The usual coat color is blue-grey with black, red or yellow markings. Brushing once weekly will keep the coat clean.

What is the temperament of the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

The Catahoula is an independent dog and needs a firm handler who can be a leader. The Catahoula needs early and consistent socialization and training. They are affectionate with their families but wary of strangers including unfamiliar children. The Catahoula can be an aggressive guard dog. As their coat is a single layer, it's best to keep them indoors especially during cold weather. They need an owner who shows them a lot of attention and regular exercise.

What is the Catahoula Leopard Dog used for?

The Catahoula was used to round up feral pigs where these dogs work in concert. Today it is still a herding dog of hogs, cattle and sheep, in particular rounding up strays.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, deafness.