Thinking about purchasing an Catahoula Leopard Dog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Catahoula Leopard Dog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Catahoula Leopard Dog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Catahoula Leopard Dog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Catahoula Leopard Dog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Catahoula Leopard Dog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Catahoula Leopard Dog Breed Profile
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the ultimate working dog and is said by many to be the world's most versatile breed. Catahoulas excel at herding and hunting almost any type of cattle or game (including wild boar, raccoon, squirrel, bear, and deer). Catahoula Leopard Dogs can also be used for SAR and narcotics detection. Although better at hunting and herding wild game, they can also be used for treeing. They are naturally protective of their home and family, and make excellent watch/guard dogs. Catahoulas are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. However, they are also a highly energetic and very assertive breed and require an experienced owner. A working or hunting home is preferable, as these dogs are best at picking fights with their quarry. They are affectionate and sensitive to their owner, yet tough on game. As one owner puts it, they are "strong" and "made of whipcord and leather". They are very protective of their family, and are not generally kind to strangers. They are tough in the working fields and work best herding or hunting wild animals, rather than docile ones, since they might be too harsh on them. Catahoula Curs are generally more tough and aggressive than other shepherd dogs, so an experienced owner is highly suggested. Bred through natural selection of the fittest dog, this breed has evolved to be the best at what it does.
Other Names: Catahoula, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hog Dog, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
20 - 26 inches.
Blue leopard, red leopard, black, red, yellow, and brindle. Tan and/or
white trim may be present. The coat can be any color or pattern. It is
often patchy, brindled, or leopard. The eyes can be any color or combination
of colors, including blue. The colors come from distinct lines of the breed.
The Wright line descended from the original Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's
dogs. The brindle to yellow colored dogs were from the Fairbanks line, and the
blue leopard color and glassy eyes came from the McMillin line. All have been
crossed with each other.
Leopard Dogs are assertive, strong, workaholic dogs. They are affectionate and
playful with their owners, but remain wary of strangers. They are very protective
and not afraid of a fight, in fact they like to pick fights with quarry. They
generally get along with children, but should be supervised. They are more tough
than most other shepherd dogs, as they heel harder and are more aggressive with
livestock. Best used for wild animals, this breed may have red wolf blood. They
are dominant, strong-willed and serve as pack leaders.
Catahoula Leopard Dog Care and
Training: Minimal grooming. Catahoulas require a lot
of exercise the minimum should be a run for a full hour daily. A good
exercise would be herding, treeing, or some other activity that requires them
Activity: Very High.
Catahoulas need to do a job or activity to release constant energy.
Catahoula Leopard Dog Health Issues: This breed is mostly healthy and generally free of diseases. Dogs with primarily white coats have an 80% chance of deafness in one or both ears, and/or blindness. Other dogs have had problems with tunnel vision and abnormal pupils, as well as hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 10 - 14
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (AKC Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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