Created as a hunting and herding dog for the Louisiana bayous, the Catahoula leopard dog will thrive in an active, working environment.
“The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a hardy, rustic breed that was developed in the American Deep South as an all-purpose farm and hunting dog. “
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Cool Facts About the Catahoula Leopard!
It took a while for fanciers of this breed to settle on a name for it, and even now it’s common to see or hear it referred to as the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog or the Catahoula cur. Other names for the breed include Leopard dog, Leopard cur, Catahoula hound and Catahoula hog dog.
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- The Catahoula should not be left to live outside. He’s a companion dog and does poorly in isolation.
- Because he may be aggressive toward unknown dogs, a Catahoula should never be walked off leash.
- Catahoulas are highly intelligent and need firm, patient, consistent training.
- Catahoulas are energetic dogs who need at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily.
- Catahoulas shed lightly to moderately year-round. They require weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep their coat shiny.
- The Catahoula needs early and frequent socialization, especially if you want him to be friendly toward other animals.
- The Catahoula is not recommended for a timid or first-time owner. This breed needs a confident trainer who is consistent and firm but also loving.
- Catahoula puppies need tough, durable toys.
- The ideal home for a Catahoula is one with a fenced yard and opportunities for the dog to perform its natural work of tracking and herding.
- Catahoulas are protective of the children in their family, but they are not four-legged babysitters. Always supervise interactions between children and dogs.
- If properly socialized and raised with them, Catahoulas can do well with other dogs and animals. It is important to understand that some Catahoulas may never do well with other animals and may need to live in single animal homes.
- Catahoulas can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially if both dogs are male.
- Catahoulas are alert watchdogs and wary of strangers.
- Never buy a Catahoula from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.