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appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship
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Group: Herding dogs.
Also Known As:
Catahoula Leopard Dog, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula
Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur Dog, Catahoula Hound and Louisiana Catahoula
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Catahoula Dog originated
in Louisiana, in the United States. According
to one theory the Catahoula dogs had descended
from ‘war dogs’ brought to Louisiana
in the 16th century by Hernando de Soto. These
‘war dogs’ comprised of Mastiffs
and Greyhounds. The local natives had interbred
some such dogs left behind with their semi-domesticated
Again, the French settlers
arriving in Louisiana in the 17th century
brought with them the Beauceron. Mixing the
Beauceron with the dogs created as a result
of the crosses between the red wolves and
the Spanish ‘war dogs’ gave rise
to the present-day Catahoula.
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A General Description of the Dog
The physical characteristics of
the Catahoula dogs vary. The dogs are tight skinned
and have a single, short and dense coat. This comes
in a variety of colors- blue, black, gray, red and
liver. The dog may also be predominantly white while
being patched with some color like red, chocolate,
black and yellow. The dogs have characteristic ‘cracked
glass’ or ‘marbled glass’ eyes
that are blue or blue-white in color. Both ‘colored’
and ‘glass’ portions are present in
same eye. Brown, green, amber and gray eye colors
are also common. The eye color and the coat color
work in a very complementary and expressive way.
The skull of the dog is broad and
flat. Its ears are of rose type or button over.
The ears may be cropped too. The Catahoula’s
deep chest provides for good heart and lung capacity.
The legs are solid and the bones making it are strong.
Most dogs have webbing between the toes quite like
that of ducks. This enables them to work while moving
around easily while in marshy areas and swim wonderfully.
Male: Between 22 and 26 inches
Female: Between 20 and 24 inches.
Weight: Between 40 and 95 pounds.
Temperament of the Breed
These are intelligent, energetic
and quick animals. They pick up skills fast. They
have an inquisitive nature. They are independent
and protective of their territory and family. They
make excellent guard dogs. They are generally very
loving and gentle towards children. However, they
stay very reserved with strangers as also with strange
children. The tendency to stay reserved with strangers
is not noticeable in case of pups. However, it starts
showing as the dog grows up and becomes mature.
Catahoulas are not for casual pet
owners. However, with the right kind of owners who
display strong leadership qualities and take constant
care of their pets the Catahoula dogs can indeed
be very friendly.
How active is the breed?
The Catahoula dog needs to be exercised
a lot. It is best if the dog gets such an owner
who loves to regularly run, climb mountains and
participate in some other high-performance physical
activity. The dog can then serve as a tireless companion
to the person while getting its daily share of exercising.
Apart from a daily long walk, jog,
hike or run the dog can be allowed to run free in
a fenced yard or in some safe area in the open.
The dogs have average to high levels of energy and
enjoy participating in agility.
Suitable for apartment
If the owner takes care of the
Catahoula dog and gives it time and attention then
the dog can adapt itself to just about any living
condition. However, a large outdoor area is not
a suitable living environment for the dog. Catahoula
dogs may adjust well in apartments. But the owner
needs to provide the dog with considerable exercising
Being single coated dogs i.e. dogs
having a single coat the Catahoula dogs need to
be given protection against the elements. In case
they are kept outside during cold then they need
to be provided a good and warm doghouse. Such a
house should preferably be having an entrance and
then a turn into the sleeping quarters.
The Catahoula has a shorthaired
single-coat. Hence, grooming needs are pretty less.
A brushing once a week and washing of the dog a
couple of times in a year are good enough grooming
measures. The nails of the dog need to be trimmed
Catahoula dogs are relatively healthier
than dogs of many other breeds. However, they are
prone the hip dysplasia and deafness- two serious
health problems. The dogs may be deaf in both ears
or in just one ear. Alongside, they have even been
known to be having eye problems like tunnel vision,
eye not opening all the way and abnormal pupil.
Older dogs have been found to be having cancer too.
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