What is a Catahoula?
legends surround the Catahoula Leopard Dog (or Catahoula Leopard Cur),
some bordering on the fantastic. What is certain is that the Catahoula
is a dog with American roots, bred by the original European settlers
of the Gulf States, who used the dogs to work livestock. Today, Catahoulas
continue to do the work for which they were originally bred, used by
farmers, ranchers, and hunters throughout the United States and Canada.
is a well-muscled, deep-chested dog. The coat is short, usually in a
merle, solid, or black, white and tan pattern. This breed is known for
its striking blue eyes (called "glass") but Catahoulas' eyes
may be any color. The average weight of a Catahoula is 55-80 pounds.
their popularity increases, more and more Catahoulas are joining non-working
homes as companion animals. However, because of their working background,
Catahoulas require constant mental stimulation and hard physical exercise
to be good companions. One to two hours DAILY of running or hard play
is just the beginning. Also, Catahoulas must have obedience training
- they are an assertive, dominant breed and can quickly take over a
household if given the chance.
are intelligent, loyal, independent, protective and highly entertaining!
Most people who are "owned" by these dogs would never have
LINK to color descriptions and photos courtesy of Black Oak Catahoulas