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Catahoula Leopard Dogs

Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Catahoula Leopard Dog, also known as the Catahoula Cur or the Catahoula Hound, is names after the Catahoula Parish in the state of Louisiana in the USA. These dogs are the official state dogs of Louisiana and have been since 1979. Originally bred for use as working dogs, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is particularly skilled at hunting and herding. The coat of this breed is short haired and smooth and colored in a merle or black/tan pattern.


Catahoulas are highly intelligent dogs that are full of energy. Despite being quite independent, these dogs are still affectionate and loving towards their owner and family. They are easy to train but does require an owner with a firm, confident hand. The Catahoula is very protective of its family and territory and makes a great watch dog and guard dog, alerting its master about anything it percieves as unfamiliar. This dog is excellent with children and other dogs and pets, if properly socialized and therefore makes a great family pet.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 22-26 inches (56-58cm) Bitches 20-24 inches (51-61cm)

    Weight: Dogs 55-80 pounds (16-37kg) Bitches 55-80 pounds (16-37kg)

  • Health Problems

    This breed is prone to hip dysplasia and deafness. Eye problems can also be an issue. However, this is a hardy breed of dog that is relatively free of diseases.

  • Living Conditions

    This breed is not recommended for apartment life in general. They do far better in larger households that include a good-sized yard to play in.

  • Exercise

    Due to its working dog genes, the Leopard Dog needs a large amount of physical and mental stimulation. This breed should be taken on a long, brisk walk on a daily basis or taken for a run. They also do best when they have a job to do or when playing a game like fetch.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 12-13 years.

  • Litter Size

    8-12 puppies

  • Grooming

    The short hair of the Leopard Dog's coat does not require too much grooming. A simple brushing or combing once a week will suffice. This breed is a light, but constant shedder.

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