The Catahoula dog originated from northern Louisiana near Catahoula Lake. This breed of dog is between local dog and bloodhounds. These are sometime call as Catahoula curs, Catahoula leopard, or Catahoula hounds. But the name was changed to Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog when these became the state dog of Louisiana.
Catahoula leopard dog was used to track and round up the wild hogs that roamed the forest. In 1995 the united kennel club was first register to recognized Catahoula. The Catahoula entered in America kennel club in 1996. It is a unique dog with interesting heritage and strong ability. The Catahoula dog not suited for every family. But those who have Catahoula leopard dog enjoy a steadfast protector and companion of life.
The average life span of Catahoula leopard dog is 10 to 14 years.
Catahoula leopard dog are great in size that slightly larger as compare to female. Typically height of male is 22-28 inch and female 22-27 inch and body weight of male 20-48 kg and female 18-45 kg. The Catahoula dog are come in different colors include blue merle, brindle, red merle, and solid colors. Solid coat Catahoula has small splashes on face, legs and chest.
The texture of a Catahoula coat may show some variance spotted, coarse, or wooly. This breed of dog have cracked or marbled glass eyes. The tail of dog may be long and reach at hocks of back legs. Most dogs have webbing between the toes. These types of feet give ability to Catahoula to work marshy area and swimming.
Catahoula leopard dogs are highly intelligent and energetic breed. These are assertive but not aggressive by nature. These dogs are very serious about their job if they are doing but will not tolerate being isolated. When Catahoula live with children then these understand that its duty or responsibility to look after the children. Catahoula are naturally alarm dog.
Deafness is one of the major problems in Catahoula. A Catahoula that predominately white has an 80% chance of being bi-laterally deaf. Puppies born where both parents have the merle color pattern have 25% chance of being born blind. The hip dysplasia disease is depending on the gene pool.
The Catahoula leopard dogs very love nature with family. These dogs require daily exercise. Dogs are highly maintenance breed so if you not provide right amount of feed, every day attention as it expect it start causing problem. Like chewing things and digging holes.