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The Catahoula Leopard Dog, a breed as unique as its name, is a remarkable canine known for its distinctive appearance and versatile abilities. Originating from the United States, particularly Louisiana, this breed is not only a loyal companion but also an adept working dog.

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog, a breed as unique as its name, is a remarkable canine known for its distinctive appearance and versatile abilities. Originating from the United States, particularly Louisiana, this breed is not only a loyal companion but also an adept working dog.

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The Ultimate Catahoula Leopard Dog Guide

About Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are known for their intelligence and strong work ethic. They possess a deep loyalty to their family, often forming a close bond with one particular family member. Their protective nature makes them excellent watchdogs. However, their independent streak requires an owner who can establish clear leadership.

Lifespan

Lifespan

10 to 14 years

Weight

Weight

16 to 48 kg

Height

Height

51 to 61 cm

Grooming

Grooming

The coat is short and dense, requiring minimal grooming. 

Origins

The breed’s origin traces back to the 16th century in Louisiana, USA.

They were bred by Native Americans and later by European settlers for hunting and herding.

Their name ‘Catahoula’ is derived from a Choctaw Indian word, and they hold the title of being Louisiana’s state dog.

Historically used for hunting wild boar, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is renowned for its tracking abilities and versatility.

Key Characteristics Of Catahoula Leopard Dogs

Are Catahoula Leopard Dogs Family-Friendly?

Yes. With proper socialisation, they are great with children and can coexist with other pets, although their strong prey drive should be monitored.

Common Health Issues & Considerations

Catahoula Leopard Dogs may suffer from:

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Deafness

Nature / Temperament

Loyal, Intelligent, Independent, Energetic, Protective

Suitable Environment

Due to their energy and size, they are better suited for homes with spacious yards rather than apartments.

Other Considerations

● Their coat is famous for its ‘leopard’ spots, ranging in many colours.

● Catahoulas often have striking blue eyes, or ‘glass’ eyes, and can even have two different coloured eyes.

● They have slightly webbed feet, aiding in swimming and navigating marshy terrain.

How can I take good care of my Catahoula Leopard Dog?

Nutrition

Catahoula Leopard Dogs require a balanced diet rich in proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. High-quality commercial dog food that’s formulated for active breeds can be a good choice. Ingredients should be high in animal protein.

Grooming

Brush their coat weekly to remove loose hair and maintain skin health. They shed moderately, with increased shedding during seasonal changes.

Exercise

A minimum of one hour of vigorous exercise daily is essential. In hot weather, exercise should be done during cooler parts of the day to prevent overheating.

Training

Establish and maintain consistent rules to prevent behavioural issues. They need to understand their place in the family hierarchy.

Consider advanced training or dog sports. They excel in activities that challenge their intelligence and physical abilities.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Catahoula Leopard Dog Questions

Their coat can have a unique ‘leopard’ pattern, and they often have striking blue or heterochromatic eyes.

They are intelligent and learn quickly, but their independent nature requires a consistent and patient training approach.

Finding a reputable Catahoula Leopard Dog breeder is the key to getting a healthy, well-behaved Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy. A puppy from an ethical breeder has a much better chance of growing into a calm, gentle adult dog. The average cost of a Catahoula puppy for sale is usually around AUD $1500 to $4000.

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