Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Breed Description +

Traditionally are pack hounds and need an owner that will be dominant to prevent behavioral issues. Excellent hunters, they thrive when receiving plenty of exercise. Likely to be reserved with strangers and can very territorial. Dogs that will benefit from plenty of socialization particularly when young. A short coat that often exhibits merle patterning giving a characteristic appearance. Much variation in coat coloration exists including black, blue, red, chocolate and brindle, with tan markings and white spotting also possible.
  • AKC Name:

    Catahoula Leopard Dog

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  • Observed Weight:

    45 - 87 lb

  • Show Weight:

    55 - 80 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 20 - 26 in


The Catahoula Leopard Dog has been developed in and is named after the region of Catahoula Lake in Louisiana. The breed is thought to be derived from crosses between native Indian dogs and dogs brought to the United States by Spanish explorers. The breed has been used extensively to control wild hogs and cows by holding the animals in a kind of "canine fence". The breed is still used for this task to this day, although they have also been used for hunting and herding. The working instinct is key to this breed which is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.

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