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American Leopard Hound Breed Summary
Comical, Affectionate, Protective, Loyal and Playful
American Leopard Hounds are thought to have been descendants of doggies brought into Mexico via Spanish settlers, after Christopher Columbus discovered the new world. It's thought that the breed was then crossed with Mexican dogs. Back then, they were referred to as Leopard Dogs and were used for hunting down boar and bear. Though there are no physical records of the origin or development of the American Leopard Hound, they could be one of the oldest in America. It's thought that they were probably used to watch over livestock, such as chickens and pigs, with their main job being to keep track of escaping livestock. They became a recognised breed in 1998, though they only officially got their name in 2008, having been priorly referred to as Leopard Curs.
These doggies are known for their comical and goofy ways. But in particular they really love their 'human' families and form very strong bonds with each and every member, doing anything that they can to please them. Additionally, they are very protective over their families, in particular children, doing all they can to protect them from strangers. They are fairly energetic, but so long as they receive a couple of daily walks and exercise, this will be enough for them to remain fit and healthy. Because they love their owners so much, they don't like being left alone by themselves and would probably benefit from having a doggy playmate. However, they shouldn't go to a home where there are lots of small animals due to their very strong prey drive. For the right family they have the potential to provide you with years of love and joy!