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Catahoula Leopard Dog Breed Summary

Energetic, Motivated, Alert, Protective and Intelligent

It was when settlers first arrived in the state of Louisiana the they found the land was overrun with wild hogs. For this reason, they decided to breed their own herding doggies with the local Native American ones. The result of this cross breeding was a dog that had high stamina, was extremely tough and also capable of taking on the more ferocious wild hogs. It's also thought these doggies may have Mastiffs, Sighthounds, Beaucerons and Red Wolves in their ancestry. They became a recognised breed in 1995 and were given their official names in 1979, having previously been called Catahoula Leopard Curs.

Other Names Catahoula Leopard Dog, Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Cur, Louisiana Catahoula Cur, Leopard Dogs

These doggies have incredible stamina and energy so need to be with a family that will cater to their needs. Whether they be working, companion dogs or purely pets. They are very alert dogs and will let their 'hoomans' know about any suspicious behaviour, meaning they make excellent watchdogs. They love to be around people and additionally get on well with children, potentially even cats! They do get on with other doggies but if you're planning on getting another, we do recommend you get one of the opposite sex. They have very high energy and need at least one hour of intense exercise everyday so, if you don't already lead an active lifestyle, the Catahoula Leopard Dog probably isn't the breed for you. However, for the right family, they make fantastic pets!