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Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (FSS); UKC (Herding)


Large. Weight: 70-80; Female: 55-65 lbs. Height: Male: 22-26; Female: 20-24 inches


Short to medium in length. Smooth and thick.


Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, Brindle

Life Span:

10 to 12 years.

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 80
Barking Tendencies – 80
Cat Friendly – 60
Cold Weather Tolerance – 60
Exercise Needs – 100
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 20
Hot Weather Tolerance – 60
Intelligence – 80
Kid Friendly – 60
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 60
Social Needs – 60
Watchdog Ability – 100

Did You Know?

This dog breed originated in Louisiana.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Overview

This dog breed is believed to have descended from “war dogs” like the Mastiff and Greyhound. The Catahoula Leopard is considered to be the ultimate working dog and probably the most versatile. This dog breed excels at cattle herding and wild game hunting, including squirrel, deer, bear, raccoon and wild boar. Catahoula Leopards have the distinction of being the State dog of Louisiana since 1979.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Characteristics

This dog breed is athletic, territorial and agile. The Catahoula Leopard Dog has extreme energy and enthusiasm. This breed is medium to large in size and very muscular. The unique characteristic of the Catahoula Leopard Dog is prominent webbing of the paws that allow them to work in marshy areas makes them great swimmers.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Temperament

This dog breed is not recommended for novice or first time dog owners. The Catahoula Leopard Dog does not get along well with other dogs or household pets. They also not recommended for homes with young children. The Catahoula Leopard breed is highly protective of their family and territory and is aggressive toward strangers. This dog breed is extremely affectionate and playful towards their owners and in the right environment makes a delightful companion and guard dog.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Care

This dog breed requires minimal grooming. An occasional brush suffices for the Catahoula Leopard Dog. To preserve the natural oils of the skin and coat, this breed should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. It is important to the ears and paws regularly for debris. The Catahoula Leopard is generally a healthy breed, but dogs with primarily white coats are estimated to have an 80% chance of being deaf in one or both ears, and are also prone to blindness. Other recorded health problems include hip dysplasia, abnormal pupils and tunnel arevision.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Coat

This dog breed has a single coat. The Catahoula Leopard’s coat is medium in length and thick, smooth and short.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Training

This dog breed is extremely assertive, strong-willed and dominant. The Catahoula Leopard requires a strong, dominant and active owner. Early obedience training is vital to overcome dominance issues. Training should always be performed with firmness, fairness and consistency.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Activity

This dog breed is highly energetic and requires an above average amount of exercise. The breed is not suited to city or apartment living. This breed does best in an environment where there is the opportunity to hunt or and a job to do work. The Catahoula Leopard Dog tends to become destructive when bored. This breed excels at agility.

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