Catahoula Leopard Dog

About the Breed

The Catahoula Leopard Dog, also commonly known as the Catahoula Cur, Louisiana Catahoula, or the Catahoula Leopard Hound, originated from the Nordic Wolfhound.

They were developed in the state of Louisiana in the United States, specifically in Catahoula Parish. Since 1979, the breed has been the state dog of Louisiana.

They have been used to round up feral pigs as well as escaped livestock in the woods and swamps of the American South. Their webbed feet make them perfect for traversing the wet and sticky conditions of swampland. Due to their protective nature, they have also been used as "nanny dogs" to be brought up with children. More recently, they have gained traction as sled dogs in Canada.

Quick Facts

Height: 20 - 26 inches

Weight: 40 - 90 lbs

Coat Colors: Black, Black and Tan, Blue, Brindle, Brown, Gray, Red, Silver, and Tricolor

Markings: Blue and brown eyes (known for "cracked glass" eyes), leopard spotting

Conformation: Medium-Medium/Large, short coat, broad head, small-medium drop ears, undocked tail, well-muscled.

Common Uses: Hunting, Herding, Therapy/Service Dogs

Temperament: Independent, protective, and territorial

Place of Origin: United States

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