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12 Facts About the Catahoula Leopard Dog

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a dog breed used in the United States of America as a hunting dog, working dog and pet. The history of this breed can be traced back to ancient times, when it was known as the “Catawba Cur” (or “Catchow”). The Catahoula’s early ancestors were probably introduced to North America through the conquistadors and other breeds such as English Pointers, Greyhounds and war dogs brought to North America by early Spanish settlers that may have been mixed with the original Catawba.

The name “Catahoula” is given because of their association with the Catawba people in Louisiana. The name is derived from the Catawba word for their own tribe, “Catawba” or “Katawa”, and “houla”, meaning corn in old Choctaw language, so literally Catahoula means: “corn people”.

The official Louisiana state dog breed is the Catahoula Leopard Dog, named after La Sertesse Mountain where the breed was first found. The Catahoula is a working dog that is smart, loyal and can be trained to hunt wild boar.

1) The Catahoula was bred to hunt wild hogs and was sometimes called the Catahoula hog dog. They are tough and athletic because they had to be-chasing wild hogs through the Lousiana bayou is no easy task!

2) Originally bred as a hunting dog, this breed loves to use their nose and has been known to follow prey for miles on end, tracking it down with their keen sense of smell.

3) Catahoulas are known to have an adventurous, bionic personality. They love to jump and climb (they never met a fence they couldn’t get over), but they also make great couch potatoes when the occasion calls for it!

4) The Catahoula is very intelligent and can be trained in obedience, personal protection or even herding cattle.

5) In AKC running competitions, the Catahoula ran an average speed of 25.2 mph. The fastest recorded running speed is by a female dog named Maxwells Needed A Home BCAT CGC of 28.48 mph.

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6) The Catahoula loves water and is known to stomp through puddles just because they can! They also enjoy any snow or cold weather activities you throw their way. Their webbed feet helps make them great swimmers.

7) Catahoulas act much like cats in the fact that they are very clean and will groom themselves often, licking their paws much like you would wipe your hands on your pants when dirty.

8) The Catahoula is known to possess two distinct color phases: blue (gray/black) with white markings or “leopard” (brindle) with white markings.

9) Catahoulas are highly territorial and will mark their territory often to ward off rivals from trespassing in their space. They can be very possessive of what they “own” and this is why you should train your Catahoula early on in life, so it knows who is in charge.

10) With their highly protective nature, Catahoulas make great guard dogs to warn off strangers from your property and have been known to attack tresspassers they don’t know without being taught or told to do so!

11) The origin of the Catahoula Leopard Dog can be traced by DNA analysis back to a single common male ancestor, illustrating their close kinship with the greyhound and pointer family.

12) There are three lines of Catahoula dogs. The Wright line weighs up to 100 pounds, Fairbanks’ Catahoulas weigh about 70 pounds and the McMillan line-50 to 55 pounds.

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