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Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dog
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The Catahoula Leopard dog was named after an Indian word Choctaw meaning "sacred lake". The Catahoula Leopard dog originated near the Catahoula lake in Louisiana. More than likely they are a product of breeding between Bloodhounds Mastiffs and Greyhounds, but no one knows for certain. They are also known as Catahoula Curs or hog dogs. They are Louisiana's state dog.

They were often used to bring in wild hogs from nearby forests. There is an organization known as the Louisiana Catahoula Cur Association and it was formed in 1976. Another organization dedicated towards this dog was established in 1977 It was called The National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas. These two organizations and many others helped in keeping up with the dogs ability to work and conformation. This was done with clinics, trials, certified testing and even through shows.

Are they aggressive towards people? No! It's all about the training!

The temperament of Catahoula Leopard dogs is great. They are not an aggressive breed towards people whatsoever. Although they may be wary of people they do not know they are not shy. Within a family unit they can be very loving and protective. Male dogs can be somewhat aggressive towards other males to assert dominance. Their temperament can depend on different types of things.

They need places where they can ran seeing as they were known for their herding abilities. They can be good watch dogs, barking or standing at attention when strangers approach. When the dogs are puppies it is important to introduce people and other animals early on. This will ensure the best qualities out of your dog when it becomes a mature age.

How long can I expect to keep my friend around for?

The average lifespan of the Catahoula Leopard Dog is approximately between ten to fourteen years of age. This means you will have your pal for quite some time!

Shedding? Not much of a problem!

The Catahoula Leopard dog's have different coat colors and patterns. Brushing the dog's coat weekly is ideal. To keep it clean and shiny. They shed all year round and can be from light to moderate amounts. They have a medium length single coat that is close to their body. The texture of their coat can be silky or rough it varies. While grooming your dog make sure to keep treats around for positive reinforcement this will make the experience a whole lot better,

Breed Information

Origin:United States
Breed Group:Herding
Size:Medium to Large
Life span:11-13 years
Height:Male: 22-26 inches (56-58 cm)
Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)
Weight:55-80 pounds (16-37 kg)
Black and Tan
Litter Size:8-12 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $300 - $500 USD

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Dog names

Rank Male Female
1 Duke Sophie
2 Tucker Bailey
3 Riley Stella
4 Buster Gracie
5 Dexter Zoe
6 Lucky Lilly
7 Sam Annie
8 Rusty Angel
9 Bo Harley
10 Simba Phoebe
11 Apollo Charlie
12 Samson Mocha
13 Oreo Macy
14 Benny Allie
15 Ranger Gigi
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