The Catahoula Leopard dog is believed to be descended from ward dog breeds like the Mastiff and Greyhound. They excel as a working dog and their versatility is great for training as herd dogs and for hunting. This breed became the State Dog of Louisiana in 1979.


Catahoula Leopard dogs is one breed you don’t want to keep cooped up in an apartment. A large fenced yard or lots of acreage is needed so that the Catahoula can hunt or work in order to sustain their high amount of energy and extraordinary amount of exercise they need.


Catahoula Leopard dogs is one of the easiest of breeds when it comes to care. They only require bathing when absolutely necessary and brushing should be done occasionally. They will need to have their ears and paws checked regularly for debris as well. Catahoula’s that have mostly white coats have an 80 percent chance of being deaf in one or both years.


The Catahoula Leopard breed is very athletic and agile with a fierce territorial disposition. They have prominent webbing in their paws, which makes them adept at swimming and working in marsh like conditions. They are enthusiastic and full of energy, which requires constant exercise and attention.


This breed has a single layer coat that is short and smooth. Brushing should be done only when needed as they don’t shed all that much. Bathing should only be done when needed to keep the natural oils.


This breed can be a handful if you are a first time dog owner. While they are highly protective of their territory and family, they can become quite aggressive towards strangers and other pets. They are not recommended for first time owners, but those that can handle a Catahoula will find them affectionate and playful.


The Catahoula breed is exceptionally strong willed and dominant by nature and requires a firm owner that is as active as they are. Early obedience training is a must, even for long time owners to acclimate this breed.