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What is a Catahoula?

Myths and legends surround the Catahoula Leopard Dog (or Catahoula Leopard Cur), some bordering on the fantastic. What is certain is that the Catahoula is a dog with American roots, bred by the original European settlers of the Gulf States, who used the dogs to work livestock. Today, Catahoulas continue to do the work for which they were originally bred, used by farmers, ranchers, and hunters throughout the United States and Canada.

The Catahoula is a well-muscled, deep-chested dog. The coat is short, usually in a merle, solid, or black, white and tan pattern. This breed is known for its striking blue eyes (called "glass") but Catahoulas' eyes may be any color. The average weight of a Catahoula is 55-80 pounds. 

As their popularity increases, more and more Catahoulas are joining non-working homes as companion animals. However, because of their working background, Catahoulas require constant mental stimulation and hard physical exercise to be good companions. One to two hours DAILY of running or hard play is just the beginning. Also, Catahoulas must have obedience training - they are an assertive, dominant breed and can quickly take over a household if given the chance. 

Catahoulas are intelligent, loyal, independent, protective and highly entertaining! Most people who are "owned" by these dogs would never have another breed.

LINK to color descriptions and photos courtesy of Black Oak Catahoulas

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