Catahoula Leopard Dog Breed Profile


The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the ultimate working dog and is said by many to be the world's most versatile breed. Catahoulas excel at herding and hunting almost any type of cattle or game (including wild boar, raccoon, squirrel, bear, and deer). Catahoula Leopard Dogs can also be used for SAR and narcotics detection. Although better at hunting and herding wild game, they can also be used for treeing.


Blue leopard, red leopard, black, red, yellow, and brindle. Tan and/or white trim may be present.


They are naturally protective of their home and family, and make excellent watch/guard dogs. Catahoulas are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. However, they are also a highly energetic and very assertive breed and require an experienced owner.


The Catahoula Leopard Dog originated in north central Louisiana, near the Catahoula Lake. They were bred for wild hog hunting, herding sheep and other hoofed animals, and as a general purpose working farm dog. Through careful breeding, they have maintained the work ethic, but have moved into being more indoor-family oriented pets.

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