Cataholua is of Choctaw origin and loosely translated, means “Sacred Lake. The Cathoula Leopard Dog is also the only dog that is said to originate in the State of Louisiana. They are said to come from the northern part of Louisiana, near Catahoula Lake, hence the name, Catahoula Leopard Dog. It’s said that the Catahoula is a cross between the Bloodhound, the Mastiff, and the Greyhound that were all brought to Louisiana by Spanish Explorers. They were once used to track wild hogs that invaded the forests of northern Louisiana which gave the nickname “Hog Dog.”
In 1976, The Louisiana Catahoula Cur Association was formed, followed one year later by the Association of Louisiana Catahoulas. Another association, the Catahoula Cur Breeders Association, helps register Catahoulas while the American Catahoula Association works to promote and maintain the integrity of the breed. The Home | United Kennel Club (UKC)first recognized and registered the Catahoula in 1995 while on the other hand, the American Kennel Clubhas yet to recognize them. This is because the Catahoula has yet to meet the requirements for recognition by the AKC.
The Catahoula is not suited for life with just any family and this one dog who shouldn’t be left out in the yard. They shouldn’t be tied up on a lead, nor should they enclosed an in electronic fence. If the Catahoula happens to see another dog in the yard, he or she will ignore the shock of the electric fence to chase another dog approaching his or her territory. The Catahoula will need a tall, solid barrier fence so that they aren’t able to see what might be lurking on the other side.
The Catahoula is also a dog that craves companionship and exercise. You should expect to exercise your Catahoula at least one hour, every day. He’ll also need his mind stimulated with training and/or play. You can help keep your Catahoula in shape by measuring out his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food sitting in his dish. Meals should be divided into two servings, of about 3 to five cups of food a day. The amount of food you feed your dog will depend on how large he/she is when they are full grown. If you have questions about your dogs’ diet, be sure to talk to your veterinarian. He or she will be able to give you the best advice about what to feed your dog.
The average Catahoula will measure 22 to 26 inches at the shoulder and he will weigh 65 to 90 pounds. The female, on the other hand, will measure 20 to 24 inches at the shoulder and she will weigh 50 to 65 pounds. Colors include Brindle, Black, Red Merle, Black Merle, Red and Yellow. They shedlightly all year round and require weekly brushing. Brushing a Catahoula regularly will rid his coat of dead hair. It will also help keep his coat shiny.
Training should begin the moment you bring your dog home. This intelligent breed will learn quickly but he needs someone who is strong and willing to take the lead. Instead of punishing your Catahoula, be sure to reward him whenever possible. You don’t want to harm his confidence or his personality because that’s what makes, or breaks this breed of dog. You want a positive relationship with your dog because that means you’ll be able to live a peaceful, happy life with your dog. Left on his own for too long and he’ll be destructive trying to entertain himself.
If you’re consistent and you maintain a strict schedule it will be easy to train your Catahoula puppy and this too includes housebreaking. You may even want to crate train your new puppy because this will help prevent him/her from chewing on everything while they go through their puppy phase. The crate also gives your new puppy a safe place to retreat too if they are feeling overwhelmed and tired.
The Catahoula is a strong dog that will pull you down the street if he’s not properly trained to walk on a leash. He also has a strong desire to seek out prey which means it is best if he is kept on a leash at all times.
Remember, as well, to socialize your new puppy. This will help your Catahoula become friendly around other animals, including dogs. This is so important because of their high prey drive. Take your Catahoula with you where he is allowed, dog parks, pet stores, events, etc. When properly trained your Catahoula will make a wonderful companion who will love and protect your family unconditionally.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is generally a healthy dog but like most breeds they can be subject to certain health conditions. And while not all
Catahoula’s will acquire any of the following diseases, there are certain things that one should be aware of before adopting one.
Canine Hip Dysplasia–Canine Hip Dysplasia is common in many breeds of dogs which means it’s not just the Catahoula that may be affected. CHD occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit properly into the hip joint. If not treated, this causes arthritis.
Deafness–The Catahoula carries the gene for Merle Colorationwhich is linked to deafness or hearing loss in one or both ears. Before purchasing your puppy it is recommended that you test a puppy’s hearing by standing behind it and clapping. You could also make an unexpected noise to see if the puppy responds.
If you’re purchasing a Catahoula from a breeder, make sure you find a breeder that is able to give you a health history on both parents of the puppy you are interested in. If they aren’t willing to answer your questions, or provide you with the proper paperwork then it’s best to talk with another breeder.
While not the dog for everyone, or every family, the Catahoula Leopard dog will make a wonderful family companion. When given the proper care, love, and attention they deserve, they will remain loyal and faithful for life.
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