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Catahoula Leopard Dog

General Description

The Catahoula Leopard Dog temperament is intense, serious and focused when working out in the field, and protective, playful and affectionate at home with their family. If properly socialized from puppyhood, Catahoulas aren't aggressive toward people, but they do tend to be wary and aloof around strangers.

General Health

Catahoula leopard dogs are overall a healthy breed, but they still are prone to some hereditary health issues1, including: Hip dysplasia. Deafness. Eye issues.

Character and Temperament

Intelligent, inquisitive, loving, energetic, independent and gentle


Catahoulas are energetic dogs who need at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily


The Catahoula lineage is unknown. One theory suggests the breed originated in the mid-1700s when French settlers emigrated to what became Louisiana with Beauceron dogs. The settlers crossbred their dogs with well-adapted swamp hunting wolfdogs owned by Native Americans in an effort to develop a better working dog.


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