- WEIGHT: 30 to 45 lbs
- HEIGHT: 18 to 23 inches
- COLOR(S): Black, dark brown, and blue merle. Varying amounts of tan and/or white.
- BREED GROUP: Herding
Catahoula Leopard Dog
WEIGHT: 55 to 80 lbs
HEIGHT: 20 to 26 inches
COLOR(S): Black, blue, yellow, red, and brindle with or without patches of white.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are assertive, strong, workaholic dogs. They are affectionate and playful with their owners, but remain wary of strangers. They are very protective and not afraid of a fight, in fact they like to pick fights with quarry. They generally get along with children, but should be supervised. They are more tough than most other shepherd dogs, as they heel harder and are more aggressive with livestock. Best used for wild animals, this breed may have red wolf blood. They are dominant, strong-willed and serve as pack leaders.
Catahoula Leopard's require minimal grooming. Bathing should be done when necessary; brushing should be done occasionally. It is important to regularly check the ears and paws for debris.
This breed is mostly healthy and generally free of diseases. Dogs with primarily white coats have an 80% chance of deafness in one or both ears, and/or blindness. Other dogs have had problems with tunnel vision and abnormal pupils, as well as hip dysplasia.
Catahoulas require a lot of exercise the minimum should be a run for a full hour daily. A good exercise would be herding, treeing, or some other activity that requires them to run.
The Catahoula Leopard is highly assertive, strong-willed, and dominant. They require a strong, dominant, and active owner. Early obedience is essential. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
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