What is a Catahoula Leopard Dog?

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an excellent herder and all-purpose working dog.


Q. Is there a breed called the “Catalooga Cow Dog?”

A. The breed you are thinking of is the Catahoula Leopard Dog, an excellent herder and all-purpose working dog. The breed’s name comes from the Parish of Catahoula, a county in northeastern Louisiana. In 1979, the Catahoula was declared the state dog of Louisiana.

The Catahoula stands about 20 to 26 inches at the shoulder, weighs 40 to 50 pounds, and has a short, dense coat. The breed comes in a variety of solid-colored and mottled, merled coat colors. Some have glass blue eyes, which give the dogs a particularly haunting expression.


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Lorel   Golden, Colorado

7/16/2014 4:23:13 PM

Dezne is a 6 month old Catahoula. She's extremely intelligent, having already mastered basic commands and moving into intermediate and advanced level. She is very protective of me, growling and woofing (but never snapping or even baring teeth) at anyone that she thinks might be even remotely a threat. However, as soon as she's properly introduced, she's the sweetest dog you could have.

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cristina   miami, FL

6/26/2010 7:52:33 PM

we have one (female) and we love her very
Her name is Sasha and she is 14 yrs.

Very intelligent; loyal and an excellent guard
We love her!!!

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ahmei   west salem, WI

5/5/2010 7:27:19 PM

I have 2 catahoula dogs. This breed is not common where I live so they were adopted out as mutts. About a year ago, I saw a picture of MY dog on a dog magazine--however, it ended up not being my dog but looked just liked him. I did some research on the breed and everything I've read describes my dogs to the T. They are extremely versatile: hunt, agility, obedience, & couch hogs. They are very loyal, and very protective- one is more so than the other. They're intelligent and independent which might not mix very well in some situations; hence they are THE WORSE as well as The BEST dogs I've ever had.

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Anna   Edmond, OK

4/24/2010 4:31:43 PM

Oh and a PS.....Wesley weighs 72. Anna

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