As the name suggest, the Catahoula Leopard dog got its name from the area which it originated from. This dog breed comes resides in the Catahoula lake in North Central Louisiana. If you look up the word "Catahoula." You would see that it originates from Choctaw Indian Origin which translates to mean "Sacred Lake".
The Catahoula Leopard dog is not considered to be in the Large dog category. It is medium built and has short patterned coat and various eye colors. Just like any other dog breed, the Catahoula needs early socialization so they can establish themselves among family. This breed is protective and territorial and once properly integrated within the family, you will have a playful as well as protection dog with you.
Caring for the Catahoula Leopard Dog
Don't feed your Catahoula scraps. High quality dog food is a must for any dog, whether it be small, medium or large dogs. Ensure that the animal has a mix of high quality dog foods. Whether it be dry or canned. You should also ensure that the animal do get some raw meats from time to time. You can also create yourown dog food recipe. Bird meat such as chicken, duck, turkey is always good for your dog, as well as beef and other cattle products.
Regular trips to the vet to ensure the maximum health of you Catahoula is also a must. Keep you dog free from diseases as well as parasites with the right vaccinations and common sense precautions.
Exercising your catahoula dog is no different from the rest. This dog can be playful and as such, a game of fetch of ball will keep this dog running and enthused. Walking the dog is also a given. Go for nice cool long walks with the Catahoula, if you feel like you can conquer the world with your fitness, then running is even better. If you live in open area, this is even better for you dog as you can hike as well as swim with the animal. This is a great way to keep you and you dog in shape.
One thing you will have to do regular with your Catahoula when grooming is nail trimming. This dog breed nails are strong and grows fast and should be monitored and clipped to avoid cracks and overgrowth. As with any other dog breed, a good bath now and then is certainly advised. Ensure that the animals teeth are kept and unseen areas such as the ears are cleaned.
Catahoula Leopard Dog Facts
- Life span: 10 – 14 years
- Temperament: Energetic, Gentle, Independent, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Loving
- Colors: Brindle, Black, Red Merle, Black merle, Red, Yellow
- Height: Male: 56–58 cm, Female: 51–61 cm
- Weight: Male: 16–48 kg, Female: 16–45 kg
If you planned on getting a Catahoula Cur, go ahead. There is no reason not to. It is a great dog that simply loves to be itself and a good friend and companion to his/her family.