Catahoula Cur or Catahoula Leopard Dog

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The Catahoula Cur or Catahoula Leopard Dog can be considered a native American breed since America is where this breed was developed.

Originally coming from Catahoula Parish of Louisiana, this breed is known all over North America as an outstanding farm and ranch dog. Its skills are used for hunting and tracking large or small animals, and herding.

The Catahoula breed can be traced to the year 1536 when the Spanish conquistador, Hernando De Soto, brought with him the massive war dog breeds, the Mastiffs and Greyhounds, to interrogate the Indians about treasure and gold. Eventually, the Spaniards left America and the wounded dogs they left behind were taken in by the Indians and cared for together with the Red fox, a dog which was widespread at the time in Louisiana and used by Indians as hunting dogs. The Red fox and the Spaniards’ war dogs lived side by side with the Indians and this is how the new breed of Indian fox dog came to be.

Catahoula Cur or Leopard Dog

Catahoula Cur or Leopard Dog

French settlers arrived in Louisiana during 1700s and were immediately captured by the Indian fox dog’s natural excellent hunting skills and glassy eyes. This breed was widespread all over Louisiana at that time and was popular among and favored by the people of that state. The French had their own breed called Beauceron at the time and they cross-bred this with the Indian fox dog and the result was none other than the Catahoula Cur. The Catahoula Cur gained more recognition through the famous people that owned them like the Renzie brothers who were known to allow their Catahoula dogs to sleep on their beds. There was also Teddy Roosevelt who favored the Catahoula as hunting companion and the late La. Gov. Earl K. Long, a well-known Catahoula breeder and collector. This breed is also associated with many historical events in Louisiana and so in 1979, a bill was passed and approved proclaiming the Catahoula as the official state dog of La. This breed is one of the few breeds which are favored not for their physical appearance but for their characteristics and abilities. Physically, this breed has a single, short and dense coat but each one differs and varies in colors and patterns. The common variations are black with mottles of blue and gray, red or brown with a light touch of red or liver, and any other colors with a touch of blue or gray merle. In texture, the coat of this breed also varies such as slick, coarse, shaggy or wooly. The course coat, when wet, takes longer to dry but maintenance is quite simple while the wooly or shaggy coats shed incessantly but grow back as course coat or double coat. The slick coat dries out in minutes when wet and is referred to as the wash n’ wear coat, obviously referring to its manageability and low-maintenance requirement. The Catahoula is one dog not to be dismissed and according to Don Abney, “You must be ready to teach and exercise a Catahoula. If not, he will eat your house. The Catahoula will not let you forget that you own a dog.” This statement serves true for the Catahoula is inherently smart, hyperactive, a superb hunter, tracker, herder, and a great family pet and household companion. At times it can be persistent and dominant but it is not born aggressive. To keep them in shape mentally and physically, they must be kept active with at least an hour of exercise everyday, household or farm chores that will keep them occupied, and playtime with its masters or other people that they know. This breed, however, becomes aggressive and intolerant as they grow older and will tend to be very protective of their property. If they see other animals or dogs wandering in their space, they will drive them away or worst kill them.

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