The word catahoula comes from two Choctaw words. One word is okhata, which means "lake," and the other word is hullo, which means "beloved." Then when the French came along in the l800s, they said the words kind of wrong and ended up with catahoula.
In 1979, the governor of Louisiana signed a bill that made the Catahoula the official state dog of Louisiana because of the fact that that breed had been so important in the history of the area. And then in 2007, the Centenary College of Louisiana chose the Catahoula dog as its school mascot.
The way that Catahoula dogs do herding is very rough, and the way they play with other dogs is rough, too. Besides which, they do not do well with other Catahoulas of the same sex, and if two girls or two boys are alone together, they could get into a bad fight.