Friday, October 8, 2010

Catahoula Leopard Dogs

Do you remember when I told you about the Boston terrier, which is a totally American-made breed of dog?  Well, the Catahoula leopard dog is another all-American breed, but with a funnier name.  And the way it got this name is that it came from a place in Louisiana that is called Catahoula Parish.  It is probably the very oldest American dog breed except for the dogs that American Indians used to have.





Catahoula Parish
So the way the Catahoula breed got started was that when the Spaniards came to Louisiana in the 1500s, they brought some mastiffs and greyhounds with them.  Then when they went back home, they left a bunch of dogs behind.  So the native Americans bred the Spanish dogs with their own dogs, and they used these dogs for hunting game in the swamp.

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.

Two famous people who had Catahoula dogs were Jim Bowie and his brother Rezin, who grew up in Catahoula Parish.  These two men lived on the frontier and did all kinds of adventurous stuff, and they supposedly slept with their dogs at their feet, which is a good way to keep your feet warm, no matter where you are sleeping.  And Teddy Roosevelt was another famous person who used Catahoula dogs when hunting.

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.

Sometimes the Catahoula leopard dog is called a "hound," but it is not really a hound, so this is not the right name for it.  The "leopard" part of its name doesn't have anything to do with real leopards, which is good, because it would be really weird to cross a dog with a leopard.  Mostly, the Catahoula is just called a leopard dog because it has all those spots on it like leopards do.





So now I already told you a little bit about what the Catahoula dog looks like, which is that it has a merle pattern of spots that make the solid colors look diluted.  So for example, a dog with a black coat will have patches of grey or blue mixed in.  And usually there is some white, too, or maybe even a lot of white.  But the dogs that have lots of white are more likely to be deaf because deafness is a health problem that this breed sometimes has.


Catahoulas have all different eye colors, including blue, brown, gray, or amber.  Some of them even have eyes that look like cracked glass or marble.  And they might have more than one color in the same eye.  Which makes them look a little spooky, but not in a bad way.









What Catahoula dogs are mostly used for is hunting game like feral pigs, squirrels, deer, raccoons, mountain lions, and black bears.  They are popular as hunting dogs in many parts of the U.S. and they are getting to be more popular in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.  And besides hunting, they are also good at herding cattle and pigs.  The United Kennel Club recognizes Catahoulas and includes them in the Herding Dog group.

Catahoula dogs make good family dogs if they can get plenty of exercise, like at least an hour of really hard exercise every day.  They are smart and loyal and they are good guard dogs.  But they have lots of energy and they might want to be the boss of the whole family, so they should probably go to obedience class and then practice their obedience lessons often.  Also they can climb fences and some Catahoulas can even climb trees!




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.

So anyway, Catahoula dogs are good dogs for some situations, but not for other ones.  If you live in an apartment, you should probably not adopt a Catahoula leopard dog.  But if you live on a farm, and you want some help hunting or rounding up your livestock, then this might be the right breed for you.  Personally, I think they are really cool-looking dogs, but I don't think I would want to live with one, and Mom feels pretty much the same way!

66 comments:

  1. As you know, I live with two of these dogs... a male and a female. The male is very laid back and can go over fences like they aren't even there. The female is very prey driven, and has killed several different small animals that got into the yard. She has learned to go over the fence too. Thank goodness for a 24 hour dog park. No body goes but us in 0 dark hundred hours of the day. Great dogs! Loyal and they kept me warm at night when the furnace went on the fritz. Thanks for writing about them.
    Aunt Lynn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Right now you’re probably reading this message because you’re desperate to finally learn how to not only train your dog quickly and effectively, but you also don’t want to have to spend a huge chunk of cash on professional dog trainers or read yet another dog training book that doesn’t get you results.

      Don’t worry, you’re NOT alone in your frustration!

      Find out here: How To Teach A Dog?

      Best rgs

      Delete
  2. Dear Aunt Lynn,
    I thought you would like my post today because I knew you had one Catahoula dog, but I didn't know you had two of them. It's a good thing you can take them to the dog park to get their exercise. My mom is way too lazy to get up that early, and so am I. I like to sleep in until breakfast is about to be served. Mom says that what I really want is for her to serve me breakfast in bed, but that's not true. Or at least it's mostly not true!
    Your friend, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi
    I have A female Catahoula leopard dog licorice base we call her Jubilee or Jubie. We rescued her from a very abusive past and she is now a happy healthy beastie girl,her sister Dixie Pecan is a Swedish Vallhund and they are as close as litter mates. We find Jubie to be very smart and very laid back Dixie is a monster laughing, while we have no escaping issues with Jubie, The Pecan, on the other hand goes over the fence and any every time she feels so inclined. Both are very high energy mix well with other dogs but don"t care for children. Jubilee is a treat and has a wonderful disposition, we find she needs very little instruction, learns quickly, and loves to play. I would recommend this breed of dog to any one who wants a smart active playful beastie girl her nick name is speckled beast , a pure delight she is.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank you for writing to tell me about your Catahoula leopard dog and also about your Swedish Vallhund. They sound like very nice dogs who are lots of fun to live with. Also I like their names a lot, especially Dixie Pecan, even though it makes me hungry for pie!
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  5. Dear Piper,
    I have a deaf Catahoula who is the sweetest guy in the whole wide world. He has a lot of energy, and can out play any dog he's ever met without seeming to tire. He is also very disciplined, and though we have a fence that he could get out of, he knows that he's not allowed to and is very obedient. We taught him sign language and people that come to meet him, can't believe that he is deaf because he "listens" so well. He loves children and tries to herd them, but is still very gentle, and the kids think he's just playing with them. I think he's actually trying to keep an eye on them to make sure they're safe. Boss is a total love bug, and though he could entertain himself all day in the yard, he also loves to be with his owners and cuddle with us on "his" recliner. I had never heard of this breed before we rescued him from a local shelter but now I don't think I'd ever want another breed (no offense).

    Thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Dear Anonymous,
    Your Catahoula dog, Boss, sounds like a totally cool dog, even if he's not a basenji. He is very smart to have learned sign language, too. Thank you for telling me all about him!
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  7. I just bought a shelter dog with mostly Catahoula mix. It has a little overbite. Is that part of the breed. He is very smart and learning at a great speed.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Dear Carol,
    I hope you and your new Catahoula mix dog will have a very happy life together. I don't know if Catahoulas usually have an overbite or not. What I do know is that if you can't have a basenji, a Catahoula dog is a good second choice!
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  9. hi i just read your blog and just wanted to say that i am SO glad my catahoula has never tried to climb a tree lol but she does climb the fences and the thing with the energy is so true! when she gets impatient with me and wants in the house she jumps up and down like she is on a pogo stick outside our glass florida room doors and her hind legs go to the top of the door! ofcourse it worries me that b.c of this habit she might have back problems when she gets older...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Dear Anonymous,
    Thanks for writing a comment on my blog. Your catahoula really does have a lot of energy, and I hope she doesn't hurt her back, but she probably won't do that. My mom has a friend with a catahoula who also climbs fences, which is something that humans don't seem to like dogs to do. LOL
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  11. We just got a new puppy from a puppyrescue organization. They thought is was part Aussie Sheep Dog, blue Healer, and some Pit. After seeing some of the Catahoula photos, we are wondering if that is more likely her breed. Do Catahoula ever have one blue eye and one brown. How could we determine if she is a Catahoula?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Catahoulas can have one blue eye and one brown. The breed can have blue, marble,ice, brown, gold and possibly green although I don't think green occurs in full blooded Catahoulas. They can have one or both eyes with any combination of those colors and sometimes have two or all of those colors in each eye. I've had full blooded puppies with all different combinations except green. Most people don't know about the Catahoula breed and they are often mistaken as other breeds even by veterinarians and this becomes more and more true the farther away from Loisiana you get. When the Europeans first came to America they brought with them greyhounds and bull mastiffs of which some were left behind when they left. It is thought that I Indians bred their hunting dogs with the leftover European dogs to come up with the Catahoula which is the oldest American breed. If your female is a catahoula she will have a very large chest like the greyhound. Her toes will be webbed all the way to the tip. You should be able to grab her skin and stretch it about 6 to 8 inches mostly around the neck, but surprisingly the skin stays tight and you can't even tell it's like that unless you grab hold of it and pull, and she may look somewhat like a pit bull in the face which of course derives from the mastiff. From my experience Catahoulas that are mostly white are more likely to look like the pit bull than any other color. Other than the colors I don't think any of those traits occur in the two breeds that they told you she was but I'm not too familiar with them so I'm not for sure. I just reread your post and saw the some pit part which I somehow missed the first time. It sounds to me like their is a real good chance that you do have a catahoula. Every catahoula or catahoula mix I've ever seen had at least a white spot on their chest all the way up to the whole chest being white. There are some breeders starting to breed purebred Catahoulas to purebred pit bulls also. Catahoula bulldog. Catahoulas are very fast athletic dogs who can run very fast and jump very high and they love swampy areas and water although not often at first. I once saw my purebred male catch a rabbit that was running at full speed in his mouth toss it up and catch it again in his mouth to get a better hold at full speed. They are a very intelligent breed and purebred ones tend to try to be the alpha over your entire family so much so that some of them have to be taught many times throughout their lifespan that you are the alpha. Catahoulas basically have no fear and they are not normally good around other dogs unless they are yours. They don't like neighbor dogs on their property but what they consider their property might be a mile radius if they are an outside dog. The dogcatcher in my county has picked up my male ten miles away once and five miles once. Once he realized that it was my dog and that he doesn't bother anything and everyone likes him he hasn't picked him up again although he's seen him many times. He used to take off for a week at a time many times but he always comes home but now that he's older he doesn't get far away from home. One last thing and I will end this book I promise. If a catahoula is on neutral ground they can get along with any dog as long as that dog does not show signs of aggression and even sometimes then but they are very protective and if you or anyone in your family is anywhere near a dog that runs toward you that dog will probably be going to the hospital but same situation without you and no big deal. Catahoulas are very tough and pretty much feel only the most extreme cases of pain. Sorry I got so long winded but I wanted to answer your question and put a little more info out there about the breed. Of course the only way to tell for sure is a DNA test. By the way I have a half catAhoula half stray female that is the most gentle softest dog ever even around other dogs. So if your is a mix you will likely not have any of those verprotective alpha issues. Andastly if it

      Delete
    2. You may never be able to train your dog not to chase cars if it is a catahoula mix. Mine know they are doing wrong so much so that when they turn around and come back toward the house from chasing a car and I'm outside the walk real slow with their head held low. After years of trying to train them not to I gave up. The chase instinct is very strong with these. Oh and they also have a normal bark and a howl like a hound and sometimes a mixture of both can come out at once.

      Delete
    3. Both replies were mine. Again sorry about the length I'm just very passionate about the breed.

      Delete
    4. Ed, Thanks for your very informative response to the previous question! Your love for and knowledge about the breed are obvious. Your input is much appreciated!

      Delete
    5. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
  12. Dear Anonymous,
    It's kind of hard to tell which breeds went into making any kind of mixed breed dog, especially puppies. Well, unless you know what the mama and daddy dogs looked like. When your puppy gets bigger, it might start looking more like a particular breed. Or it might not. Which is what makes it all so interesting and also frustrating! My mom says that she has known some dogs that were catahoulas crossed with greyhounds, and a couple of them had one blue eye and one brown eye, so that could mean that your puppy is part catahoula. You could try to find someone who knows the breed pretty well and let them look at your puppy. Or you could get one of those DNA kits and send it off to see what breeds they say your puppy is (but they might not include catahoula in the breeds they cover). Or you could just let it be a nice mystery!
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  13. Catahoulas are known for having one or both eyes to be blue. These are known as glass or cracked glass eyes.
    I am born and raised, still here, in Louisiana. We have had MANY Catahoula Leopard dogs. Our current is Wyatt. He is a year and a half old, and he is blue leopard. He has plenty of energy and thinks he is human. Of all of the Catahoulas we have owned (it is the best breed for us here), they have all acted pleasantly with children and mind very well. He does climb trees and fences, jump very high and likes to hunt everything.
    If you raise your voice at anyone is "his family" or touch them in an aggressive manner, he gets very agitated and his coat will stand up around his neck and he gets a very low growl. He is very protective of us. He is registered, and we only buy from registered breeders, but if you ever come across anyone who would like more info on these dogs, where to get them, etc, send them my way, I will email them back with what info they need. Also, I have pictures of him if you would like some for your site. :)
    My email is InkelyWinkely@gmail.com.
    Thanks,
    Titus

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dear Titus,
    Thank you for the good information on Catahoula leopard dogs. Since I posted this blog entry, people keep asking me questions about the breed, but I am really no expert because I am just a little basenji dog. So I will be happy to tell them to email you to learn more.
    Sincerely, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello,

    I have nothing important to say, but wanted to chime in because we recently brought home a dog from the local shelter. She was labeled "cattle dog mix", and we think she might be a Catahoula leopard dog. She is white with brown spots (no merle), but has the spotty skin and everything about her stature and temperament seems to be Catahoula. So far she seems to be really smart and good at communicating with us. Since she spent the first 3 or 4 months of her life at the shelter, she is not socialized very well, but we are working on that every day. Other than that she seems to be a great dog.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My beloved Princess Ann, was a mistreated, caged and used for breeding catahoula. She has become my great companion and dear friend, making sure my two mimi dachs are I are are AOK in a loving way. Among the other good trates, she dosen't shed and has no dog odor. Being a herder, I guess we are her sheep. We love her very much!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have a Catahula "Hailey" we got her form the pound when she was 3 months old . She is one of the best dogs that has ever owned me.She very loyal and protective of us. She very smart and quit funny ,we love her very much.

    ReplyDelete
  18. We just adopted a catahoula puppy from a Socorro, NM aminal shelter. He's a beauty with a grey coat & white coat, black spots and blue eyes. We named him Beau, short for Beaureguard, the name is from a parrish in Louisianna. It only seemed fitting.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Just adopted one as well. We have named her cassy she's only 6 weeks old and already trying to boss me around lol I'm lucky to have my 4 pound peekingese put her in check whenever she's picking on the other dogs. That way she won't see them as chew toys when she's bigger but as the domanant ones lol

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi!
    I'm writing a book where the main character has a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog named Bear, and I just wanted to let you know how much your blog is helping me with it. :) Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good luck writing your book! I hope I will get to read it someday. I'm glad I could help with some Catahoula information!
    Sincerely,
    Piper

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Piper! My name is Tip, and my master's lady (Barbara) wrote a book about me and my adventures! It is called The Adventures of Tip the Catahoula-Leopard Cowdog.

    Lady and master and I live on a ranch in Texas, so I have plenty of room to run around whenever I want. In the book, Barbara writes about my mom and dad and how they taught me manners and how to herd. She says it is great for kids to learn how to do these things too! I said she should write about how to dig holes and chase animals, so they would know how to do that, too, but she wouldn't.

    Lady would love your opinion on her blog! Thanks for posting about my kind of dogs!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Dear Tip,
    I read a little bit of your blog, and I thought it was really interesting, especially about your mom and dad. It's great that they taught you to be such a good herding dog. It's also very cool that you have a whole book about you. My mom is too lazy to write a whole book, but at least she helps me write my blog entries, so I guess I shouldn't complain too much!
    Your friend, Piper

    ReplyDelete
  24. someone gave me a "pit mix" puppy two months ago but I'm pretty sure he is a catahoula. He is very smart and energetic. He is three months old and already killing birds to eat. He loves chacing (or herding?) the horses when we ride. A very fun dog, I love his personality so much!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I have a year and an a half old female, and she is 85 lbs pure bred....and sha is still acting like a puppy, i dont know why, she gets 3 hours of running a day. she also playe with my two other dogs( rot, and a rott/bordercollie) they get along verry well. but she insist on waking me up every day at 4 am to play. she is traned, and is used for hunting Deer and ducks.... i just dont know how to get her to settle down.. but over all she is a loving loyal and sweet dog.... i love my Bella.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Dear Anonomous, I read your blog and Catahoulas do not begin slowing down until they are about three yrs. I have a male and female that are 5 & 6. My male is dog agressive but the female is not. She keeps him in his place.They say this is the most talkative breed of dog there is and they are so right. Both of mine will sit on couch and have conversations. Its hillarious. They are extremely loyale and very protective of their owners. We walk them 2 miles every morning and we run them at night. This helps them stay calmer during the day. These dogs require a lot of attention and should be owned by people that can be the leader of the pack. Even after training, they have to be reminded constantly of the rules. It is amazing how smart these dogs are. I have had several breeds and this is by far the smartest. I love these dogs, they keep my husband and I young because of their excersize requirements and because they are a wonderful breed.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My husband had a Catahoula in college. He is an excellent dog handler and has raised many hunting dogs. Vernon, however, he says was the smartest dog that he ever has owned. We are currently waiting for a puppy from one of rancher friends down state. Our beloved Pyranees is going down fast. We raised him on a bottle so we are REALLY bonded to him. That is one great breed also..the best as far as I am concerned. However, after reading comments on this blog, I am looking forward to the Catahoula. We are ranchers also and have a great environment for dogs to get plenty of exercise and thrive happily.

      Delete
  27. Hi Piper! My name is Piper, too! I actually grew up sleeping on a 90 pound catahoula for my whole life; and I'm 10! We recently got a new catahoula because our other one passed away a little bit ago. He was 13ish. My parents got him from the pound. My dad drove 2 1/2 hours each way to find a 1 yr. old rescue pup and we are about to meet him. Catahoulas are the best dogs ever!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Piper,
      You have a really fantastic name! LOL I think it would be fun to grow up sleeping on top of a catahoula, but we don't have one at our house. I'm glad you are getting another one. I think they are very nice dogs.
      Your friend, Piper

      Delete
  28. My grandparents had one of these dogs when I was a kid. She had one very pale (almost white) blue eye and one brown eye. People used to ask us if the dog had a glass eye.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Helllo Piper!!! I found your blog because I have a Boston Terrier/Catahoula mix and every now and then I google it just to look around and check if anyone else has one... Well anyway this page says Boston Terrier at the top and so it was thrown in the mix!! I love your blog! Anyway, they told us he was going to be a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix, but he most definitely is Catahoula from his cracked glass eyes, to his 5 color coat, all the way to his slightly webbed toes and his crazy intelligence, lol! He's nearly a year and half now and full grown at 27lbs. He's a funny little guy, very expressive, very cuddly (Boston Terriers loove their people too) and he learned from the cats that you're supposed to stop what you are doing any time mom or dad reaches for the water spray bottle. He does not like it however, when the cats have the audacity to walk around the house! He's certain they are supposed to stay perfectly still all the time and if they don't, it's herding practice time!! Because he so smart though, he's learned that he can get away with anything as long no one's watching.... Piper! Forget that last sentence, I don't want your mom upset with me over it, hahahh... Anyway the point is we love our Lafayette and decided it was meant to be since we gave him a Louisiana name when we still thought he was only from Boston! We're not quite sure how it happened, but we love our mixed up dog!

    Oh! and he sleeps a lot!!! He get's that from his mom, I guess. He has a couple hours of awake and then he's ready for bed around 9:30pm and likes to stay under the covers, with just a potty trip or two, until mid-morning, and then there's always a nap in the middle of the day... not much Catahoula there!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Ashley,
      I wish I could meet your dog, LaFayette, because he sounds like he is really cool! I'll bet he is very handsome, too, and I'm a girl who likes handsome boy dogs. LOL It's funny that he is both Boston Terrier and Catahoula. I wouldn't have thought to mix those two breeds, but I guess it happened somehow. Maybe this could be a whole new breed, the Bostahoula, or something like that!

      Anyway, I'm glad you found my blog, and thanks for writing to tell me you like it. Don't worry about getting my mom upset. She already knows that we sneak around and do naughty stuff when she isn't watching. Especially the cats! Hahaha!

      Your friend, Piper

      Delete
  30. My 13 yr old daughters father has a Catahoula that just had puppies and i fell in love with a male that took to me like a duck to water... walked up to me with complete trust.I held him up and looked in his eyes and called him Spanky and as soon as i said that name he yelped and wagged his tail....Spanky it is...cant wait to make him a part of my family!

    Sarah K.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I have a question, I was wondering would it be a good idea to get a female Catahoula if i have a 4 month Chihuahua? I just don't want something horrible to happen if i were to get a Catahoula. It made me think how it states in the above paragraphs that this breed does not play well with other canines. So please let me know what you think????????

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hi ..I am about to pick up my 1 to 1.5 yr old male Catahoula from the pound tomorrow.
    I visited him today for the first time. I named him "Bailey" ,taken from a dog book I just read. Bailey, in this book, was the most loving dog ever....Go Figure...
    Bailey was attacked, from another large white pound dog, as we left the front office to go for walk in the adjacent dog park.
    The attack dog was a very "large" white pound dog, who for no apparent reason, started barking, and bitting "Baileys" back.
    Very aggressive!!!
    I was standing right in the middle of this two dog "fight". An watched Ole Bailey allowed the large white dog "to vent" "from being held in pound", we guess,..or whatever his problem was, with no real aggression of his own.
    At the same time Bailey held his own space in a very alert defensive and protective manner.
    If I had allowed Bailey lease a little more freedom . I believe the large white dog would have been in real trouble.
    The large white dog continued to be aggressive, but Bailey was walked out of this mess, under full control, and without any real problem considering the circumstances.
    I had just meet Bailey........., but he still listened to my commands.I was/am amazed!!
    Bailey was not injured. He showed me how to handled a quick/ smart defense decisions.
    I loved experiencing this example of his d emender.
    but I detest, dog fights of any kind.
    We then experienced a real bonding three hours; of walking in the dog park while under my command.
    With other small and large dogs an people present. Bailey rested on the ground while laying on his stomach between my legs,leaning against my legs when standing,and licking my face with his loving tail wagging.
    It doesn't get any better...mark<><

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congratulations on adopting Bailey! He sounds like a great dog, and I hope you two will have a wonderful life together.

      Piper

      Delete
  33. hi, my name is denise and i have a 17month old catahoula. his name is mojo. he is so amazing, he was potty trained in one month... he loves to snuggle with you.. he does not like it when you raise your voice he get scared and shakes, we got him when he was 5 months old..about 9:30pm he starts getting restless because he wants to to to bed.before i go to bed i take him out at about midnight to go to the bathroom he has to run around the yard for at lest 15 to 20 minutes, then he is ready to go to bed.. for some reason he loves me and my daughter, he love my husband and son, but he perfer us girls! he loves stuff animals he plays and snuggles with them he does not destroy them..we just love him so much!!!! can't imagine life without him!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I found Bonnie Blue at the pound last year and she is about 4years old now. We bonded instantly,although it took a little longer with her big sister Brandie (Pyramees mix). She is a great dog that is loving and very attached. Never heard of the breed till I got her,but glad I did. I thought she was a blue healer until told differently. . She sleeps at my feet just like Bowie and has a big fenced in yard to play in. No fence climbing but she doesn't always play well with other dogs ,especially females. She is black with the Merle spots all over except her white chest. She has hazel eyes that are typically glassy and spooky. Thanks for the great blog. sincerely, Brewskgar, Brandiewine, &Bonnie Blue

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you like my blog. And I'm also glad you have Bonnie Blue because she sounds like a great dog!

      Delete
  35. We have a catahoula and his name is Hamilton. He is loyal and smart and acts like a circus performer. He is 80 pounds and sweet. He loves to chase bugs and is an incredible dog with 2 young kids. He is very patient and loves to play with his huge crate of toys. He does have an allergy to wheat so he does get a special diet that is organic. We love him very much though. Thanks for reading!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hi Piper
    I've really enjoyed your blog and all the comments. I have a wonderful catahoula named Zuni after the Louisiana tribe that was part of the development of the breed. I've read they are part red wolf and gray hound. I've forgotten what else. I researched her alot when I found out what I had. She's my girl and is loved by everyone. She is very protective of her family. She lets her displeasure show when people show aggressiveness to her family.She doesn't particularly know what to do with small children. But she only play fights with our other dogs. We also have a german shepherd and a Brittney! She talks alot if she wants something and loves to play ball. She loves my grandkids and they love her. She is merel with a whiteish blue eye and a bluebrown eye! She smiles alot and loves our tomcat.They groom each other.Zuni is a wonderful companion. Well I have to go now, the ball just landed in my lap!!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I'm so sorry piper
    I gave some bad information on your blog about Zuni indians being a Louisiana tribe. They are out of mexico! So sorry! Also if anyone wants to learn more on catahoulas they can check out Don Abney. He wrote the book!!!! Hehehe Talk to you again

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Lora,
      Your dog Zuni sounds like she is a really fun and wonderful dog. I am sure she is glad to have a family like yours to live with. Thanks for reading my blog and for writing comments!
      Your friend, Piper

      Delete
  38. interesting read, i also have a 4 month old catahoula i adopted from a shelter needless to say he is a complete joy to have around.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I have sisters who are a Basenji/Catahoula mix. Wren looks like her Basenji mom and Winnie looks like Catahoula dad. No one believes us when we tell them 'the girls' are littermates, Winnie is white and black/grey merle colored and her eyes are white/blue/brown mixed. Thanks for the heads-up about deafness, no problems yet. Wren is a beautiful tawny brown and white. We are IN LOVE with them. They will celebrate their 1st birthday August 22.

    ReplyDelete
  40. We just got a Catahoula/Mcnab puppy and are wandering if anyone has that mix and know how they are when they grow a bit bigger. He is 8 week old and a handful but arnt all puppys, but so far he is real good at listening and minding for the most part. we have a dairy farm and also have free range ducks and chickens along with a couple of cats and so far he is good with listening when he goes toward them and I call him back but took a few running steps once and that's all so far. I want to teach him the right way to do things for his breed of dog cause I have never owned this breed before. we also have a aging healer girl dog and she don't seam to want him around right now and maby she never will but hoping she warms up to him. Any sugestions are welcome please and thank you Deanna Boynton

    ReplyDelete
  41. Alos was wandering about the deaf issue, are they usually born deaf or can they become deaf because he seams to hear ok..

    ReplyDelete
  42. I have a male Catahoula mix. Yeah he's great and all he just barks too much and has bad separation anxiety, but ill never give him up for anything in the whole world. He has too pups of his own and plays gently with them, but ever once in a while he can get a little too rough but he calms down with a quick "play nice.". He's the best thing me and my boyfriend ever got. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like a great dog, and I am sure you're happy to have him!

      Delete
    2. we sure are. just wish i could find out more about the breed to help with his separation anxiety and barking everytime someone comes in.

      Delete
    3. You might want to consult with a dog trainer to help with these problems, especially the barking. Sometimes the separation anxiety can be eased by leaving a radio or TV on when you are gone, by making sure your dog gets plenty of exercise, or by getting a second dog for companionship.

      Delete
  43. I adopted a female Catahoula Leopard today. I may have made a terrible mistake as I have a cat that lives indoor and outdoors. They've already had two major run-ins. I didnt plan on getting her today, it just happened. I am reading that because they need discipline its possible to make it known (as the dominant owner) that cats are off-limits. She went after the cat and after I let the cat outside to escape I sternly told her to "go on" and she sulked into my bedroom ears and tails down. I'm hoping this means she knows I'm in charge and that I make the rules regardless of what her interests are??? Please give me some positive stories about integrating catahoulas and cats :|

    Thanks!
    Britni

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Unfortunately, teaching a hunting dog who has a strong prey drive not to chase a cat can be really difficult, if not impossible. I suggest you try some positive training methods such as rewarding your dog for not chasing the cat. If the dog gets treats whenever the cat is around, that can distract the dog and also make it a positive experience to not chase the cat. If possible, consult with a professional dog trainer and get some tips. This can be a dangerous situation for your cat, so don't leave the two animals alone together, and make sure the cat has a safe place to go to get away from the dog.

      Delete
  44. Jan. 26, 2016: Part 1: Hello I'm Rett :-)
    We adopted a half Catahoula Cur (Leopard Dog) and a half Boston Terrier on Dec. 15th, 2015. I named her Honey Child... born Sept 1, 2015. She was listed along with her other eight siblings in some local "free puppies" ads. I couldn't really believe they had not yet given all the pups away. The mother was a registered Boston Terrier, and the dad was a full blooded Catahoula Leopard Dog (Cur). My baby, Honey Child, was the "rut" meaning the smallest of the NINE puppies. (I think both the mother dog and the young (human) couple that had them did an excellent job to raise ALL NINE pups !!) I found the ad around 5pm Dec. 15th and wondered if they still had the littlest girl pup... my pup!! I emailed the woman through facebook, sending both my name, email and phone number. I REALLY wanted this puppy!! She looked too skinny, a tad dehydrated, in need of de-worming, but otherwise not in really bad health. I fell in love with her from her photo posted on the site. I saw a grayish brown merle pup, that looked to be a blue merle with one blue eye and one brown eye, white stripe on the forehead and white chest, along with a white tipped front left paw. The young woman contacted me that same night by text and phone call, and we met around 9pm. (Thank God we lived within 3 miles of each other... thus I think it was "MEANT to BE"... that the pup was for me!!) The photo they had posted on the site was her at two months old, but she was then three months when I got her. Her coat color had changed from grayish, blue merle to more of a tan, honey brown, with darker spots and black spots... the grayish silvery color remained around her paws and legs. The pups left eye is a pure blue (slightly marbled, with one small marbled or brown spot) and her right eye is brown. I named her aptly "Honey Child"... my sister said this sounded like a juvenile delinquent but I told her no... When we were kids being sisters we fought, argued, laughed and played, and always told the other one. "Honey Child if you touch me again I'm going to slap that smile off your face!!" To me "Honey Child" meant a good child, sweet, kind, loving with a little sassiness thrown in, a mind of their own, intelligent, happy, strong, and brave....lol... this is JUST what my pup is. I'm from Louisiana so I've had two Catahoula curs in years gone by. THEY ARE WONDERFUL DOGS... very protective, and loyal. I always wanted (in the back of my mind, and heart) a puppy to raise as my own. (the other two Catahoula curs where adopted as grown dogs that society had thrown away). Now I have my baby, Honey Child... and I love her. I see the best of both breeds in her. I can most definitely tell she's half Catahoula Cur, and Boston Terrier. I think she will mature at 45 to 50 pounds, as she's 20 at four months now. She tends to be more Catahoula like in looks, but right now with a tiny under bite like many Boston Terriers tend to have. She's "greyhound like also" and I can see where the early Catahoula's probably did have greyhound mixed in the lines. After deworming and catching up on good food, plenty of water, after being the littlest of 9 pups, she's really growing!! She came to us a tad dehydrated, and after a month she's caught up on her nutrition, etc. Honey Child is a "talker"...lol... and yes she's got a mind of her own, she does the cutest "bro woe, bro woe, brooo wrooww..." talking when she needs or wants to go outside, or if she's being "sassy"...lol. This child tells me exactly what is on her mind !! Ms. Loretta Ann Bowman / www.AstrexRabbits.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. Jan. 26, 2015 Part 2: Hello I'm Rett :-)
    We adopted a half yorkie, half schnauzer in July 2014, who is now about 3 1/2 years old... she and the pup get along GREAT. Honey Child loves Indy... her "sister". I take her (Honey Child out on retractor lease and she races around me in a large circle... it's like lounging a horse...lol. The more I laugh the more she races. This pup has been worth any / all effort / money we have in her. I can't imagine not having her now. I'm very thankful I've been blessed with her. Both my dogs were "rescued"... taken in when no one else wanted them, but helped them along until I found them. Both are beautiful, intelligent, loving, very protective, and a joy!! I can't wait until Honey Child reaches her full mature weight... I think she's going to be a wonderful "guard" dog, along with a pampered house baby. I'm enjoying her puppyhood in the mean time and I love watching her grow and learn, as a toddler would. Kindly and sincerely, Rett
    Ms. Loretta Ann Bowman /www.AstrexRabbits.com / www.CurlyRabbits.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Rett,
      It sounds like you have two wonderful dogs, and they were very lucky to be adopted by you. I hope they will live long, healthy lives and bring you much happiness!
      Sincerely, Dorrie

      Delete
  46. Jan. 26, 2015 Part 3, Hello I'm Rett :-)
    Sorry I meant "runt" .... not rut... she was the runt in the litter...

    ReplyDelete
  47. Hi, I recently adopted a catahoula, he is 11 month s old and deaf, I've had him for 4 days, I did buy him via rescue org in Logan, qld Australia also as a friend for my lil girl short wired hair terrior, is there any way I could get them to get on? My lil girl does not like him smelling her bum he tries to be friendly but unsure if they ll get on, I don't give up once I adopt, also he is addicted to watching my guinea pig...all the time, what shall I do?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You might get some tips from this article: https://www.puplife.com/pages/bringing-a-new-dog-home-teaching-two-dogs-to-get-along And find some others by googling "introducing new dog" or "teaching dogs to get along" or something similar. As for your guinea pig, make really sure that your hound cannot get to it and harm it. Maybe there is a higher shelf where the guinea pig can live that is harder for your dog to see. Hope this helps!

      Delete