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Catahoula Leopard Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Breeds Not AKC Approved


The Catahoula Leopard dog is the state dog of Louisiana. Believed to be the oldest breed in North American, this breeds has characteristic "cracked glass" eyes. These unique colored eyes and spotted coat make this dog stand out from the crowd.

History

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is considered to have descended from a combination of Native American dogs and European explorer dogs. The state of Louisiana is mentioned as the center of origin, specifically the region of Catahoula. In year 1979, the dog was chosen as the state dog of Louisiana. The Catahoula was named after a Parish in Northeastern Louisiana and after the mottled patches on its coat.

Physical Features

The single layer, short coat is colored in a black/tan or merle design. Some coats could be coarse, but many are tight and short. Color is a particularly significant feature in this breed.

Coat and eye color work together in an expressive and complementary way. The skull is flat and broad. The legs are strong and solid boned. The deep chest offers good lung and heart capacity. The dog can be a variety of colors, so it could be hard to recognize them just from their coats. Varying in color from blue, red yellow, as well as tan or white colors, this dog's short coat is simple to take care of.

Personality

The Catahoula dog is territorial, protective and independent. Loving to their family and all people they know well but could be defensive with strangers.

Common Health Problems

The Catahoula dog is susceptible to deafness and hip dysplasia. Together with deafness this dog could also have eye problems. As a breed they're relatively healthy.

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