The Catahoula Leopard dog is an intelligent, energetic and hardworking dog that has a long history in herding and hunting. Sometimes denounced as an aggressive dog, they are best described as aggressive workers as they have a very strong work ethic and love to work, but it is also true that they are very cautious around strangers.
The Catahoula temperament is not suitable for everyone; These dogs are very protective of their territory and their family, especially the males, but they are kind and gentle with other dogs when they are on neutral ground.
It is these traits, combined with their independent nature, high energy levels, and physical strength, that can make a Catahoula unwieldy for quite inexperienced or homeowners who lack confidence, or enough energy or strength to discipline. these dogs properly. And it can make having such a dog a problem. This can be especially true for those who live in apartments and small spaces. Also, the CLD does not work well when tied to a runner or placed in a kennel. It is best to recognize that you will need to spend a lot of time with this breed and to avoid leaving this dog for a full day at work. Eight hours away from home can be too much for this normally active and energetic creature.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is also too independent minded to be the ideal training partner for the intensely competitive trainer. On the other hand, for someone who wants a powerful and exceptionally capable companion, the CLD can go from swimming to climbing trees in a single hike (seriously, look at the pictures on the internet).
The Catahoula is unmatched when it comes to driving cattle.
The CLD’s eyes can be brown, blue, aqua, green, gold, or a combination of any of these colors in one eye, which is called ‘Cracked’ or eyes of two different colors altogether. Eye color can often vary with a different color in each eye. Given the diversity of these traits, it is difficult to predict which characteristics will dominate.
Catahoulas are naturally protective of what and who they think they possess. In fact, many owners will say that Catahoula owns them. Catahoulas are a dominant breed by nature, so YOU should always be in control. They are also very territorial, and do not always discriminate between friend or foe, which is why I do not advise letting a Catahoula, or any dog, run free without supervision.
Research on the origins of the name suggests that the name may be attributed to a mispronunciation or insult of the word “Couthaougoula” meaning Choctaw. This word was used to describe the Indians or their dog, giving the inference that the Indian was no better than his dog.
A Catahoula with a light gray or tan coat can have nearly identical spots to the leopard. It is theorized that this was the result of natural selection, as it is a particularly effective camouflage in low light and cloudy skies.
A CLD should have a single short coat, medium ears, large round feet with thick pads and well defined toes, and have a muscular but athletic build. Catahoulas have deep chests, an obvious flank crease, and fairly long straight legs.
Breeder Web, unlike other sites, does not serve as a link between the person who wants to find puppies for sale and the person who has raised their Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies.
If you are looking to buy this breed of dog, do your best to make sure you buy from a good human breeder and not a dog breeder who breeds more than three types of dogs, as that tends to signal breeders to focus less. on the dog and more on profits.
When viewing dogs for sale on the internet, keep in mind that while purchasing a puppy only through a website can be tempting, it is generally not advisable.
Dog breeders advertise the sale of their puppies and dogs in the breeder directory and classified ads. Remember that breeders know your dog’s breed best and should be able to provide you with the temperament of your puppies and any special care that the specific breed needs. Take your time while making a commitment that will last a decade or more.