|About the Catahoula Leopard Dog dog breed:|
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has short coat that should either be merle or a combination of the colors black and tan. The coat should have a short length, and the colors of the eyes and coat should be harmonious.
The head of the Catahoula Leopard Dog should be wide, and the legs should be powerful. The chest of this breed should be well defined, and the body is long and slender. The tail should hang downward, and the ears should have the shape of pendants, and will hang down to the sides of the head. The front legs of the Catahoula Leopard Dog should be long and straight.
Also Known As
Catahoula Hog Dog
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
These dogs have a number of traits which are common in herding breeds. They are territorial and independent, and they are quick to protect those they care for. While these dogs will be affectionate with their owners, they will be wary around strangers. These dogs are not good for owners who dont have the experience to train them properly. They can display dominant tendencies, but some may be timid as well. The Catahoula Leopard Dog should only be purchased by an owner who will show natural leadership abilities.
This breed is susceptible to a large number of health problems. Owners will want to look out for deafness, eye disorders, hip dysplasia, and even cancer. The maximum life expectancy for the Catahoula Leopard Dog is 13 years.
These dogs can be energetic, and owners will want to give them the exercise they need. When the Catahoula Leopard Dog plays, it can be loud and rough. It should not be allowed to play with small children, as it could hurt them inadvertently by jumping onto them. If this breed is not given the exercise it needs, it can become problematic. It may bark, chew, or dig excessively. The best way to exercise these dogs is to allow them to run free in a safe area. While some of these dogs can function well in apartments, others will need to be placed in yards.
Special Grooming Needs
Owners will want to make sure the coat is brushed at least once every week. The nails should be cut, and the teeth must be cleaned as well. The Catahoula Leopard Dog will shed fur consistently, and it may be in small or moderate amounts. Depending on the emotions of the dog, it may shed more fur than usual.