One breeder says, “The Catahoula will not let you forget that you own a dog.”
The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, often called “King of the Stock Dogs,” really belongs on a farm or ranch, for he is a serious worker who goes about his business with tremendous focus and assertiveness.
This athletic, rugged dog requires at least an hour of running exercise each day. Without sufficient outlets for his high energy, he will become rambunctious and destructive.
Most Catahoula Leopard Dogs are reserved with strangers and naturally protective. Skittishness and sharpness can be problems in some lines, and Catahoulas need extensive socialization.
He can be dominant and pushy with other animals, especially with other dogs of the same sex, and doesn’t always cohabit well in multi-pet homes. He can be possessive of his food.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are independent and like to be in charge. You must be a confident leader or they will walk all over you.
Overall, this is a capable, versatile companion when allowed to fulfill his working heritage. Otherwise, he may not be happy and can be too much dog to handle.
If you want a dog who…
• Is medium to large, tautly muscled, and athletic
• Has a short, easy-groom coat with an unusual color pattern
• Is a serious working dog who thrives on vigorous exercise and goes about his business with tremendous focus and assertiveness
• Makes a keen watchdog
A Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog may be right for you.
If you don’t want to deal with…
• Vigorous exercise requirements
• Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
• Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough
• Suspiciousness or shyness when not extensively socialized
• Aggression toward other animals — chasing instincts
• Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
• Chasing and nipping at things that move: children, joggers, other animals, bikes, cars