Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Catahoula Leopard Dog History

The Catahoula Leopard Dog, often abbreviated to (CaLD), is an American-bred and mixed-breed hybrid. The mixture of original and new bloodlines has resulted in a much improved temperament in the standard-Labrador and Giant-Chow mix. The leopard-spotted coat is highlighted by blue-black spots on a background of liver-colored or gray. The origin of the Catahoula Leopard Dog is controversial. The mixed-breed was not recognized by American breeders until 1997. However, the 1973 edition of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Complete Book of Dogs includes a “Louisiana Catahoula” among the “Miscellaneous or Exotic Purebreds”.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Mastiff, Greyhound

Catahoula Leopard Dog Physical Characteristics

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a small, medium-to-large sized, athletic, working breed of domestic dogs that was bred for hunting and guarding cattle and sheep. They are also known as Catahoula Cur, Catahoula, or Catahoula Hound. This breed has a muscular, well proportioned, and balanced appearance. They have a thick, rough coat of short to medium length that is usually solid or piebald (with patches of white). They usually have a black mask (mask is the dark skin surrounding the nose, between the eyes, and over the cheeks), with amber or brown eyes. They have wiry hair on their forehead, back of the neck, and tail. The ears are medium sized and high set. Their jaws are well developed, strong, and wide. The males stand at 23-27 inches in height at the withers, and weigh between 65 and 90 lbs, while the females stand at 21-25 inches in height at the withers, and weigh between 45 and 70 lbs.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 95 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 65 lbs

Catahoula Leopard Dog Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Catahoula Leopard Dog Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Eye Problems

Catahoula Leopard Dog Temperament and Behaviour

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an alert and attentive breed that is loyal to its family and protective of its territory. They are not suitable for inexperienced dog owners, however, as they are very independent and can be difficult to train.

Catahoula Leopard Dog Activity Requirements

Catahoula Leopard Dogs are smart, spirited, and energetic. They love to play and have a good time. They require regular exercise, both physical and mental, in order to be happy. Most Catahoula Leopard Dogs will do well in homes with yards. The more space they have, the happier they will be. A daily walk or jog is a great way to give your Catahoula some much-needed exercise and mental stimulation. They are also natural hunters, and will enjoy playing ball or chasing a frisbee. Living with a Catahoula Leopard Dog requires dedication and commitment. This is not a dog that can be left at home while you’re at work. They are best suited to families who are willing to give them the time, attention, and exercise they need.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3.3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Catahoula Leopard Dog is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Catahoula Leopard Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Catahoula Leopard Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Catahoula Leopard Dog is part of the Unclassified group.

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