What dog herds the toughest of cattle, has been in the Foundation Stock Service since 1996, and is named for the spots on its coat? It's the Catahoula Leopard Dog. He's large, short-haired and a great herding dog. In fact, it's what the dog is best at doing.
The first thing you'll notice about the Catahoula Leopard Dog is its coat. The coat is soft and dense. It comes in many colors and patterns, but they always have spots that remind you of a leopard; thus giving the breed the name Catahoula Leopard Dog. He also has different eye colors, including blue and brown. He has high stamina, and a well-muscled body.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog originated in North Central Louisiana, in the United States, near the Catahoula Lake. They were bred to work with cattle and wild boar, as they were bred by working oriented breeders.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is definitely not for everyone. First off, they need lots of space. An hour of vigorous exercise is required. They are also really great herding dogs, as they can handle even the toughest of cattle. So rural environments such as farms are recommended. The breed can be a good family dog, but start training them early. If they're are not properly maintained, they will be a raging dog. They are happiest when they are given a job. It is also best to have this dog as a single pet. They may injure or even kill small animals that mess with them, especially ones of the same sex. You may also want to monitor the breed with young children. This is a breed that can become more aggressive as it ages. Only experienced dog owners should consider having a Catahoula Leopard Dog. It will do everything in its power to protect its space. The breed is overall a healthy dog, but is prone to hip dysplasia. The breed's short coat makes it easy to groom, but brush it every now and then to remove dead hairs.
If you can fulfill the Catahoula Leopard Dog's needs, it will certainly be your best friend!