Dog Breed

Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Full Name
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Alternate Names
Catahoula Cur
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Life Span
10 – 14 years
Weight
35 - 110 pounds
Description

Energetic, Intelligent, Inquisitive, Independent, Loving, Gentle

Origin
Bred For
Work
Attachments
      Family Considerations
      Child Friendly

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog good with children?

      Yes, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Catahoula Leopard Dog naturally loves children.
      Stranger Friendly

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog friendly with strangers?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
      Dog Friendly

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog friendly with other dogs?

      Yes! The Catahoula Leopard Dog naturally loves other dogs. As always, socialization is always important, but the Catahoula Leopard Dog typically gets along with every dog it meets
      Likes to Cuddle

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog like to cuddle?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.
      Playfulness

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog like to play?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
      Service Dog Ability

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog make a good service dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
      Overall Ease of Breed
      Ease for Novice

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog good for first-time owners?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
      Training Potential

      How well can the Catahoula Leopard Dog be trained?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog can be trained very well. With discipline and a routine training program the Catahoula Leopard Dog can be incredibly well-trained.
      Amount of Shedding

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog shed a lot?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an average shedder. Catahoula Leopard Dog owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
      Ease of Grooming

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog easy to groom?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Catahoula Leopard Dog to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Catahoula Leopard Dog on your own as well.
      Exercise Need

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog need a lot of exercise?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.
      Personality
      Intelligence

      How smart is the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is very smart. Above-average intelligence means they can pick up on cues and signals quickly when it comes to training. But it also means that they need to be challenged mentally, in addition to their standard exercise needs.
      Amount of Barking

      How much does the Catahoula Leopard Dog bark? Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog bark too much?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Catahoula Leopard Dogs - some may be much more expressive than others.
      Guard Dog Ability

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog a good guard dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
      Tolerates Being Alone

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog good at staying alone? Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog independent?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog does not enjoy being left alone for extended periods. They can do well for a couple of hours alone, but may have anxiety for time beyond that.
      Home and Environment Considerations
      Good for Apartment Living

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog a good apartment dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
      Size

      How big is the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a large dog breed. A dog's size is important to consider when it comes to travel arrangements, budgeting for food, and how big of a living space you have.
      Tolerates Heat

      How much does the Catahoula Leopard Dog tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Catahoula Leopard Dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
      Tolerates Cold

      How much does the Catahoula Leopard Dog tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Catahoula Leopard Dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
      Potential to Run Away

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog try to run away?

      It is natural for the Catahoula Leopard Dog to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
      Physical Characteristics
      General Health

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog a healthy dog? The health of a Catahoula Leopard Dog should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
      Energy Level

      How energetic is the Catahoula Leopard Dog?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a lot of energy and this needs to be considered before bringing the Catahoula Leopard Dog into your home. Can you give your Catahoula Leopard Dog enough exercise? They will need several small daily walks, or a large dog park trip to get all of the energy out.
      Amount of Drooling

      How much does the Catahoula Leopard Dog drool?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog drools a decent amount, especially if that irresistible food is nearby.
      Prey Drive

      Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog have a large prey drive? Does the Catahoula Leopard Dog like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.
      Athleticism

      Is the Catahoula Leopard Dog atheltic?

      The Catahoula Leopard Dog is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
    1. Working
    2. Catahoula Leopard Dog
    The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Working dog breed group.
    Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.

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