The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American working breed with origins in Louisiana. These guys come in a patchwork of colors and patterns, giving them their trademark look. They are primarily a working dog, but can make good companions with intensive socialization from an early age.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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Catahoula means “sacred lake” in Choctaw.
About this Breed
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a hardy but striking working dog. The origin of the breed is somewhat cloaked in mystery, but they are believed to have come from a mixture of dogs brought over by early Spanish settlers in Louisiana. The first Catahoula clubs started popping up in the 70’s. With a fantastic working drive, these dogs are used to track wild hogs and drive cattle.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Catahoula Leopard Dog ancestry.