meet theCatahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dog


Training &Temperament

  • Children


    83% agree

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  • Training


    100% agree

  • Time Alone


    60% agree

Did You Know?

The word Catahoula is of Choctaw Indian origin and is translated into English as "sacred lake." Just as the Choctaw word Chockahoula means "sacred home."

In Canada, Catahoulas have competed successfully in sled dog racing.

In 1979, the Catahoula Leopard Dog was named the state dog of Louisiana.

Catahoulas have been taken to Venezuela to gather wild Brahman cattle on huge ranches.

The Catahoula originated in North Central Louisiana in the geographic area around the Catahoula Lake from which it got its name.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1996.

Other names for the breed include Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hog Dog and Catahoula Hound.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog has been assigned the Herding Group designation.

From the July 2009 Board Meeting - The Catahoula Leopard Dog was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2010.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Blue 037
Blue Merle 050
Brindle 057
Chocolate 071
Red 140
Red Merle 276
White Merle 311
Yellow 232
Yellow Merle 436


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Tan Markings 012
White Trim 101