The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog is a dog with a sixth sense, intruiging glass-like eyes (frequently blue), a mottled brown or merle blue coat, and capable of climbing trees. The breed name comes from its unique leopard-spot pattern overlaid on a background of almost any color or marking. This dog originated in the Catahoula Lake region in central Louisiana and is the official Louisiana state dog. This medium-sized dog is a working dog breed and is extremely agile and athletic. They are sometimes referred to as “cat dogs” because of their intuition and ability to climb.
In 1700, after almost 150 years of breeding between Spanish war dogs and the Red Wolf, French settlers discovered this spotted dog with the mysterious eyes. The Catahoula Leopard dog is highly intelligent and very energetic. They love to do their job and are used for herding, hunting, guarding, police work and search and rescue. These dogs are dominant and are not necessarily for the novice dog owner. The require firm leadership and training from their owner. If this is missing, one breeder says they “will eat your house.” Well-trained and well-exercised dogs make good companions and family pets.