Catahoula Bulldog Profile
Country of Origin: The Catahoula Bulldog is a mixed breed dog that was developed in the southern United States over 100 years ago. The breed is a mix between the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the America Bulldog. The Catahoula Bulldog was created by ranchers who wanted a dog that would not only be an excellent herder and hunter, but that had the sheer strength to catch a hog itself. The Catahoula Bulldog is also regaled as an excellent bear dog as well. Between the sheer size and strength of the American Bulldog and the intelligence and cunning of the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, this breed seems unstoppable. The combination of talents between the two breeds utilized created the perfect breed for their purposes. The first registration of the Catahoula Bulldog occurred in 1951 by Mr Stodghill of the Animal Research Foundation.
Size: The Catahoula Bulldog will typically reach heights of 24-26 inches and an average weight of 75-100 pounds.
Coat: The coat of the Catahoula Bulldog is very short and smooth. The skin is very tight to the body and there is no undercoat. However, the Catahoula Bulldog may develop an undercoat if the climate and surroundings require it. It is common to see coats of various colors on the Catahoula Bulldog. Colors can range anywhere from the infamous leopard merle to a solid white.
Character: The Catahoula Bulldog is a very intelligent breed with excellent hunting, herding and guarding abilities. They are extremely loyal, and will defend your family and property with tenacity. While staying alert, the Catahoula Bulldog tends to have a calm and subdued personality. The female Catahoula Bulldog is typically found to be more dominant than the males of their breed. They will require a firm pack master, and training as well as socialization should begin at a young age. The Catahoula Bulldog is a large breed and it could become too difficult to attempt to correct the dog as it reaches adulthood.
Temperament: The Catahoula Bulldog is a friendly breed that makes an excellent family companion. They prefer to be around their loved ones and are known to be very tolerant of children. The Catahoula Bulldog is a playful breed but can be wary and protective around strangers. It is necessary to begin socialization at a young age to help prevent aggressive behavior towards strangers. However, as stated previously, the Catahoula Bulldog is a mixed breed of the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the American Bulldog. A mixed breed dog can have a combination of any of the temperament and characteristics of any breed involved. It is recommended that you thoroughly research all breeds involved in your mixed breed puppy to ensure that you are amenable and prepared for any of the possibilities.
Care: The Catahoula Bulldog requires very little attention in the grooming department. You should brush them on occasion to remove dead hair, but the Catahoula Bulldog's short, smooth coat sheds very little. They will need a bath only when necessary.
Training: The Catahoula Bulldog is an intelligent breed that will learn quickly and is eager to please. They do require a firm pack leader that exhibits consistency. It is necessary when walking your Catahoula Bulldog that they heel either behind or beside you. A dog allowed to lead is a dog who believes he is in charge. A Catahoula Bulldog is a large breed, and so it could be potentially dangerous for this breed to believe he's running the show.
Activity: The Catahoula Bulldog will be happiest with a job to do and regular long daily walks. This is a high energy breed and should have a large area for play in addition to their walks.