Catahoula Leopard Dogs are considered premiere hunting companions, especially in their home state of Louisiana. They are excellent at tracking a variety of animals from wild board and deer to squirrels and raccoons. They are even known for fiercely hunting bear. They have a high energy level and generally, love to work. It is their nature to herd, as well track animals. They are also good at treeing, the process of scaring raccoons out of trees.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs earned their reputation as excellent working dogs in the 17th century. Spanish settlers used the breed to herd wild hogs from the forest. The dogs would not only herd the hogs; they would pick fights with the hogs. Consequently, the hogs would squeal and attract the attention of more hogs. Still, the Catahoulas did not back down. They would run into the owner's pin and the pigs would follow. The owners would then lock the gates and trap the hogs. So, Catahoulas earned the settlers‚ respect. Catahoulas continually exhibited determination and persistence.
To this day, Catahoula Leopard Dogs are strong and assertive. They exhibit confidence in the presence of wild animals. They love the outdoors, so they won't mind tracking through the woods all day. They will defend and protect their hunting companion if necessary. They will also focus on the task at hand.
Owners considering a Catahoula Leopard Dog as a hunting companion should begin training their dog as a puppy. It is important the dog learn obedience skills in order for it to be a good working dog. When not working, they will require plenty of exercise and time outdoors.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs feel most at home in forests and other undeveloped outdoor settings. During their time off from work, they will play outside for hours. They love to run. They will turn sticks into toys and chase birds for sport.
If you are looking for a hunting dog, contact as many breeders as needed to find the right Catahoula Leopard puppy for you. Catahoula Leopard Dogs are bred for their abilities rather than their appearance. Health history is important. Breeders should be able to describe how a puppy's parents performed as trackers and herders.
Though extremely capable, Catahoula Leopard Dogs are prone to deafness. If your Catahoula is hearing impaired, it is important to consider their limitations in a working environment. Make sure they will respond to non-verbal commands before taking them out into the field. Most will continue to be successful despite their impairment.
Overall, Catahoula Leopard Dogs are one of the best breeds for hunters. They will not only work hard and deliver results. They will act as companions. They will track animals and then return home to sit by their owner's side.