Hi everyone - I am new to this site so forgive me if I am asking a question in the wrong catagorey etc. I think that I have a dog that is a Catahoula - or maybe an Aussie Coolie? I live in NC so Catahoula is more likely I suppose - she was dumped in the gameland near my house as many dogs are - last fall we won her over she came out of the woods and ate something for the first time in what had to be a long time. This Feb she had puppies - I know I know - should have spayed her - no excuse - she is going to be spayed this week - at any rate she is such a special dog and maybe a mix who knows but its important for me to know what she may be ecspecially when finding the right homes for pups. Anybody know how about this breed or think that they could identify? Thanks
I had a Catahoula that was a rescue. It is another breed that is not for the casual dog family. For one thing, they are very strong and powerful. Too strong for small children. My dog was very loyal and would have preferred to be the only dog. She didn't like sharing with other dogs or cats. She was very protective. Very energetic. They do better on farms or on a ranch where they can work. At best she was a loving dog but difficult. She died of mammory cancer even though she had been spayed. In all honesty my pit bulls have been a whole lot less problems than the Catahoula.
If you post a picture, we may be able to help you identify the breed. Also, do you have any idea what breed the sire of the litter was? If she's a catahoula, I would not recommend placing the pups with first-time dog owners or with dog owners who are used to easy breeds.
I have a catahoula mix, and living with her is like living with a bulldozer on speed. All dogs need limits; catahoulas need more than others. My girl works for everything she wants, including every single bite of food. She does not eat meals out of a dish. Rather, I give her food in small handfuls, one handful after each task successfully completed. She has more rules than the other dogs in the house, especially regarding furniture. She leads a very structured life, and I'm very clear about exactly who is in charge around here.
If you don't know how to set and to enforce limits, a catahoula will take over the whole house and mow down everything in his or her path. They are total social climbers. I love my girl dearly and wouldn't trade her for the world, but she is not a good match for the average dog owner.