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Out and About: Louisiana's Catahoula Leopard Dog

Out and About: Louisiana's Catahoula Leopard Dog

Named the Louisiana state dog in 1979, the lovely, spotted Catahoula Leopard Dog originated in the north central part of this state. Their name comes from a Choctaw word translating to "sacred lake," and the breed was originally found in the Catahoula Lake region by early settlers. Known primarily as hunting and working dogs, their original use was to pen and catch wild hogs and cows using the "canine fence" method to hold – and direct – herds for their owners. Although not officially an AKC-recognized dog, Catahoulas were assigned Herding Group designation and have been recorded since 1996 in the Foundation Stock Service, an optional record-keeping service for all purebred breeds not currently registrable with the Kennel Club.

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d0980y d0980y 7 years
these are great dogs very versatile. and have a very interesting history with deep american roots. but very little people know that the breed exists. if you would like to see more pictures. of these wonderful dogs please visit my site www.CatahoulaCountry.com
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
What a cute breed.
alllacedup alllacedup 8 years
Wow! We've been trying to figure out what my heeler might be mixed with and he looks like these dogs only Heeler-ish!
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 8 years
I've never seen this type of dog before. It's gorgeous!
wakeupandora wakeupandora 8 years
these dogs are absolutely gorgeous! i had a friend who had a dalmation/catahoula mix and that dog was stunning!! i could've gone cruella deVil with that dog!
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