Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
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The Catahoula Leopard breed is believed to have descended from "war dogs" such as Mastiff and Greyhound. Catahoula Leopard's are considered to be the ultimate working dog and the most versatile. They excel at herding cattle as well as hunting wild game that includes squirrel, deer, bear, raccoon, and wild boar. Catahoula Leopard's were given the distinction of being named the State dog of Louisiana in 1979.
The Catahoula Leopard breed is athletic, territorial, and agile. They possess extreme energy and enthusiasm. The Catahoula Leopard is medium to large in size and very muscular. The most unique characteristic is prominent webbing of the paws which gives them the ability to work in marshy areas as well as greater swimming ability.
The Catahoula Leopard is not recommended for inexperienced or first time dog owners. They do not do well with other dogs or household pets. They are not recommended for homes with young children. The Catahoula Leopard breed is highly protective of their family and territory and is aggressive toward strangers. They are affectionate and playful with their owners.
Catahoula Leopard's require minimal grooming. Bathing should be done when necessary; brushing should be done occasionally. It is important to regularly check the ears and paws for debris. They are generally healthy although those with primarily white coats have an 80% chance of being deaf in one or both ears, and/or blindness. There also may be problems with hip dysplasia, abnormal pupils, and tunnel vision.
A single coat breed, the Catahoula Leopard's coat is of medium length. The coat is dense, smooth, and short.
The Catahoula Leopard is highly assertive, strong-willed, and dominant. They require a strong, dominant, and active owner. Early obedience is essential. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Catahoula Leopard breed is highly energetic and requires an inordinate amount of exercise. They are not recommended for city or apartment living. The Catahoula Leopard must be given the opportunity to hunt or work. If they become bored they will become destructive. They excel at agility.
Male: 70-80; Female: 55-65 lbs
Male: 22-26; Female: 20-24 inches
Blue, Black, Red, Yellow, Brindle. There may or may not be white. The coat can be any pattern or color and is often brindled, leopard, or patchy.
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How much do Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Catahoula Leopard Dog varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Catahoula Leopard Dogs sold is $675.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Catahoula Leopard Dog with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $4,800 or even more for a Catahoula Leopard Dog with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Catahoula Leopard Dogs sold is $500.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $675.00
Average Price: $500.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $4,800.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 565 Catahoula Leopard Dog puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Catahoula Leopard Dog puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Catahoula Leopard Dogs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Catahoula Leopard Dog Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 565 Catahoula Leopard Dog dogs.
  • 1. Tbd
  • 2. Faline
  • 3. Tigress
  • 4. Bailey
  • 5. Joey
  • 6. Roger
  • 7. Trouble
  • 8. Bentley
  • 9. Biscuit
  • 10. Bandit
  • 11. Blue Boy
  • 12. Blue
  • 13. Bobby
  • 14. Chevy
  • 15. Cookie
  • 16. Daisy
  • 17. Fajitas
  • 18. Girl One
  • 19. Harley
  • 20. Houla

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Member Since: March 2018
Location: Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
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Hi!! I have a farm/ranch in Commerce, Texas. I raise registered show quality Nigerian Dwarf goats, registered Nubian milking goats, AKC Anatolian Shepherd Livestock dogs (championship lines), AKC Bloodhounds (championship lines), and Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dogs. We also have horses, cattle, chickens, and farm cats! My dogs are born & raised in a home environment. These are our family dogs. The Bloodhounds and Catahoula's are raised as pets, not kept in kennels. The AS LGD's are working dogs. They protect our farm animals from harm. All of my puppies are dewormed at 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 weeks. Vaccinations are given at 3 weeks (Bordetella), 6 & 8 weeks (DAPPv). Toltrazuril is given at 3 weeks for the prevention of coccidiosis. Puppies are microchipped at 4 weeks old. A LIFETIME microchip registration is included. Each puppy is examined by my veterinarian and receives its Health Certificate. Health guarantee is included. Shipping puppies is easy with door-to-door service by USDA licensed, insured, & registered transporters*. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AVAILABLE. Pictures & videos are updated on my website- and Facebook page- All of my puppies are loved and cuddled from birth until they leave my home. Puppy application/Furever home contract is required. From my loving home to yours... *Puppies must be a minimum of 8 weeks old to transport. Commerce, TX

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I don’t have a question, I have a comment. My friend has 2 Catahoula's and they are extremely friendly with her 5 cats. They lay all over the dogs & rub against them all the time. I don’t understand why people say these dogs aren’t good with certain animals. If given the proper training and treatment, any dog can adjust.

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If any dog is properly socialized with other animals such as dogs, cats, horses, ect. they can live well with those animals. However, if a dog of certain basic traits has not been well socialized or trained may be inherently harder to get them to get along with smaller animals. Since the Catahoula has a high prey drive, if they have not been well socialized with cats from an early age, the potential for them to want to chase them is much higher than a breed that doesn't have a high prey drive, such as a French Bulldog. I believe some people are just trying to help and talking about the basis of the breed, not trying to say that the breed can never be around cats or other animals.

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We have a Catahoula, his name is Abe. He is very stubborn so we enlisted a trainer. We are doing a total of six sessions. If we did a DNA etc what breeds would show up? Thanks

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The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is its own separate breed of dog. If you did a DNA test that had the LCLD breed in their data base, then he would come up with that breed. If there is a potential that he is a mixed breed, then you would of course learn what breed(s) he is also mixed with. On January 1, 1995, the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and in 1996, the American Kennel Club (AKC) added the Catahoula Leopard Dog into their Foundation Stock Service (FFS).

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Do Catahoula Leopard Dog eyes change color?

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All dogs eyes change color. At birth the puppy will have blue eyes and slowly over the course of several months, they will change to their adult color. Normally by the time the dog is 16 weeks ( 4 months old ), the puppy has their permanent eye color.

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Have u ever seen the Catahoula Leopard Dog breed with the ears erect? I took one from the pound, thinking it was a Dane, but it turns out to be a Catahoula. I'm thrilled with her, but wonder about the ears??



The standard for the Catahoula Leopard Dog is that the ears are always floppy. However, your dog could be a mix and have a breed with standard erect ears in her linage. As long as she fits with your family, and you love her, love all of her; including her erect ears.


My sweet dog has erect ears..has big head, big body... little legs.. thought to be part Rat Terrier. LOVE all of her.

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Are Catahoula Leopard Dogs good with small children?



If the Catahoula Leopard Dog is socialized to small children when a puppy, then the dog should be fine with them as an adult. However, they are a large sized dog and can sometimes be too rambunctious for small children if not properly socialized.


I have had catahoulas all my life and I don't sell puppies but yes they are excellent with kids!! Any child can walk up to my dogs and they wouldn't hurt them


I have young grand children that stand eye to eye with my Catahoula. He adores them, but I do have to make sure he stays calm with them since his high energy desire to play could cause the children to be unintentionally knocked down or stepped on. He is a young dog, just turned one, but he has learned to be more gentle with the children. He doesn't pull them down now with tug of war. Our Catahoula is very smart and quickly learns. He also tries to be gentle when he plays with me. My grown son is a different story. He plays rough with my son and they both love it.


I have watched my Catahoula mix (Dachshund and Lab) play with my nephews and he changes his “eagerness” in chasing them based on their age/speed. He also laid down on the floor during behavior training so a little teacup terrier (or something) could nip at his ears and lips and crawl around on him. This is my second Catahoula - the first came from Louisiana dumped off in a shelter - I am guessing she was the runt (she also went deaf, but her sniffer never failed! The second came 14 years later from a shelter in of all places, Iowa. They are so similar. I don’t know that I’d ever want another type of dog.


My Catahoula loves the kids, but can be a bit skittish about his tail or feet being pulled on. He has never bit, but has growled. Also, he is very enthusiastic and tends to get carried away when jumping around. He is very gentle otherwise and will let any child pet him. Nicely.


My Catahoula is the best dog I have ever known. Her favorite thing to do is lay around and snuggle. She only wants to be outside if we are with her. She is great with kids. She is good with our cats. She is fiercely protective of her people though. We no longer let our kids walk her because she is so strong (85 pounds of muscle) and so protective we don’t want her attacking another dog who she might feel is too close to her kids.

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Updated: 7/1/2022