You would like to have Catahoula!?

Is the reason why you want a Catahoula, the fact that he is so beautiful and has such amazing blue eyes?

That’s your first mistake! Continue reading

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Working Dog Catahoula

The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a dog made for working!

Amber Middaugh´s and Ty Barton´s Catahoulas and Black-mouth cur cowdogs from Arizona are working on cattles.

“Tell a Catahoula what he is supposed to do and he will go ahead and do it, no matter what it is.” – Anonymous. Some Catahoula owners maybe used to this saying. There is truth to it if you take the broad variety of jobs into consideration a Catahoula performs in the US and in parts in Europe. Like all broad statements it is not always true. Before choosing a Louisiana Catahoula, it is essential to research the type of job or utility he is supposed to do, if he will like to do it and that keeps him occupied enough. Continue reading

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Catahoula – Interesting facts about a challenging dog breed


The Louisiana Catahoula – a dog for experienced owners

Interesting facts about a challenging dog breed

The Lousiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is often multi-colored brindled, many animals have striking blue eyes – the breed has a special look. Therefore, anyone considering buying a Catahoula should make this decision carefully. Because the farmers of the southern states in the USA have bred this breed for driving cattle and hunting wild boar. This still defines the breed characteristics and typical behavior of this dog. The Catahoula is a robust and intelligent working dog that needs physical and mental activity and clear and consistent leadership to be content and balanced. He is not a pure family dog. The following is a small guide from the European Association of Louisiana Catahoulas to help make decisions in advance of purchase. Continue reading

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Interview with the NALC judge of EALC & NALC Catahoula Event 2017

Winston Beavert, NALC judge and Catahoula breeder from Oklahoma/USA

was the Judge for the Cow Dog Trial and Conformation Show at the big EALC & NALC Catahoula event in October 2017 at the  Mitrov Farm.

Winston is a farmer and experienced Catahoula breeder in the third generation – Diamond B Catahoulas. He works daily with his dogs on the farm and has a great deal of experience with this breed. Continue reading

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(Deutsch) Zwei Catahoularüden unter einem Dach – geht das?

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Unchallenged and overchallenged Catahoulas

Activity and work in various stages of Catahoula’s life

Amber Middaughs Catahoulas – hard work at the cattles

The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a working dog. Ranchers in the southern states of the USA bred this breed specifically to hunt, primarily boar and raccoons, to herd cattle, and to guard a farm as well as for other roles. Catahoula is a multifaceted breed. Breeding selection was based and indeed it is still driven by working needs of breeders. For this reason, the working traits of this breed are still present in today studs. The Catahoula wants and needs to work and not just physically. However, one must be aware of  requirements of each dog, whose needs are dependent upon its age. Continue reading

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The question of the Merle gene

A typical merle coat color, i.e. coat with patches of diluted pigment irregularly spread over body and intermingled with undiluted melanin, is known in several breeds, such as Australian Sphepard, Collie, Border Collie, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Shetland Sheepdog, Dachshund, etc. However, individuals with such a merle coat coloring are not a majority in those breeds. It is probably due to breeding regulations valid for those breeds that prevent combinations of both merle colored parents. The main reason for an existence of such breeding rules is a fact that offsprings of predominantly white color (called double merle) are born from such merle parents and they are known to suffer often from a variety of serious health defects. Continue reading

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Show me your teeth, Catahoula

There was no much attention paid until now to bite and teeth quality of Louisiana Catahoula. The reason is that Catahoula is the American breed and there is generally only a little attention focused on this matter. Both NALC standard, valid since 1977 (last revision in 1994) and UKC standard (2008) say that: „A scissors bite is preferred, but a level bite is acceptable. Full dentition is greatly desired, but dogs are not to be penalized for worn or broken teeth. Overshot or undershot bite are serious faults, but not disqualifying“. Catahoula is working breed and working qualities have been always more demanded than an ideal conformation and a superior bite. This is also the heritage we must deal with now. Continue reading

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