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Updated on January 16, 2023
Michael Colt, Bachelor Computer Science Degree & Computer Engineering.
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Michael Colt, Bachelor Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science.
Ella Williams
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Dr. Michael Colt is a highly qualified veterinarian and animal scientist. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the care and treatment of animals, and a deep understanding of the latest scientific research in the field. Dr. Colt is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of animals, and is committed to providing the highest level of care to his patients. Holds a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Middle Tennessee State University.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an extremely strong, brave, and protective breed. They were developed in the Catahoula region of Louisiana and are known for their husky-like appearance, brown and white markings, and the long, luxurious mane they wear. They are known as the “Leopard Hound of the South” for their striking appearance.

The name “Catahoula” is a French word that means “Creek” and refers to the Catahoula Leopard Dog’s origins in the Catahoula Mountains of Louisiana. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a large, sturdy, and powerful dog that requires a family environment to live as a typical household dog. They are known for being very tough, healthy, and independent.

They are good with other dogs, people, and even other cats. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is happy in a home where they are the only dog. They do quite well with other household pets including cats but are not friendly with smaller dogs or household pets.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a very affectionate and loyal dog but may be aloof to strangers. They make great watch dogs and guard dogs. They are excellent with children and other dogs but may be easily provoked with other animals. The Catahoula Leopard Dog may be small at only 45-50 lbs, but they are very active and do well in a family environment.


The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a healthy, high-energy breed that is relatively hardy. They are prone to fleas, but proper flea control can prevent this. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is one of the more active breeds, so they make great watchdogs. They should be kept inside to prevent them from overexerting themselves, but they’re good with other dogs and even other cats.

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Family Conditions

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a very sturdy, powerful dog that requires a family environment to live as a typical household dog. They do best in a home with other calm, active dogs such as Labs, German Shepherds, and German shorthaired pointers. They do best in a home with other dogs that are calm and easy-going, such as pit bulls, huskies, and retrievers.

They do best in a home with other pets such as cats but are not friendly with smaller dogs or household pets. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is independent, lively, strong willed, and very protective. They do best in a home with another large, strong dog such as a German Shepherd or German Longhaired Pointer.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog – Temperament

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The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a confident, tough dog with a lively and assertive character. They are bold, fearless, and confident. This makes them good watchdogs, as they are sure-footed and have a strong sense of smell.

It also explains their boldness when protecting their territory, as they are territorial. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is active throughout the day and night. They are energetic, strong willed, and good with other animals.

Catahoula Leopard Dogs – Size and Weight

The size of the Catahoula Leopard Dog does not matter, as long as it is a healthy size for its age. Health issues can happen to any breed, and it’s important to be aware of health issues so you can properly care for your pet.

While the Catahoula Leopard Dog is large at 50-75 lbs, it’s important to remember that they are very active dogs that need to be kept active. They do well in a large, fenced yard but also need to be carried when they are young and strong enough to handle it.

What to Look For in a Catahoula Leopard Dog Puppy

The first thing you’ll notice about a puppy is the Clouded Leopards Eye. This is a very important eye test, as it lets you know if the puppy has eye disease. The puppy’s eyes should be milky white, not yellowish. A spotted eye is a sign of congenital eye disease, so this is a concern.

The remainder of the puppy’s eye features should be non-conformity with human standards, as this means the puppy is relatively healthy. You’ll also notice the pup’s ears and mouth when it’s young. Ears should be small, tight, and erect; a floppy, pendulous ear is a sign of health issues. Puppies should have clean breath and be able to vocalize when you pet them.


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