The Catahoula Leopard Dog, short for Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, is believed to have originated in northern Louisiana.
The job of these rugged but beautiful “hog dogs” was to drive livestock to slaughter.
When the first settlers arrived in Louisiana, they discovered that the state’s woods were overrun with wild hogs, so they bred their own herding dogs with canines belonging to local Native Americans.
Considering his smarts and athleticism, he’ll likely beat out all the competition.
You can also count on the Catahoula Leopard Dog to watch over you and your home.
Always walk him on a leash, so he doesn’t practice his aggressive driving skills on other animals.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog can adapt to living indoors or outdoors, but he needs a securely fenced yard—along with plenty of human companionship.
Today, he’s still more of a working dog than a pet, but he’s undoubtedly versatile.
If you don’t have hogs for him to boss around, he’s eligible to compete in American Kennel Club companion events, such as agility, obedience, and rally.