The progenitor of the Catahoula Bulldog, the Catahoula Leopard Dog supposedly evolved from the war dog of Hernando Soto. Catahoula is the word of Indian origin and designates «clear water». It’s clearly intended to describe the breed’s fascinating pale blue eyes. Initially it was used to herd livestock and to decoy hogs in their burrows. The Catahoula Leopard Dog also served as a hunting dog. However this breed didn’t have enough power and robustness to catch a hog so hunters had to take with them catch dogs. At the same time the American Bulldog was renowned for its exceptional talents in catching hogs. So it was surmised that the cross between these breeds would result in the dog, which would big and ferocious enough to bring down a hog and would have quick-wittedness, endurance and speed of the Catahoula Leopard Dog.
Obviously the hybrid was named the Catahoula Bulldog to reflect its ancestry. This dog is notable for impressively wide array of coat coloration. The breed demonstrates agility and durability in the working environment but remains calm and relaxed at home. That’s why it’s oftentimes kept as a purely family dog. The other dog’s talents also include a guarding and watching. Nonetheless the Catahoula Bulldog remains a versatile hunting dog, which is capable of catching, luring and treeing game. The first specimen was officially registered by Mr. Stodghill of the American Research Foundation in 1951.
The Catahoula Bulldog manifests wariness and suspiciousness in the presence of strange people. However, the human aggressiveness can rarely been seen in this dog and it won’t show its fierce side without any serious reason. Still, this vigilant animal will become a very good watchdog as it can unfailingly notify its master about the approach of an unfamiliar person. The breeds’ steady temperament and massive built suggest that it can be turned into a fabulous guard dog.
The Catahoula Bulldog is also accepting of other canines. Because of its calm nature it doesn’t prone to compete over the dominance position with other dogs and rarely takes the lead in canine conflicts. The breed has a strong prey drive and usually views stray animals as a prey. However it will co-exist peacefully with a home cat with which it has been reared together.
• eyes problems;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• congenital heart defects.
That’s why its training should be conducted with proper firmness but excessive harshness should be by any means avoided. The breed works best if motivated with mild encouragement and food treats. With due commitment the Catahoula Bulldog is capable of learning very sophisticated tricks, which will impress your friends and relatives.
Without regular opportunities to let off its energy the Catahoula Bulldog usually turns into disobedient, nervous and hyperactive animal. Once its exercise needs are met the dog has tendency to be a couch potato indoors so it can be relatively easy adapted to living in an apartment.
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