catahoula leopard dog breed information
common health issues
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is one of the few breeds that are native to the United States. It originated in Louisiana and its history is quite unique. When settlers arrived in what is now the United States, the only domesticated animals they found were the dogs that belonged to Native Americans. When the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived in the 16th century, he brought his own war dogs, which began breeding with the native species. The result was the Catahoula Leopard Dog, which became known as a fierce hunter of wild game.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are distinctive in appearance, with coats that come in various colors and haunting eyes that resemble glass marbles. At 50-90 lbs., they are a large breed dog, and their energetic mischief needs to be curbed with daily vigorous exercise. Protective of their families, they are also very loving and make good family dogs.
Although loyal companions, Catahoula Leopard Dogs are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Catahoula Leopard Dogs are prone to include deafness and joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Catahoula Leopard Dog has the misfortune of inheriting his mother’s bad hips or his father’s deaf ears, you’re protected.