catahoula leopard dog breed information

common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the ligaments stabilizing the knee joint. Rupture of this ligament leads to joint instability and is the most common orthopedic problem in the dog. Pain and lameness result from both partial and full cruciate ligament tears, and surgery is recommended to prevent progression of joint disease.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.

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.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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