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Catahoula Leopard Dog Breed

The Catahoula Cur, or Catahoula Leopard Dog originated from the area of Catahoula, in northeastern Louisiana. It was designated as the state dog of Louisiana in 1979 and believed to have descended from Nordic Wolfhounds although this is largely undetermined. This herding breed weighs between 55 to 80 pounds and stands from 20 to 26 inches. There are three versions of the breed: the Wright line which is the largest weighing at 90 to 110 pounds and named after the breeder who developed it, Mr. Preston Wright; the Fairbanks line which is medium in size at 65 to 75 pounds and are distinctly brindle to yellow in coat colour; and the McMillin line which is the smallest at 50 to 60 pounds and has unique glass eyes. It has a broad and flat skull, a deep chest and solid legs. Its feet has prominent webbing that extends almost to the ends of the toes making the breed a great swimmer. Its tail may be long and whip-like and is typically shaped like a question mark.

The breed has been used to round up feral pigs and cattle that had escaped from the fences. They were also used to trail and tree raccoons. Independent, protective and territorial, the Catahoula Cur can be a loving household companion but reserved around strangers. They are energetic and assertive but not aggressive. They are also highly intelligent and loves interaction especially with their human companions. The breed makes for a good guard and watch dog, alerting its owner and family to anything out of the ordinary in the house.

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