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History The Catahoula Bulldog is a breed that has been in existence for more than 100 years and is mostly found in the southern regions of the United States. It is said that this breed was developed because ranchers needed a dog that can be used for herding and catching hogs, and can be utilized for hunting black bears. Catahoula Bulldogs were developed by crossing the Catahoula Leopard with the American Bulldog. The Catahoula Leopard was highly skilled with luring a hog to a pen, but it was neither rugged nor large enough to catch a hog all by itself. The American Bulldog, on the other hand, had the extra weight, size, and had a strong jaw as well as the capability to function as an excellent catch dog. The Catahoula Leopard possessed the speed, intelligence, and endurance, as well as the instincts needed for herding and hunting.
Due to the crossing of the two breeds, a breed that is rugged, large, intelligent, and skilled with herding and hunting was formed. This was called the Catahoula Bulldog. IN 1951, the Animal Research Foundation started registering Catahoula Bulldogs.
Appearance Catahoula Bulldogs are tight-skinned and possess a short-haired, smooth coat. Most dogs of this breed have no undercoat, but colder climates can cause these dogs to grow one. These dogs have rose-type or button-type ears, but their ears are usually cropped so that they would look more sophisticated. These dogs have eyes that may come in a wide variety of colours, including ice blue, gold, brown, emerald green, or even a combination of any of the mentioned colours.
Colours The smooth, short-haired coat of the Catahoula Bulldog comes in different colours. Usually, these dogs come in pure white or merle, with black, tan, and grey markings. Many dogs of this breed sport large areas of colour with smaller spots and patches.
Temperament These dogs are great as working, hunting, and guard dogs. Despite that, though, they also make excellent household pets. Catahoula Bulldogs are loyal to their family and have strong protective instincts. These dogs are usually calm, but they remain alert to what goes on in their surroundings. They love being with their family and can even get along well with children.
Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 24 to 26 inches and their weight falls between 75 and 100 pounds.
Problems Catahoula Bulldogs do not have any recorded genetic health problems. All ailments and health issues affecting this breed are those common to other dogs as well.
Living Conditions These dogs can do well in an apartment, but it's still best for them to be provided with a yard where they can run around and play. These dogs should also be provided with enough protection from harsh weather, especially if their undercoat hasn't yet developed by winter season.
Requirements Dogs of this breed should be provided with much exercise. They should be taken out for long walks daily, and it's important that they are given enough space to run around in.
Training Requirements Owners of these dogs should provide their dogs with firm training. It's also important for owners to be patient, and to socialize their Catahoula Bulldogs from puppyhood onwards. Owners should also display strong leadership skills so that these dogs would come to see humans as being higher in pack rank than canines are.
Life Expectancy When properly taken care of, Catahoula Bulldogs can live for around 13 to 15 years.
Grooming It's easy to groom and maintain the coat of the Catahoula Bulldog. Owners should keep in mind, though, that regular brushing is still needed so that the coat of the dog would stay healthy. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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