Louisiana Catahoula leopard dogs are medium to medium-large dogs with colorful coats and a colorful history. Catahoulas were originally bred to herd wild hogs in the southern United States, and have a lineage that includes red wolves, Native American dogs and dogs like mastiffs and sight hounds brought by Spanish settlers. In 1979, Louisiana Catahoula leopard dogs were declared the state dogs of Louisiana.
The Catahoula Coat
Catahoula leopard dogs have short single coats that lie flat on their bodies. Their fur may be smooth or coarse in texture and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including leopard-spotted, solid, brindle and patchwork. Catahoulas shed lightly or moderately throughout the year.
Catahoula Coat Grooming
Catahoulas are low-maintenance pets when it comes to coat grooming, due to their short, flat coats. A weekly brushing can reduce shedding and improve the look of the coat, and a full bath is required only once or twice a year