Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the ultimate working dog and is said by many to be the world's most versatile breed. Catahoulas excel at herding and hunting almost any type of cattle or game (including wild boar, raccoon, squirrel, bear, and deer). Catahoula Leopard Dogs can also be used for SAR and narcotics detection. Although better at hunting and herding wild game, they can also be used for treeing. They are naturally protective of their home and family, and make excellent watch/guard dogs. Catahoulas are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. However, they are also a highly energetic and very assertive breed and require an experienced owner. A working or hunting home is preferable, as these dogs are best at picking fights with their quarry. They are affectionate and sensitive to their owner, yet tough on game. As one owner puts it, they are "strong" and "made of whipcord and leather". They are very protective of their family, and are not generally kind to strangers. They are tough in the working fields and work best herding or hunting wild animals, rather than docile ones, since they might be too harsh on them. Catahoula Curs are generally more tough and aggressive than other shepherd dogs, so an experienced owner is highly suggested. Bred through natural selection of the fittest dog, this breed has evolved to be the best at what it does.
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