The Catahoula Bulldog is not a purebred dog but a cross between the American Bulldog and the Leopard dog. The ideal percentage of crossing is 75%-25% so the breeders get the desired mix. This medium to large size dog is distinctly broad in the shoulders just like the bulldog. It takes after the Bulldog with its muscular frame with tighter skin and also its short coat which is smooth and silky. These dogs do not normally have undercoats but if the dog lives in cooler climates they will often develop one to fit with the season.
These dogs come in a variety of different colors that include: white, black or brown in solid colors or they can have spotted or merled coats with black, grey or tan patches. They also come with a number of different eye colors that can be dark brown, blue, amber, green or even gold. Their ears can come in two different shapes either rose or button shaped and sometimes owners choose to crop them for appearance sake.
Depending on how much content is taken from the parents will depend on the length of the tail and it can either be long or bobtailed and it is not uncommon for all puppies of the same litter to have completely different appearances.
Catahoula Bulldog temperament:
These dogs are often misunderstood and regarded as aggressive animals because of their muscular appearance and their parents’ history. If trained and socialized these dogs make for great pets and can be very affectionate and loyal if given the right attention and treated correctly. They are good with children if socialized but do not respond well to teasing and are known to get snappy.
Catahoula Bulldog health problems:
The Catahoula Bulldog is known to be a hearty and healthy dog and does not have as many genetic problems as its parents due to its careful ratio of breeding. A few reported more uncommon health issues include: hip dysplasia, glaucoma, congenital heart defects and entropian and ectropian (the folding inwards and outwards of the eyelid).
It is fine to keep this dog indoors but the home must be big enough for it to wander about freely as these dogs can grow quite big. It is essential that owners have an enclosed backyard for these dogs to run around and play in. If the dog has a kennel it is also fine for them to sleep outdoors as long as there is sufficient bedding inside.
Catahoula Bulldog Exercise:
These are naturally muscular outdoor dogs that need constant running around and exercise to keep their bodies in shape and keep them out of trouble. It is necessary to take them for two long walks or runs on a daily basis to keep them fit and out of mischief. When these dogs get bored they have a tendency to destroy, including the home.
Catahoula Bulldog grooming:
The Catahoula Bulldog is not much of a shedder and it does not take much to look after this dog. Its coat is strong and short so it only needs to be brushed once a week to get rid of dead hair and skin. This dog does not need to be bathed on a regular basis as it strips the natural oil from the coat. It is recommended to bathe it approximately every two months with warm water and any kind of dog shampoo.
The Catahoula Bulldog is suitable for those families with land as it loves to run about and it does not mind spending time alone if it is outside doing its own thing as it can easily entertain itself. This dog makes the perfect guard dog as it is fiercely loyal and will do almost anything to protect its human family. It also has a natural hunting instinct so it is also a popular breed among farmers and hunters too.