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Catahoula Bulldog

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog / American Bulldog Hybrid Dogs

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Lexi the Catahoula Bulldog is standing on a rug and looking up to the camera holder

"Lexi, my female Catahoula Bulldog at 15 months old is a lover, obsessed with the ball, and loves to swim and fetch. She is a little shy around new people, and must have some time to get used to them before letting anyone pet her, but she is never aggressive about it. She is also extremely energetic, and can be a chewer when she doesn’t get all the energy out. She is extremely smart, and picks up on things in record time."

Other Names

Catahoula Bulldogge

American Mastahoula

Description

The Catahoula Bulldog is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the American Bulldog. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

The Catahoula Bulldog has tight skin and a very short, smooth coat. In most cases the Catahoula does not have an undercoat but may develop one if it is living in a seasonal or colder climate. Ears come in rose type or button over and are sometimes cropped for a noble look. Eye color can come in brown, ice blue, gold, emerald green or a combination of all of these. Coats come in a wide variety of colors from merle to pure white.

Temperament

The Catahoula Bulldog tends to be a laid-back dog but can be alert when necessary. Very intelligent and easy to train, they are loyal and love to be around their family. This dog loves to please and should be taught what is expected of them early on. They are very tolerant of children. The Catahoula Bulldog tends to use their ears in a very expressive manner, as if they are talking with them. Makes a great watch or guard dog. They are sometimes used to hunt and tree game.

Height, Weight

Height: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm)

Weight: 75 - 100 pounds (34 - 46 kg)

Health Problems

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Living Conditions

Will do ok in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.

Exercise

The Catahoula Bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk.

Life Expectancy

About 10-14 years.

Litter Size

About 5 to 10 puppies

Grooming

Grooming needs are minimal. They should have a bath a couple of times of year (unless they get into something and get filthy) and a good brushing once a week. The nails should be trimmed regularly and the teeth kept clean. This breed is an average to light constant shedder. When nervous or stressed, they have a tendency to shed more, especially when you are petting them.

Origin

The Catahoula Bulldog hybrid had been around for over 100 years and is now often bred Catahoula Bulldog to Catahoula Bulldog. It is a very old American dog used in the South. There have not been any good records kept on them. The name Catahoula comes from an Indian word meaning "clear water."

Group

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Recognition

ACA = American Canine Association Inc.

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

Lexi the Catahoula Bulldog is standing outside next to a concrete path. Her mouth is open and her tongue is out

Lexi the female Catahoula Bulldog at 15 months old

Close Up - Colt the Catahoula Bulldog  is standing outside with its mouth open and its tongue is out

"This is Colt. He is a 9-month-old Catahoula Bulldog. He loves to play...anything! He is really laid back, especially for a male puppy! He does great around the kids and our other dogs, even the neighborhood dogs! He loves his little sidekick Ryver, who is an American Bulldog and even though there is a 5 month difference in age they act like TWINS!"

Colt the Catahoula Bulldog is standing in grass outside and licking its nose

Colt the Catahoula Bulldog at 9 months old

Delta the Catahoula Bulldog is sitting outside in front of a fence. Its mouth is open and its tongue is out

75-lb. female Catahoula Bulldog named Delta

Tinkerbelle a Catahoula Bulldog puppy is standing outside in grass and wearing a blue color and looking to the right

"Tinkerbelle, a Catahoula Bulldog puppy is a merle with Irish spotting and a blue eye and a green eye! She was from our last litter and she is a doll!"Photo courtesy of Wilsons Kennels

Reese the Catahoula Bulldog is sitting in grass outside with its mouth slightly open and its head tilted a little bit to the right

"This is my 1-and-a-half-year-old hunting buddy Reese. He is a Catahoula Bulldog with the most unique colors I have seen in them. It is hard to tell from the picture, but he is the color of peanut butter and chocolate all mixed up, with a dark chocolate stripe down his back, and dark chocolate face and legs (hence the name Reese), and 3/4 tipped ears. He can play in the yard and be very watchful of my daughters at the same time, but friendly to "invited" guests as well. He is also a very aggressive hog hunter who gets down and dirty as one of the best catch dogs I know, that can also trail the hog."

A Litter of Catahoula Bulldog Puppies on a Blue backdrop and they are in a wooden box

Litter of Catahoula Bulldog Puppies"The Catahoula Bulldog is a recognized cross between the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and the American Bulldog. It is a very old American dog used in the South for working, hunting and family/property protection as well as being a devoted companion. Our dogs are registered through the Animal Research Foundation (ARF), the oldest all-breed registry. Puppies can come in a wide range of coloring from merle to white with eyes being brown, green, ice blue, gold, or a combination of these. Not only are these dogs excellent all-around dogs, but they are truly beautiful to look at with their rainbow of coloring." Courtesy of Waller's Freedom Kennels

Catahoula Bulldog is sitting next to a wooden box and a lantern is inside of it with a wooden wheel leaning on it and a rope hanging in the corner. The Backdrop is photoshopped

Catahoula Bulldog, Photo courtesy of Waller's Freedom Kennels

Delta the Catahoula Bulldog is sitting outside and looking up at the camera holder with its mouth open and tongue out

Delta the Catahoula Bulldog

Wilson's Shugah the Catahoula Bulldog is standing outside in grass and looking to the back

"This is a beautiful example of an F1 Catahoula Bulldog. This is Wilson's Shugah. She is a wonderful dog, full of fun! She loves kids and playing with other dogs. She especially loves puppies. She is very motherly, and will clean the puppies and take care of them, even though they are not hers! She is the Bomb!" Photo courtesy of Wilson's Kennels

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog is walking through a body of water

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog is standing in a body of water

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog is walking deeper into the body of water

El Capitan's Oakey the Catahoula Bulldog

A litter of four Catahoula Bulldog puppies are sitting and laying around in a field

"9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppies from our March 2007 litter—most of these pups have blue/green cracked glass eyes."

Three Catahoula Bulldog puppies are walking towards the camera holder

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppies

Three Catahoula Bulldog puppies are looking towards the right

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppies

Four Catahoula Bulldog puppies are sitting in field. Next to each other and they are also looking to the right

A litter of 9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppies

Two Catahoula Bulldog puppies are sitting outside under a table

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppies

A Catahoula Bulldog puppy is laying in a field with a red and blue rope toy next to its head

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppy

A Catahoula Bulldog puppy is sitting outside and looking up at the camera holder

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppy

A Catahoula Bulldog puppy is sitting on a couch and looking towards the camera holder

9-week-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppy

A Catahoula Bulldog Puppy is laying on a towel with a red boxing glove laying next to it

4-day-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppy

A Catahoula Bulldog Puppy is wearing pearls and laying in pink and purple Frill

4-day-old merle Catahoula Bulldog puppy