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Ol' Southern Catchdog

Information and Pictures

Left Profile - A black and white Ol' Southern Catchdog is sitting in snow and it is looking up and to the left with a focused, happy look on its face.

Tallula the Old Southern Catch Dog at 4 years old—"St-Onge's Tallula has caught pigs in Florida and works as an everyday nanny dog for the children and livestock."

Other Names

Ol' Southern Catch Dog


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The Ol' Southern Catch Dog should be a powerful and athletic dog. The head is proportional to the body, square and broad. The muzzle should be wide and short to medium in length with muscular jaws. The teeth meet in a scissor bite; a slightly under shot bite is also acceptable. The eyes are round or almond shape, wide set; any color acceptable. The nose has wide nostrils for free breathing; any color acceptable. The neck is well muscled and thick, blending into very muscular forelimbs. The chest is squared in proportion to body; it should come down to meet with the elbows. The ribs should be long and well sprung in order to allow deep breaths. The back should have a slight arch with a high tail set and be well muscled above the shoulders. The legs should be long without being lanky. Good bone mass; front legs should be straight and not turned out at feet or elbows. Rear legs should present a powerful appearance and have a curve before the stifle. Should not be cow hocked or straight stifled. The feet are compact and round and the pasterns should be strong. Also, feet should have noticeable tight webbing between toes. Any color is acceptable. Both natural and cropped ears are acceptable. The tail naturally reaches the hock or may be docked.


The main purpose of this breed of bulldog is to catch wild hogs and cattle. It is also useful as a guard dog, family protector and makes a great, loyal pet. The Ol' Southern Catchdogs are specifically bred from the most exceptionally proven catch dogs. Their main objective is always to excel in their ability to catch and hold hogs and cattle. The Ol' Southern Catchdog should not be overly aggressive with man and/or with dogs. It should be tolerant of children of all ages. It should be brave, confident, determined and extremely courageous but not hostile. The Ol' Southern Catchdog should portray the willingness to give up his own life for the task asked of him. This working dog needs activity and leadership to bring out the best in him.

Height, Weight

Weight: Males 60 - 90 pounds (27 - 41 kg) Females 50 - 80 pounds (22 - 36 kg)

Height: Males 20 - 25 inches (51 - 63 cm) Females 18 - 23 inches (45 - 58 cm)

Health Problems

None if bred well. Dog is bred for hybrid vigor.

Living Conditions

Living conditions are described as a farm dog and catch dog. Large, open areas with free run. Most do well in kennels or indoors. These dogs need to work and perform their duties. Failure to allow them to do so can result in destructive behavior.


This breed needs to be taken on a daily walk, run or jog, and preferably given a job to do. Without enough daily mental and physical exercise these dogs will become high strung and may become hard to handle.

Life Expectancy

About 10-16 years

Litter Size

About 4 to 6 puppies


Little grooming is needed


The Ol' Southern Catch Dog originates in the southern United States of America. The name "Catch Dog" is a specially trained dog that is used to hunt large game, trained to work livestock, and is used in baiting.



  • BBC = Backwoods Bulldog Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.