The Catahoula Bulldog is an intelligent and loyal dog, bred by crossing the American Bulldog with the Catahoula Leopard Dog. It has a strong, muscular structure with tight skin. Buttoned, cropped, or rose type ears are usually seen while its eyes often come in different colors including brown, emerald green, amber, ice blue, or gold. Like its American Bulldog parent, the Catahoula Bulldog exhibits heavy torso, robust legs, and great jaw strength.
|Alternative Names||Catahoula Bulldogge|
|Coat||Short, smooth; may develop an undercoat|
|Color||Black, brown, white, black and brown, black and white, brown and white; black with tan blotches and patches; white with gray|
|Category||Molosser, Bulldog, Catch dog, Herding, Hunting|
|Size||Medium to Large|
|Size of Litter||5-10 puppies|
|Temperament||Alert, protective, aggressive|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||USA|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||IDCR, ACA, DRA|
The Catahoula Bulldogs are believed to have originated more than 100 years ago in the southern US. Back then the ranchers needed a multi-purpose dog that would have the size, strength, and weight of American Bulldogs along with the endurance and agility of Catahoula Leopard Dogs so that it could be used for herding, catching hogs, and hunting bears. As a result, the Catahoula Bulldogs were developed.
In 1951, a breed registry was started by Tom Stodghill, the founder of the ARF (Animal Research Foundation). In 1968, a Midlothian-based breeder, Bart Perry, received the first official recognition from the ARF for crossbreeding the Catahoula Bulldogs.
The Catahoula Bulldog though works aggressively in rounding up hogs or cattle, is quite gentle towards humans. Being devoted, loving, and protective with family members, it makes a great companion animal that is always eager to please its people.
Even though it is calm and laid-back, it keeps a watchful eye on its surroundings. It is always suspicious of strangers and will warn its owner when it senses danger.
The dog is typically at ease with kids and can get along well with other dogs when raised with them.
Catahoula Bulldogs respond well to training because of their inherent smartness and devotion to their owners.
Ensure that your Catahoula and Bulldog mix is on a nutritious diet. You can give it four to five cups dry dog food on a daily basis.