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Catahoula Bulldog

Life Span:~10 to 12
Litter Size: 4 to 5
Country of Origin: United States

Size: The Catahoula bulldog is a medium to large size dog weighing in at 34-45.3 kg (60-100 lb). The height is 55-66 cm (20-26 inches) at the shoulders.

Coat: The Catahoula Bulldogs have short hair and short coat. They require minimal grooming.

Character: Since they were bred for herding, hunting, and guarding, the Catahoula Bulldogs are very intelligent. They are very loyal, and they will easily defend their families and properties without hesitation. Although they may look fierce, they have a calm and subdued personality. The female Catahoula Bulldogs are more dominant than their male counterparts. Because of this aggressiveness, they require a firm leader when conducting any training. Early socialization is required in order for them to heed any training. This is required due to their size.

Appearance: The Catahoula Bulldog is the result by crossbreeding the American Bulldog and Catahoula Leopard. The breed has the American Bulldog???s muscular build, tight skin, and a very short, smooth coat; undercoat develops when they are living in seasonal or colder climates. Their colors are from the Catahoula Leopard, which are white, black and white, black, brown, brown and white and sometimes even black and brown.

History: The Catahoula Bulldog has been in existence for more than 100 years. They???ve been mostly found for the most part in the southern United States. The farmers wanted an intelligent for herding and catching hogs, while at the same time large enough to hunt for American Black Bears. The breed is a crossbred of Catahoula Leopard Dog and The American Bulldog. Registration of the breed started in 1951. 1

Health Issues: As with other dog breeds, the Catahoula Bulldog is generally healthy and hearty breed, but they do suffer health problems, including hip dysplasia, congenital heart defects, glaucoma, cataracts, entropian - folding inward of the eyelid, ectropian - folding outward of the eye lid, and bloat.

Temperament: Similar to Catahoula Leopard Dog, the Catahoula Bulldog uses their natural herding abilities, such as intimidation, to herd animals. But they are quite different as the latter are are strong and intelligent in catching hogs, and they are also far more aggressive.

Care: This breed requires only minor grooming attention. Since they only have short, smooth coats, they shed a little and only need occasional brushing and bathing.

Training: They are a very intelligent breed. They can be easily trained. But they should start socializing early on. When training, they should know who is the pack leader. If not, they could be intimidating to train due to their size.

Activity: Since they were bred for hunting, they need daily exercises. Long, regular walks is required. They need to dispense their high energy, otherwise they be much more troublesome indoors.
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