The Catahoula dog breed has a striking appearance and a strong hard working attitude. He’s an extreme canine reproduced to work in bogs and woods and requires a pioneer who is firm and steady, with time to keep him involved.
Louisiana’s “pig pooch” is a jambalaya of local American mutts, Spanish Mastiffs, and Greyhounds. Catahoulas were made to track and drive non domesticated swines and cows when the time had come to butcher them, and as anyone might expect they are forcefully steadfast in their work.
This extreme yet strikingly excellent pooch can have a spotted, brindle, solid, or patched coat of many colors. Other extraordinary physical attributes are his webbed feet, which allow him to swim well and work in soft, marshy areas, and his eyes, which may be blue, green, brown, or amber. Some Catahoulas have eyes that are each a different color or “cracked” eyes: two different colors within the same eye.
Befitting their legacy as grouping and driving mutts, Catahoulas are careful about outsiders. They’re defensive of their families and opinionated about who is and isn’t trustworthy. Individuals who live with them say they’re superb judges of character. Catahoula needs early and frequent socialization, especially if you want him to be friendly to other animals and are highly intelligent and patient.