April 8th is National Catahoula Day! The Catahoula is the Louisiana state dog. It is also a member of the AKC herding category. A veterinarian has the following things to say about these amazing dogs:
As we mentioned before, the Catahoula dog is from Louisiana, near the Catahoula Lake area. The word ‘Catahoula’ is from the Choctaw Indian language. It means ‘sacred lake.’ This breed may be the result of interbreeding between local pups and the dogs French and Spanish explorers brought with them. The Catahoula’s first job was to track and herd wild hogs. This is why some people refer to this breed as the ‘Hog Dog.’ In the 1800’s, dog breeders focused their attention on breeding a canine that was a great work dog, hunter, and guardian, but also good with kids.
Catahoulas are extremely loving and loyal guard dogs. They can make absolutely wonderful family pets. They usually get along well with cats, particularly if they grow up with them. Catahoulas have a strong prey drive. This means that they don’t always play nice with other dogs. They can also be reactive, so be cautious when youngsters are being loud or rough. With that said, supervise all interactions between Catahoulas and tiny humans. Also, don’t let your canine friend run around without a leash.
These lovable pups are very active, so they need lots of exercise. Catahoulas can get destructive if they feel restless or bored. That is why daily walks and play sessions are important!
Like most pets, Catahoulas need to see a vet regularly. They are prone to a few specific problems. Deafness is common in Catahoulas, as well as hip dysplasia. Ask your vet for specific advice.
The Catahoula is very smart and loyal, but they must be trained. Training should start as soon as they get home. Be firm and consistent, and use positive reinforcement.
Catahoulas come in a range of different colors and patterns. They are low maintenance and easy to groom. They only need to be brushed once a week, and bathed a few times a year. You’ll also need to keep Fido’s ears clean, look after his nails, and dental care.
For more information about Catahoulas. Contact your local veterinary clinic!