Where Are Catahoula Leopard Dogs From?
There are many different theories about how the Catahoula dog came to be. One of the most common is that Spanish settlers on their way to the Golf Coast brought Mastiff war dogs along with them. They then traded these dogs for food and supplies with the Native Americans that lived in the area now known as Louisiana. These Mastiffs were then bred with red wolves, creating a hound-like dog that had webbed feet.
In the 1600s, French settlers traveled to this part of the United States and started breeding a wolf-like dog with the French Beauceron, which begat the Catahoula Leopard Dog. They were bred to herd feral pigs and cattle that had escaped from the farmers’ herds into the woods. Cats are now used to herd cattle, pigs, and sheep.