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American Leopard Hound


Also known as the "Catahoula Cur", American Leopard Hounds are striking dogs that will keep you on their toes with their intelligence and energy. Leopard hounds are not overly aggressive, but they are certainly confident. They were originally bred to hunt, and they still have the focus and seriousness about their jobs that made them so capable in those roles. Their talents also translate well into the home, as Catahoulas tend to be protective and affectionate of their families. They can be single-minded and stubborn, and make it very clear what they want everyone to be doing. The American Leopard Hound is a social breed, so do not purchase one if you intend to keep them isolated for long periods of time. The confident, capable Catahoula is not right for everybody. But for those that prefer an accomplished, strong-willed companion, the American Leopard Hound is not just a good choice - it's perfect.

Adult Size

  • Large
  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard
  • Needs a Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Can Be Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Foundation Stock Service Program
  • Hound Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Smooth Coat


  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Gray
  • Red


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 21-23″
  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 36-40lbs
  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs
  • 66-70lbs
  • 71-75lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?





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