The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the official state dog of Louisiana. It is an old breed; said to be partly descended from dogs that came with Hernando de Soto.
It's commonly referred to as the Catahoula hound or Catahoula cur. This breed is highly intelligent and energetic. While Catahoulas are assertive, they are not aggressive by nature. They have a need to take charge of their pack, whether it consists of other dogs or humans. Catahoulas in general are very even tempered; but tend to be dominant if allowed to be. They require firmness,
Catahoulas are very serious about their job when they are working dogs. Specifically, they can make good boar hunters; but are also especially good at herding cattle or pigs. They make a good family dog but require extensive daily interaction with their owner. Specifically, longer runs or walks is a nearly daily requirement.
When a Catahoula is raised with children, the dog assumes the responsibility to look after and protect those children. Many owners will say that the Catahoula owns them and they can be insistent when it comes to meal times, play time, or do other activities. Catahoulas are protective and a natural alarm dog. They will alert one to anything out of the ordinary.
With a Catahoula you cannot forget that you have a high energy, personable dog. This is not one for apartment living, but one that needs to run and be all the dog he or she can be.