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Willow is a Catahoula Leopard Dog and Bluetick Coonhound from Delaware, Ohio and a graduate of the Homestead Dogs Puppy Training and Socialization Camp. Way to Go, Willow!

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Only from the land of Gumbo.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog has many names, Catahoula Hound, Catahoula Hog Dog, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and Catahoula Cur. There’s just as many theories as to its origins.

One consistency is Catahoula, which is a lake in northern Louisiana (although some believe it could have been a translation error derived from the Choctaw tribe of the region). The other consistency is the Native American’s wolf-like canine. One thought is the Spanish crossed their Bloodhounds, Mastiffs and Greyhounds with this wolf-like dog. When the French arrived with their hounds, they were cross-bred again leading to the Catahoula.

Another theory has the American Indians doing the cross-breeding with the newly arrived Greyhounds and Molossers. Yet another had the French mix the Native American’s canine with their Beauceron breed.

No matter how you slice it, the Catahoula Leopard dog is a Louisiana original and remains so to this day, becoming the official state dog in 1979.

Similar to a few other working dogs, the Catahoula is not recognized by the AKC but is by the United Kennel Club. Like those other workers, some felt the AKC’s focus on breed physical appearance could potentially diminish it’s working skills.

Trainability: C+
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is extremely intelligent with an amazing work ethic. While not the most cuddly dog, they love their people and will be fiercely loyal to a gentle, firm-handed owner. However, this dog MUST have a job, or jobs, to do and have plenty of running room. A first-time dog owner who prefers to simply relax after work in their small apartment in a densely packed city is a recipe for disaster.

Read more about the Catahoula Leopard Dog at the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.

Bluetick Coonhound

Follow Your Nose
This dog was born to hunt with an amazing sense of smell…for better or worse. Whether latching on to a week-old raccoon trail or the Ritz cracker buried under your couch cushion, they will relentlessly pursue its target. Like many coonhound breeds, Blueticks were Made in the USA.

Bluetick Coonhounds trace their lineage to the French Staghound, brought to America in the early 1700’s. Tennessee settlers refined the breed for greater endurance and more acute smelling. The Bluetick was later adopted as the University of Tennessee’s sports mascot.

As the name implies, Bluetick’s were commonly used for hunting raccoons. Hunters would also form Bluetick packs for bears, cougars, boar and other larger prey.

Bluetick Coonhounds are affectionate and highly devoted to its pack members. A well-trained Bluetick is a loyal companion and great with children.

Trainability Grade: C+

The floppy-eared Bluetick Coonhound is affectionate, loyal, very intellegent and cute as beans. They become very focused and single-minded when that nose picks up a scent, though, which can make training a little challenging. Even veteran dog owners experience difficulties with this breed. Housebreaking can also be difficult which is common for hunting breeds.

Blueticks were bred for long-distance hunting so regular, strenuous exercise is needed. Without it, some Blueticks may start to exhibit undesireable traits or even communicate their feelings…very loudly…at inconvenient times.

Blueticks may not do well with other smaller house pets such as cats and rabbits. And secure the gerbils, Blueticks are crafty problem-solvers.

Read more about the Bluetick Coonhound at the Amercian Kennel Club.

Some of the information used for the dog breed descriptions was gathered from the American Kennel Club at www.akc.org.

Willow

Catahoula Leopard Dog | Bluetick Coonhound

Homestead Dogs University Camp Graduate
Date of Birth November 9, 2020
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