The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is believed to have originated from Nordic Wolfhound.
The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is believed to have originated from Nordic Wolfhound being introduced some three to five hundred years before the Spanish arrived, however, no one will really know for sure. The state of Louisiana is cited as the point of origin, particularly the area of Catahoula. In 1979, the breed was designated the state dog of Louisiana.
The Catahoula was named after a Parish in northeastern Louisiana and after the mottled spots on its coat. This breed was used to round up feral pigs and cattle-livestock that had escaped, and was living in woods and swamps. It involved team effort that is highly coordinated and organized, fast paced, and a marvel to watch. The ideal dog team usually numbers three, and they must work together.
Hunters sometimes used the Catahoula to trail and tree raccoons. This dog is used particularly on the difficult task of driving and rounding hogs and unruly cattle. Colors come in blue merle, red merle, red and tan and black and tan.