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I never even knew this was a breed. I was looking trough the AKC’s list of breeds when I came across them. Their colouring is really interesting, and they seem almost like an all-purpose dog based on their description. Has anyone ever met or had one before? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on them.
 

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They are pretty common around here, and can be HARD dogs. A lot of people use them for hog hunting. That right there tells you quite a bit about the breed.... strong willed, intelligent, and not afraid to take a couple of knocks.

For more information, there are the following organizations:
National Association of Louisiana Catahoula, Inc. http://www.nalc-inc.org/
The Catahoula Breeders, Owners, and Research Association http://www.cobradog.com/
Catahoula Dog Club http://catahouladogclub.com/
 

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We don't have to worry about hogs up here, so that may be why I've never heard of them before. I'm not sure if I'd put them on my "possible next dog" list quite yet. I have experience with rotties, pit bulls, hounds and various other hunting breeds, but I'm not sure if that would be adequate experience for these dogs? Also, I have no idea if my living situation would entirely be right for them. I live in a small town in a suburban neighbourhood, but we're less than 2 minutes from miles of nothing but country, which is why hunting dogs are so popular around here. For my next dog I'm mainly looking for a companion that also wouldn't mind doing dog sports and going for hikes, and is reserved with strangers but not "aggressive".
 

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They are GREAT dogs Loyal, hard working, goofy, active, playful. Yes, goofy! We adopted Allison shortly after I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. She was about 2 years old. When I had our daughter. I let Allison sniff her. She nuzzled her and I told her no. She never bothered our daughter. She was great with both my kids. The goofiest personality. Loved her walks, but hated the leash. She would nip at the heals of the kids, it took a couple of weeks, but she finally stopped. She did communicate with us. Either by barking, nudge or a look. She was smart. She knew we were going camping when we started packing up the truck. She waited patiently in the backseat until we finished packing it up. I could tell her which car to get into by saying mommy or daddies car. Yep....she understood it. LOL. I miss her! She really liked hide and seek!
They are strong willed. I remember having to lead her around with a leash for a couple of weeks when we first brought her home. She wanted to do what she wanted and paid no one else any attention. The leash trick worked. She was easy to train. Except for the leash on walks. Thankfully we live on a ditch and we just trained her to stay near and obey every command. They are a working dog and need a job. They are a pack dog. They cant be left to their own devices too long. Especially as a puppy. They need to be with their pack. Not left in a backyard or kennel. If they have another dog or a dog walker during the day may be ok.
 

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I've met a couple well bred houlas, and some rescue/mixes. The well bred dogs are serious dogs, as LeoRose said. They can be dog aggressive, protective, and strong willed. Like in any breed there's variation and some are soft and sweet while others are more serious and challenging. Very intelligent and good at problem solving, but not quite as biddable as a border collie or something. The mixes and rescues I've met have all been on the softer and sweeter side
 

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Elrohwen I immediately thought of your reply when I asked about houlas years ago, and I didn't respond here hoping you would. Maybe you got my brainwaves :D
Also, haven't heard from you in ages and I hope Watson and Hazel are well!
 

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Elrohwen I immediately thought of your reply when I asked about houlas years ago, and I didn't respond here hoping you would. Maybe you got my brainwaves :D
Also, haven't heard from you in ages and I hope Watson and Hazel are well!
Hey! I still lurk around but mostly I do my dog chatting on Facebook now :) My guys are doing well! Hazel is in for her OFA xrays today (only a year late ... haha)
 
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