Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American dog breed named after Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States.
Also known as the Catahoula Leopard Dog, Louisiana Catahoula, or Catahoula Cur, it became the state dog of Louisiana in 1979.
There's almost no information on how this incredible dog breed appeared. Experts are still debating.
Some believe it was bred when the dogs of native Indians were crossed with red wolves and dogs that were brought to the new world by Spaniards. Others deny the presence of wolf's blood in the genes.
Still others are sure the Catahoula Leopard dog is a cross between a wolf and a French Shepherd dog.
Originally this dog was bred for hunting fur bearing animals and large animals such as elks, boars and bears. Today, they are often used to shepherd dogs.
It's interesting that outside the US this breed is almost impossible to find. There are some breeding nurseries just in a couple of European countries.