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Catahoula Bulldogs

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A Catahoula Bulldog is a hybrid breed created by crossing two specific breeds: The Catahoula Leopard Dog and the American Bulldog. These dogs originated over 100 years ago to be used as a working dog. The hybrid may be 50% Catahoula Leopard Dog and 50% American Bulldog in a first generation cross, with succeeding crosses of up to 75%-25% in either direction. In 1968 Mr. Stodghill of the Animal Research Foundation began registration of Catahoula Bulldogs, officially coining the name and expectations of the hybrid.

The Catahoula Bulldog is a medium to large sized dog that is an athletic, non-bulky, free breathing and versatile working dog. They are protective, loyal companions and working partners with a high eagerness to please. They are an animated and personable dog, often times quite vocal. The Catahoula Bulldog possesses intelligence, endurance and drive as would be expected in a cross of these two high quality breeds.

They should generate the impression of strength, agility and endurance while exhibiting a well-knit, sturdy, compact frame with the absence of excessive bulk. Males are typically larger, more masculine appearing than females. They have a short smooth coat that comes in a wide variety of colors ranging from solid, leopard, patchwork, brindle, or any combination of these. Eyes may be any color or combination of colors in one or both eyes. Tails can be long, docked, or naturally bobbed in any length and weight should be proportionate to the body type and size, giving the dog a smooth and balanced appearance.

THE NCBR does not discriminate in the “type” of American Bulldog used in the cross (Standard vs Classic) – the use of either “type” is acceptable with no preference so long as the resulting Catahoula Bulldog meets the breed standard for length of muzzle and absence of excessive bulk. This is a traditionally working breed, therefore their athletic ability, free breathing, and functional conformation is imperative as it enables them to better withstand fatigue, and thrive during physical activity.

Catahoula Bulldogs are not suitable for every home. They do require a high level of mental and physical stimulation, the lack of this can lead to undesirable behaviors. Their intelligence and independence sometimes leads them to be challenging to train, and they thrive with a situation where their owner holds a strong pack-leader role. As a traditionally working dog, they are happiest with a “job” but do thrive in non-traditional homes that are well educated and active. The loyalty and life long bond that a Catahoula Bulldog offers is second to none.


These are the Bulldogs and Mastiffs we breed and sell.

The pictures on each page are for identification purposes and OldBulldogs.com does not own every animal pictured. These pages are informational and intended to describe the standards of each breed.


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