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What is a Catahoula Leopard Dog, and why is it the state dog?

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A Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American dog breed that people think descended from a mix of native American dogs, bloodhounds, Spanish Mastiffs and Greyhounds in northern Louisiana. Since there's a parish and a lake up there named Catahoula (a Choctaw word for "sacred lake"), it makes sense that the dog would have Catahoula in its name and that it also was named the state dog in 1979. As for the leopard part of its name, that comes from the fact that Catahoulas have lots of coat colors and patterns, including leopard spots. Other names for the breed are Catahoula Curs, Catahoula Hounds and "hog dogs," because they used to be used to track and drive wild hogs. (Officially, they are herding dogs.) Catahoulas are also known for having eyes that look like "cracked glass" and prominent webbing between their toes, which makes them good swimmers and handy in the swamp.


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