Catahoula Bulldog

Canis familiaris

Last updated: September 30, 2022
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Catahoula bulldogs are a medium to large-sized breed and weighs between 75 to 100 pounds!

Catahoula Bulldog Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis familiaris

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Catahoula Bulldog Conservation Status

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Catahoula Bulldog Facts

Name Of Young
Group Behavior
  • Social
Fun Fact
Catahoula bulldogs are a medium to large-sized breed and weighs between 75 to 100 pounds!
Gestation Period
58 to 68 days
Litter Size
3 to 5 puppies
  • Diurnal
Common Name
Catahoula bulldog
Catahoula Lake

Catahoula Bulldog Physical Characteristics

  • Black
  • Multi-colored
Skin Type
10 to 14 years
24 to 26 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
7 to 9 months
Age of Weaning
3 to 6 weeks

Catahoula Bulldog as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Tendency to Chew
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Separation Anxiety
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Friendly With Other Dogs
Pure bred cost to own
$400 to $700
Dog group
Male weight
75-100 lbs
Female weight
75-100 lbs

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The Catahoula bulldog is a hybrid breed whose parents are the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog and the American bulldog.

Catahoula is a word from the Indian language that means “clear water” because the breed originated near Catahoula lake.

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This breed has excellent personalities because of their loving and loyal natures. They are great with families but need training from an early age.

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Four Different Types of Catahoula Leopard dog and American Bulldog Mixes

While there are no Catahoula bulldog mixes as they are a hybrid breed, their parents have been crossbred with many different breeds, which include:

Labahoula (Labrador and Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix)

The Labohoula is a cross between a Catahoula leopard dog and a labrador. Because both breeds are incredibly loyal, this mix will protect your family with their lives.

The labahoula are also very social dogs and will get along well with other animals in the home. In addition, they are obedient and intelligent, which makes them really easy to train.

German Shepahoula (German Shepard and Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix)

The German Shepahoula is a cross between a Catahoula leopard dog and German Shepard. This is an excellent mix as they are very affectionate and intelligent. Both breeds are social animals, and they are great with children. In addition, they are great with other pets and easily trained.

Health and Entertainment for your Catahoula Bulldog

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American Bullsky ( American Bulldog and Husky Mix)

The American Bullsky is a crossbreed between a Siberian Husky and an American bulldog. They inherit their long fur from their husky parent and are prone to shedding.

This breed is perfect for fitness buffs who like to exercise because of their energy level. They need more than 2 hours of exercise per day!

Unfortunately, American Bullsky’s aren’t easy to train. They are stubborn creatures, so obedience is not high on their list of priorities. However, American Bullskys do respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.

Ammerican Bullstiff (American Bulldog and Bull Mastiff  Mix)

The Ammerican Bullstiff is a cross between a bull mastiff and American Bulldog. While they have their moments, this breed is not particularly energetic and, if left alone, can become quite lazy. The Ammerican bullstiff should receive at least 45 minutes of exercise per day.

Another name for this hybrid breed is the American bandogge mastiff. Unfortunately, they may develop genetic health issues from their parents, like hip dysplasia and obesity.

Three Pros and Cons of Owning a Catahoula Bulldog 

While this breed is a great family dog and loyal to the core, it still has pros and cons that any dog lover should be aware of before buying one.


  • Great with children if socialized from an early age
  • The perfect guard dog
  • Does not shed a lot


  • Hard to train
  • Prone to health issues like hip dysplasia, dry nose, and allergies
  • Don’t do well in apartments and can become destructive

The Best Dog Food for a Catahoula Bulldog 

The best food to feed Catahoula bulldogs would be a medium to large breed kibble. In addition, they should be provided suitable food for the various stages of their life, like puppy, adult, and senior dog food.

If there is any doubt about what food to purchase for your dog, you can always pop down to your local veterinarian, who will know exactly what food will work for your furry friend.

Catahoula Bulldog  Size and Weight

Catahoula bulldogs are a medium to large-sized breed; however, because they can take after either of their parents, their size can differ significantly. Therefore, on average, they weigh between 75 to 100 pounds and can grow 24 to 26 inches tall.

Catahoula Bulldog Common Health Issues

The Catahoula bulldog is considered a healthy breed, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any health issues. Unfortunately, they inherit a susceptibility to certain health problems from their parents, which include issues like:

Catahoula Bulldog Temperament

The Catahoula bulldog is highly energetic and exceptionally loyal. However, they are high-maintenance dogs that need a lot of exercise. Unfortunately, they don’t do well in apartments because of their destructive nature and high energy drive. In addition, they get bored quickly, which results in acting out and causing chaos.

Because of their powerful personalities, they need training from a young age to show them whose boss is and put them in their place. Luckily, they are incredibly loyal animals and will protect the family at all costs.

How to Take Care of a Catahoula Bulldog 

It’s imperative to take good care of your Catahoula bulldog if you want them to have a long and healthy life.


These dogs are not hypoallergenic, and extra caution should be taken when around them if you are allergic to dogs. However, thanks to their Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog parent, they do not shed that much. Much like humans, shedding only occurs during stressful situations and a change in weather.

The Catahoula bulldog is not for you if you don’t like drool. Catahoula bulldogs need brushing every week; otherwise, they start to tangle and mat.

In addition, their foot pads are prone to cuts, so they must be checked frequently. They also have fast-growing nails that need trimming every 3 to 6 weeks.

Their teeth need brushing once a week, but if you take them to a professional groomer, the Catahoula bulldog only needs to go once a year for teeth cleaning.


When it comes to training, the Catahoula bulldog gets a 3 out of 5. While they are intelligent and eager to please, they need someone firm in charge that will act as the pack leader and exhibit consistency; otherwise, they believe they are in charge, which could lead to many behavioral issues.

These dogs are a large and powerful breed, and they can be dangerous to someone who has never had a dog before, especially when walking on a lead. That’s why Catahoula bulldogs are not recommended for first-time dog owners.


The Catahoula bulldog is very active and needs intense play and exercise daily to remain content and stimulated. Therefore, they need at least two long and brisk walks every day. However, they need other methods of exercise as well to keep them stimulated, which can include:

  • Swimming
  • Chasing
  • Running
  • Interactive toy play

In addition, they don’t do well on small properties. This breed needs a large urban or rural home with access to open fields or a big yard. While some people have successfully kept them in apartments, it is not recommended because of their size and energy levels.


The Catahoula bulldog can set you back a whopping $4oo to $700 depending on the breeder and demand. However, they are a very popular breed amongst farmers and hunters, which means the price will fluctuate if there is little availability.

While adoption from a shelter would cost less, it would be near impossible to find one because this is so rare and expensive that it’s unlikely that owners would give them up. But miracles do happen, so if you want to give it a shot, call around to your local rescues and ask to be put on a list, and if one comes in, they will call you.

Catahoula Bulldog and Children

The Catahoula bulldog is excellent with children because of their loyal nature. Their guardian instincts will naturally kick in, quickly becoming your children’s protectors. However, they are very powerful dogs, so they need to be trained and socialized from a young age. In addition, your children need to be taught to act appropriately around dogs to ensure they will not engage in bad behavior, like pulling their ears or tails.

They also get along well with other pets, but sometimes, their hunting instincts can kick in, so if you plan on having various pets, it’s best to get a couple of strong-willed cats first, so they can show the Catahoula bulldog whose boss from the beginning.

Dogs similar to the Catahoula Bulldog 

There are several breeds that are similar to the Catahoula bulldog in size and temperament; they include:

There are tons of interesting names for the Catahoula bulldog; some of them include:

  • Riley
  • Gertrude
  • Frankie
  • Lenna
  • Rain
  • Bernadette
  • Mae
  • Nellie

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Catahoula Bulldog FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What two breeds make a Catahoula bulldog?

The Catahoula bulldog is a hybrid breed whose parents are the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog and the American bulldog.

How long do Catahoula Bulldogs live?

This breed can live for 10 to 14 years.

Are Catahoulas good family dogs?

The Catahoula bulldog is excellent with children because of their loyal nature. Their guardian instincts will naturally kick in, quickly becoming your children’s protectors. However, they are very powerful dogs, so they need to be trained and socialized from a young age

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