Traditionally are pack hounds and need an owner that will be dominant to prevent behavioral issues. Excellent hunters, they thrive when receiving plenty of exercise.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has been developed in and is named after the region of Catahoula Lake in Louisiana. The breed is thought to be derived from crosses between native Indian dogs and dogs brought to the United States by Spanish explorers. The breed has been used extensively to control wild hogs and cows by holding the animals in a kind of "canine fence". The breed is still used for this task to this day, although they have also been used for hunting and herding. The working instinct is key to this breed which is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.