Can't decide between adopting a Catahoula Leopard Dog or a Border Collie as your next dog? Why not get both! Meet the Catahoula Border Collie Mix!
Catahoula Leopard Dog Facts
Catahoula Leopard Dogs are incredible dogs that are known for their loyal, independent, and watchful personality. The Catahoula Leopard Dog originated around the Catahoula Lake in North Central Louisiana. At the time of their domestication, there were many hogs occupying the area that were thought to be a nuisance, so Catahoula's were bred and raised to hunt them.
Well-muscled and powerful, Catahoula's are serious while working, but playful and loving at home. They are used as stock dogs, bay dogs, tree dogs, watchdogs, guard dogs, and of course as loyal companions.
Border Collie Facts
Affection, smart, and energetic... Meet the Border Collie! Border Collies were bred to control sheep along the border of Scotland and England. Unlimited amounts of energy and intense drive make the Border Collie a great herding dog - something that's important to keep in mind when looking to adopt one!
Border Collies require a lot of time, energy, and attention from their handlers, making them a great dog for some but not all. If you can keep up with the Border Collie's daily exercise and mental stimulation needs, they'll happily cuddle up with you at the end of the day!
Catahoula Border Collie Mix Coat Colors
The Catahoula Border Collie Mix's coat is a beautiful mix of it's parents, resulting in a wide variety of different coat patterns and colors.
Border Collie's coat colors include black and white, red and white, blue merle, red merle, blue and white, lilac merle, and slate merle to name a few.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has a unique "leopard" or "spotted-up" coat. Though this pattern is common, not all Catahoula's have this coat color - some may have tan, red, or chocolate brown coats.
With so many variation of coat colors that each parent breed can posses, the coat varieties for the Catahoula Border Collie Mix are truly endless!
Catahoula Border Collie Mix Personality
This mixes two parent breeds give this mix a sweet and friendly personality! They are very friendly and welcoming around new people, but will also protect their family when needed, making them a great companion.
Because of their fierce intelligence and extensive exercise needs, Catahoula Border Collie Mixes can get bored pretty quickly. It's important to give them a lot of exercise throughout the day, as well as provide them with various games to stimulate their brains. You can find a list of great brain games to tire out your Catahoula Border Collie here.
Catahoula Border Collie Mix Size
Catahoula Border Collie Mixes can grow to be anywhere from 19 to 24 inches tall. In terms of weight, they usually range between 30 and 80 pounds.
But because this is a fairly new breed, there are few standards when it comes to size. The typical Catahoula Border Collie Mix will be a medium size, though this may vary.
Catahoula Border Collie Mix Health
Just like any other breed, this health of this mix greatly depends on the parent's and responsible breeding. If you're looking to adopt a Catahoula Border Collie mix, be sure to do your research and find a reputable breeder that health screens the parents for any potential health concerns.
Border Collies may be prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism. Catahoula Leopard Dogs may be prone to hip dysplasia, deafness, and eye problems. Any one of these issues may arise in the Catahoula Border Collie Mix.