Fun American Leopard Hound Facts For Kids

Joan Agie
Feb 07, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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American leopard hound facts about an American hunting dog.
Age: 3-18
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The American Leopard Hound is one of the oldest and native breed dogs of America. Their exact origins are undermined however, it is said to be a purebred dog whose ancestors came from Mexican dogs and Spanish conquistadors and arrived by boat in North America.

During the beginning of the 20th century, their population began to decrease but soon the breed began to be promoted by people and establishments and was recognized as an all-purpose tree dog.

They are easy to train and eager to please their masters and learn to follow commands quickly just because of their desire to please their owners. They have the ability to spot prey for miles.

These dogs are strong and built for fight and protection.

They have the ability to duck and dodge in case they encounter any instance which might lead to injury. Their size is usually from medium to large dogs.

American Leopard Hound is considered a species similar to the Catahoula dog. When thinking about the American Leopard Hound vs Catahoula leopard dog, the prior is considered in the wagon hound category while the latter is considered under the treeing hound category.

In this article, we will take a quick look at some fun and interesting facts and information about the loving and affectionate American Leopard Hound. If you like this article, visit Brazilian Terrier and German Shepherd Wolf mix facts.

American Leopard Hound Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an American Leopard Hound?

The American Leopard Hound is a type of dog species in the animal kingdom and is the best pet to experienced pet owners.

What class of animal does an American Leopard Hound belong to?

The American Leopard Hound is a mammal and has been recorded in the foundation stock service since 19 September 2012.  

How many American Leopard Hounds are there in the world?

The exact population of American Leopard is not evaluated. They are affectionate towards familiar faces and children. They tend to get protective as well.

Where does an American Leopard Hound live?

American Leopard Hound lives ideally on a farm, a house, or in the mountain. They adapt best along with canine species. They constantly crave activity and exercise hence they require enough space to move around and be active.

What is an American Leopard Hound's habitat?

Keeping these pets in an apartment is not an ideal situation since they are active dogs and should not be limited by space hence they can be kept as pets in bigger homes with ample space for movement and activity. American Leopard Hound also needs proper dietary requirements like access to high-quality water to drink and healthy food intake.

Who do American Leopard Hounds live with?

American Leopard Hound is a dog breed that lives with their own, in packs, with people they are friendly to familiar faces but take time to adapt to strangers. They are affectionate towards familiar faces and children. They tend to get protective as well.  

How long does an American Leopard Hound live?

The American Leopard Hound's average life expectancy is from 10 to around 12-15 years in age depending on their environment, exercise patterns, and diet. American Leopard Hounds love outdoor activities and sports and prefer places where they can in energy throughout the day.

How do they reproduce?

The American Leopard Hound dog species are purebred and hence the male and female come together once a year to mate. They give birth once a year and litter five to eight puppies.

What is their conservation status?

The American Leopard Hound dog breed is considered as a Not Evaluated species by the International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN).

American Leopard Hound Fun Facts

What do American Leopard Hounds look like?

Its double coat only needs to be brushed occasionally and washed. The American leopard hound has a dense double coat that will shed seasonally since the outer coat is rough and the undercoat is comparatively softer woolly.

The feet of this dog are much tougher than those of most other breeds of dogs and they don't get sore as quickly as others. Their tail may vary differ in length. Their eyes are set apart and are a shade of yellow to brown or blue in color.

American Leopard Hound

How cute are they?

American Leopard Hounds are cute dogs and have a medium size stature, playful nature, and are sporty. They can also have some temperament issues, however, if trained they can be friendly dogs. They are quick learners and have an average potential for mouthiness hence so give them adequate toys to play with the channelize their energy level.

How do they communicate?

This breed of American Leopard Hounds usually barks to communicate, however, with good training they learn to follow commands from their owners and other family members too. They also make use of other means to communicate their needs to their owners hence it's important to be attentive towards them.

They are expressive and excellent at detecting emotions. If you are not familiar with training a dog breed to understand commands, you could consult a professional or check information online.

How big is an American Leopard Hound?

American leopard hounds are 21-27 in tall which is 20 times bigger than the smallest breed of dogs, the Chihuahua, which is six to nine inches tall or even smaller in size.

How fast can an American Leopard Hound run?

They run up to speeds of 45 mph since they are active and sporty in nature. They don't prefer to sit still for long hence activity is something they eagerly look forward to.

The American Leopard Hounds are considered to be one of the fastest dog breeds in the world. Since they are active beings they have the potential to wander off if not monitored as pets hence care needs to be taken to ensure they get a good enough amount of activity and food throughout the day.

How much does an American Leopard Hound weigh?

On average the dog weighs 35-75 lb. The mature male of the species weighs somewhere between 45-75 lb and the female of the species weighs 35-65 lb.

What are their male and female names of the species?

The male and female of the species are not named differently and follow normal naming conventions for dogs. However, to differentiate between the two American Leopard Hounds genders, you can consult a veterinarian to identify the basic reproductive functions.

What would you call a baby American Leopard Hound?

American Leopard Hound puppies are small and bred by breeders. The puppy can be referred to as a pup or assigned names if adopted as a pet dog and is sure to respond to the name from then on. Post-birth the first few weeks are crucial for the breed mountain cur's to develop and be trained if adopted.

What do they eat?

This leopard dog needs a balanced diet including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in appropriate quantities to maintain a healthy body weight. Protein sources consist of meats including chicken, egg, beef and lamb, and lentils.

Fats including Omega 3 in proportions 10-15% and carbohydrates food sources of two meals served in three portions. Their diet needs to be consistent in nature in the sense if they are fed at different times of the day they tend to get confused about their feeding time.

Are they slobbery?

These dogs are not prone to drooling. Hence they are moderately slobbery in nature which is pretty much negligible as most dogs will be a little slobbery. Just ensure that the leopard dog is bathed only when it's extremely necessary else cleaning them with a damp cloth will suffice.  

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, this species of American Leopard Hounds is an excellent family dog and socializes with all people without much effort. They should be trained adequately and have enough space to move around.

They can't eat foods like avocado, grapes, raisins, chocolates, onions, garlic, and tea. So these types of things should strictly be avoided as they can cause digestive problems and the dog might convey this by not wanting to eat.

Keeping them in an apartment is not a good idea since they need space to move around and have a high activity level. They are the best pet to experienced pet owners.

Some games that these dogs enjoy playing with their owners include hide and seek, fetch as well as other indoor and outdoor activities. Putting a leash or collar around their neck is a good idea to prevent these active dogs from wandering off.

This will help in the identification of the leopard dog as well. If you are looking for a loving and affectionate pet, this eager-to-please tree dog could be just what you're looking for.

Did you know...

Other names for the breed include the American leopard cur as well as the leopard cur dog. The American leopard was known as the American leopard cur and this was changed by the breed club members in the year 1960.

The word 'cur' refers to an unknown breed but it's used as a treeing dog. They are an all-American pioneer purebred dog native to the southern mountains.

The American Leopard Hound has been assigned the hound group designation. According to the American Kennel Club, it belonged to the foundation stock service group.

Mating two merle-colored American Leopard Hounds carries the risk to the offspring having a higher risk of being deaf, blind as well as developing a hearing impairment. Hence before adopting make sure you check their genes through genetic testing.

Characteristics and health problems

Health concerns include dental problems, hip dysplasia, hearing problems, and sight problems. They are tolerant of all climate conditions both hot and cold temperament.

They are intelligent and independent beings but do not like being left alone for long hours.

They are brave and fearless in nature and become aggressive when they are active so you should be careful to avoid any form of injury. Some of the dog species are prone to gaining more weight than others hence monitoring their calorie intake would be a good idea to keep them healthy and in shape.

Getting your own American Leopard Hound

They cost approximately $600 and their medical expenses will come to about $485 in a year. If you are considering buying this dog then please ensure that you adopt and do not buy them as in this way you can enquire from a breeder about their history, their dietary requirements, and about other aspects of their care.

Existing rescue groups in your region would be accessible if you visit any online websites.

Grooming requirements including bathing, brushing, clipping of nails, brushing their teeth, and regular examination of their ears, skin, paws, and other parts of the body from time to time are essential to ensure they do not develop any health complications in the future. Grooming activities also become a wonderful time to form a bonding with these dogs.

They are not prepared to be groomed from the beginning and can be trained for this.

Using treats is a good way to get them interested in following commands and learning new things.

If you are a first-time owner please ensure you are prepared to take care of this breed since they do best with experienced owners. Also, ensure that your dogs are vaccinated depending on the dog's probability to be exposed to possible risks.

One essential vaccine is the rabies vaccine. They have the capacity to grow up to become large dogs hence you need to ensure that you have adequate space for them to reside in.

They are wonderful companions for all familiar as well as strangers and adapt to all climate conditions.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including Bavarian mountain hound, or Dogo Argentino.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our American Leopard Hound coloring pages.

American Leopard Hound Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Meat, fish, egg

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?

5-8 puppies

How Much Did They Weigh?

35-75 lb (16-32 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

pet stores or rescue groups

Where Do They Live?

north america, north carolina

How Long Were They?


How Tall Were They?

21- 27 in







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Merle, brindle, black, red, blue, and tan

Skin Type

Short hair

What Are Their Main Threats?


What is their Conservation Status?

Not Evaluated

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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