Fun Catahoula Bulldog Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Jan 13, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
Fact-checked by Sonali Rawat
Interesting Catahoula Bulldog facts are great for dog lovers
Age: 3-18
Read time: 11.0 Min

The Catahoula Bulldog is a popular dog of a mixed breed bred by crossing the American Bulldog dog and the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

The temperament of a Catahoula Bulldog puppy depends on the parent breeds, which are crossed and can be determined by looking them up.

It is known to be quite protective, active, loving, energetic, and loyal, which are the top qualities that they inherited from their parents. Catahoula Bulldogs possess tight skin, which is quite smooth, and short fur which comes in various colors like white, black, brown, and even combinations like black and white.

When it comes to the Catahoula Bulldog temperament, the Catahoula Bulldog, like the Catahoula leopard dog, and the American bulldog, tends to have a laid-back attitude, but when the need arises, they are always alert.

They are exceptionally intelligent, making them easy to train. Like their lovable parent breeds, which include the Catahoula leopard dog, American bulldog, this Catahoula Bulldog mix is a loving dog breed that is family-friendly.

Like the Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog and the American bulldog, this bulldog mix is quite eager to please its master and should be trained early on so that they know what is expected of them.

They are also safe to keep around children.

The Catahoula Bulldog use their ears to express themselves and can make great watchdogs or guard dogs.

In the countryside, they are used as accomplices while hunting for the game because this breed is known to have a record of being a very popular dog in the southern USA, mainly because of its great hunting instincts, which come in handy while catching bears and also to herd cattle.

There are many other engaging traits of the Catahoula Bulldog that will be of interest to many dog lovers, Catahoula Bulldog breeders, and even pet lovers seeking to add this bulldog breed to their family.

Here is a list of some great Catahoula American bulldog facts, including facts about the Catahoula Bulldog puppy, Catahoula leopard dog, American bulldog, and the like, that might come in handy, especially if you are a new pet parent of a Catahoula Bulldog puppy.

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Catahoula Bulldog Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Catahoula Bulldog?

The Catahoula Bulldog is a mixed breed dog whose parent breeds are Catahoula leopard dogs and American bulldogs.

What class of animal does a Catahoula Bulldog belong to?

It belongs to the class of mammals, just like most other dog breeds in the world that give birth and produce milk the same way. Other species of Bulldog mixes are American Bulldog Pitbull mix and Boxer Bulldog mix.

How many Catahoula Bulldogs are there in the world?

The exact number of Catahoula Bulldogs is not known, but because of their popularity in the U.S, there is no risk of them being endangered or going extinct anytime in the near future.

Where does a Catahoula Bulldog live?

The Catahoula Bulldog usually are domesticated and can be found living in urban households, shelters, rescue centers, and breeding centers. It is a sensitive dog breed, especially when it comes to environmental factors. From their birth, the Catahoula Bulldog puppies are required to be kept in a cool and calm environment for the betterment of their health.

What is a Catahoula Bulldog's habitat?

The Catahoula Bulldog prefers to live in a temperate climate. Therefore a cool household with a warm and loving family, Catahoula Bulldog puppies and adults will thrive happily.

Who do Catahoula Bulldogs live with?

Catahoula Bulldogs usually live with their human owners, whom they love to please. Other than them, they also get along well with other dogs and cats when Catahoula Bulldog puppies are raised with them till adulthood.

However, adult Catahoula Bulldogs will require a period of adjustment before welcoming the company of another pet in the family. Choose a dog of the opposite sex if you want the best relationship between them.

How long does a Catahoula Bulldog live?

As per the US breed survey and the Animal research foundation, the lifespan of the Catahoula Bulldog ranges between 10-14 years on average and even extends two more years than expected.

How do they reproduce?

Like all other canine breeds, Catahoula American bulldogs reproduce and give birth the same way.

At first, the dog goes through their estrous cycle, which happens when they reach puberty. Each cycle is known to consist of quite a few stages, and the estrus stage is when the female Catahoula Bulldog may become pregnant.

Every breed of dog that goes through the estrus stage at a certain age is said to be in season or in heat when they crave to mate, thereby undergoing certain behavioral changes.

In the estrous stage, the estrogen levels can get high, which will go on to mature eggs that are released from both of their ovaries. Owners should take care of the female Catahoula Bulldog during the proestrus and estrus stages because they may secrete a clear, bloody, or blood-tinged discharge.

Catahoula Bulldog usually stays pregnant for approximately two months and gives birth to a litter of 5-10 puppies.

What is their conservation status?

Since the Catahoula Bulldog is a popular breed of dog, they are quite large in number all around number because of the demand in the breeding industries. This breed of dog is not going to be extinct anytime soon and hence has been given the Least Concern status by the IUCN.

Catahoula Bulldog Fun Facts

What do Catahoula Bulldogs look like?

Catahoula Bulldogs are exceptionally adorable with tight skin and medium-length smooth coats that come in various colors like white or dark or can be a mix that includes gray and brown. Their dense, short, and straight coats look quite glossy.

Their eye color has different varieties like ice blue, brown. Catahoulas bulldogs are a breed of muscular dogs that possess well-built rectangular-shaped bodies, especially if groomed and trained properly.

This breed of dog has a large, strong head with ears that drop.

Their neck can be described as thick and muscular, and their tail is long and curved. In most cases, since the Catahoula Bulldog does not possess any undercoat, they may additionally develop it if it is required to live in a seasonal or colder climate.

Catahoula Bulldog

How cute are they?

The Catahoula Bulldog is one of the cutest because of their love for cuddling, their eloquent ice blue or brown eyes, their protective nature towards their family, their sense of loyalty, calmness, and laid-back attitude. They are very affectionate, and not only do they love being around adults but they love children as well.

How do they communicate?

This dog breed usually communicates through their barks, howls, growls, whimpers, whines, pants, screams, and sighs. These dogs can also communicate with the help of their gustatory communication, which includes the utilization of pheromones and scents.

How big is a Catahoula Bulldog?

Catahoula Bulldogs a large or medium-sized dog breed, but when it comes to the newer breeds of dogs, the size standards tend to vary. They usually range in height from 24-26 in (61-66 cm)  

How fast can a Catahoula Bulldog run?

This dog is a calm companion, but because of its high energy levels, it can run at a speed of 45 mph (72.4 kph) at the most. They need daily exercise, and going for a run with them might be good for your health as well. They speed of this dog is at par with greyhound.

How much does a Catahoula Bulldog weigh?

The male dogs of this breed usually weigh between 35-105 lb (16–48 kg), whereas females weigh between 35-99 lb (16–45 kg). They should be well fed with high-quality food so as to keep their weight healthy, but also needs exercise to help them maintain that standard weight as well.

They can be up to four times heavier than a miniature golden retriever.

What are the male and female names of the species?

This breed of dogs does not have any specific name given to them pertaining to their sex. They are normally called a dog (male) or bitch (female).

What would you call a baby Catahoula Bulldog?

Like all other dogs of the Canis genus, babies of this breed of dog are called a puppy. The Catahoula puppy is adorable and is usually born with a litter of 5-10 other Catahoula puppies.

These baby dogs should be properly weaned and taken care of during their young years, and their training methods should also be introduced at a young age because they live to please their masters. The puppies have small eyes and a short snout with a few spots that eventually grow in the future.

What do they eat?

These dogs are quite sensitive, and great care should be taken while feeding them because of their sensitive digestive systems. They can contract many allergies, and hence it is imperative only to give them food that is designed for dogs only.

Per day, they should be given food that contains balanced amounts of protein, omega 6 fatty acids, enriched with vitamins and minerals, and carbs from whole grains.

Are they slobbery?

Catahoula breed of dogs is not very slobbery because it is not known to occur in this breed of dogs.

Would they make a good pet?

The Catahoula bulldog is bound to make great family members because not only do they get along with  adults but also with the kids and other pets. They can warm the iciest of hearts with their eloquent eyes and make even strangers feel at home because of their sweet nature and loving attitude towards humans.

Catahoula Bulldog puppies are the sweetest and the most intelligent puppies in this dog breed, and it is wise to adopt them at this stage itself when they are ready for a new home.

Just like the American Bulldog and Catahoula leopard dogs, the Catahoula American Bulldog mix is extremely active and requires daily exercise every day.

This breed of dog is quite attentive, loves pleasing their owners, and isn't easily distracted. Hence, they can be trained very easily, and with a loving home, good training, and proper nutrition, the Catahoula bulldog is bound to become the center of every family.

They are also susceptible to diseases and allergies, so take great precautions while feeding them. Despite their short fur, they require nice baths and grooming to avoid tick infestations.

Their nails should also be trimmed and maintained well.

You have to be really active in training the Catahoula Bulldog. They are dominant so you should be able to tell them 'no.'

They have a tendency to jump on you, so tell them 'no' and correct their behavior early on. Socialize them with your family and other people so that they don't get over-cautious about them.

When walking through a door, pass through the door before the puppy to show dominance. Also, it would be best if you walked side-by-side with them and not let them get in front when walking in parks.

Did you know...

The Catahoula Bulldog was mainly created by breeding the Catahoula leopard dog and the American bulldog to breed the perfect hunting dog. Hence, initially, they were bred because they were used and valued for their perfect hunting abilities because of their strong sense of scent and ability to follow trails.

They could catch both small and big game in the wild, which also includes deer, bobcats, wild hogs, and most importantly, bears.

They were also used by shepherds and farm owners to herd, catch wild cattle and hogs and pen. This made them known as prized working dogs.

Characteristics and health issues

This breed of dog is most importantly considered a healthy breed. But, like many other mix-breed dogs, they also have certain health issues.

For instance, the older Catahoula go through some common health issues like hip dysplasia, blindness, and deafness. However, whenever this dog acquires deafness, they get deaf only in one ear. Problems occurring in the dog may not just be due to environmental and climatic issues but primarily because of their genes.

To avoid such health problems, especially allergies, give them high-quality foods with balanced levels of nutrition so that they stay healthy and live longer. Regular check-ups at the vet for a Catahoula Bulldog are also quite important if they acquire any external injury as well.

Having your own Catahoula Bulldog

Catahoula Bulldogs are widely available amongst breeders in the U.S. They are quite a loving addition to the family, which requires medium-level maintenance.

However, they might develop certain common health problems pertaining to their hips, eyes, and ears.

Therefore it is essential to take them to the vets for regular checkups, especially if it is detected early. Vets can help assign a proper care routine that is to be maintained to keep the dog fit and healthy.

Because of their high energy levels, the Catahoula Bulldogs will need a lot of exercises, because they are prone to obesity for their laid-back and lackadaisical attitude. Take them out on walks or for runs to keep them active.

You can also take them running with you to get a little bit of exercise for the both of you. Other great exercises for the Catahoula dog can be chasing and swimming or other play activities that require high energy levels.

They are not suited for apartment living, but with proper training, it can be managed.

They do not do well being alone because it causes them to get bored or stressed, making them quite destructive and thereby leading them to damage valuable property at home. Two long walks a day with additional activities like swimming, chasing, and running will be sufficient to keep them entertained.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Welsh Terrier facts and Pyrenean Shepherd facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Catahoula Bulldog coloring pages.

Catahoula Bulldog Facts

What Did They Prey On?


What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?

79-101 lb (36-46 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

domestic households

Where Do They Live?

united states (us)

How Long Were They?

24-26 in (61-66 cm)

How Tall Were They?

21-25 in (55-66 cm)







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Gray, White, black and brown

Skin Type


What Are Their Main Threats?


What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern

united states (us)

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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Sonali RawatBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature, Masters of Art specializing in English and Communication Skills

Sonali has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and is currently pursuing a Master's in English and Communication from Christ University. With considerable experience in writing about lifestyle topics, including travel and health, she has a passion for Japanese culture, especially fashion, and anime, and has written on the subject before. Sonali has event managed a creative-writing festival and coordinated a student magazine at her university. Her favorite authors are Toni Morrison and Anita Desai.

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