English Mastahoula

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80-140 lbs
22-30"
Unknown
English Mastiff
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Mastahoula, Catahoula Mastiff

The English Mastahoula is a hybrid of the English Mastiff, a giant-sized guard dog with a laid-back attitude, and a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, a medium to large dog developed in the southern United States of America for hunting and herding. The combination is typically a very large animal with a high intellect and a fairly calm demeanor, although they may not get along well with strangers or with other animals. They are a versatile animal, and may be adept at many different types of jobs including herding, hunting, and guarding, but may be too assertive and headstrong for the first time dog owner.  

Purpose
Companion, Hunting, Herding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Mastiff, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

English Mastahoula Health

Average Size
Male English Mastahoula size stats
Height: 24-32 inches Weight: 100-160 lbs
Female English Mastahoula size stats
Height: 22-30 inches Weight: 80-140 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Eye disorders and disease
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Obesity
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Shoulder Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Eye Examinations
  • BAER Testing

English Mastahoula Breed History

The English Mastahoula is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreeding between a herding and hunting cur from Louisiana, known as the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog, and the English Mastiff, a massive guard dog with an ancient history that has been instrumental in the development of many newer breeds. Mastiff-like dogs have been depicted in ancient Asian artwork as far back as 2500 BC, and traveled across the Alps with Hannibal. When the breed made its way to England it became a guard dog and hunting companion that was favored by both landholders and peasants. The two World Wars had a negative impact on the canine population of Europe and by the end of the conflicts the English Mastiff was nearly extinct and had to be revived by importing Mastiffs from the United States and from Canada into England for breeding. The developmental history of the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is based almost entirely on conjecture and mythology, but we do know that the French who settled in Louisiana brought Beauceron herding dogs with them and that these same settlers frequently described mysterious hunting dogs with haunting glass colored eyes that were kept by the Native Americans. Most believe that the Catahoula is descended mainly from these two dogs, but as there were no records kept during the formation of the breed, there is no way to know for certain. Catahoula Leopard dogs, also known as Catahoula Curs, Catahoula Hounds, and Catahoula Hog Dogs, have been employed as both herding and hunting dogs and have excelled at both professions. The English Mastahoula is typically less rambunctious and pushy than the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog is but with more energy and less mess than the English Mastiff.   

English Mastahoula Breed Appearance

The English Mastahoula can range in size from large to giant and typically has a bulky but athletic appearance. Their heads are wide with a substantially built muzzle that can range from short to medium length. Their small to medium sized ears sit high up on the head and fold forward or to the side, and their eyes are generally round, although they can come in a number of colors due to their Leopard Dog heritage, including eyes that include multiple colors within a single eye, and a blue so light that it is almost white, a color known as glass. Like the English Mastiff, the English Mastahoula will typically have loose skin that forms into wrinkles, particularly around the head and neck area, although it is likely to be less exaggerated in the crossbreed. This dog will usually have an easy to care for double layer coat comprised of a soft, dense undercoat covered by a short, stiff outer layer that lies flat against the body, though some of these dogs may have a short, stiff coat with no underlying layer. The English Mastahoula dogs may come in a variety of colors and merle is frequently seen in both the Catahoula and in its offspring the Mastahoula.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue English Mastahoula eyes
Blue
brown English Mastahoula eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Mastahoula nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
blue English Mastahoula coat
Blue
brindle English Mastahoula coat
Brindle
fawn English Mastahoula coat
Fawn
red English Mastahoula coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
English Mastahoula straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Mastahoula Breed Maintenance

This hybrid has a short coat that makes grooming requirements quite manageable. Regular brushing with a soft bristle brush or curry comb is needed to control the shedding and distribute body oils, however, monthly baths are usually adequate for these canines. If your dog has inherited the folds and wrinkles that are commonly seen on Mastiffs, care should be taken on a regular basis to ensure that the folds of skin have not trapped any moisture as it can cause skin irritation and a foul odor may develop, particularly around the face. They shed moderately year round, although English Mastahoulas with a double coat tend to shed more heavily than those with a single coat.

Brushes for English Mastahoula
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
English Mastahoula requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Mastahoula Temperament

The English Mastiff is generally a laid back and dignified individual, while Louisiana Catahoula has the focus, drive, and energy that are characteristic of a serious working dog and your English Mastahoula is most likely going to fall somewhere between the two. Like their parent breeds, this hybrid requires daily interaction with their humans and can become quite destructive if they become bored or lonely. Training should also start at an early age as both of the parent breeds are naturally protective and may become skittish or aggressive towards strangers and other animals if they are not well socialized, and they may have a tendency towards dominant behaviors which can be mitigated by early training. Their reactions to young children may be variable as the English Mastiff is usually very good with children, but the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog can be jealous and possessive, traits that don’t mix well with small children. These dogs are very large and powerful, and all interactions between young children and dogs should be closely supervised to ensure the safety of all involved.

English Mastahoula Activity Requirements

Although the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard dog is a very active breed the English Mastiff typically need much less exercise than average for a dog of their size, so 60 to 90 minutes of vigorous activity a day is usually sufficient to keep this hybrid strong and healthy. Along with daily walks, these dogs are adept at drafting and carting activities, agility training, tracking, and hunting. During your dog’s formative years it is important to keep exercise sessions somewhat shorter in duration by breaking them up throughout the day. Be certain to ensure that your dog does not rough-house or jump from significant heights as this can cause life-long damage by affecting the still-forming bones and joints.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

English Mastahoula Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2.8 - $3
Monthly Cost
$80 - $90

English Mastahoula Owner Experiences

Arturo
4 Months
1 People
Apartment
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First time owning one. Friend has the Momma and neighbor has the Dad. He's been a great dog so far. Very loving, likes to snuggle. Somewhat easy to house train. Smart, he is learning quickly.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
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