French Mastahoula

28-32 lbs
United States
French Mastiff
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

The French Mastahoula is a mix between the French Bulldog and the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard. The French Mastahoula has a short single coat that requires little extra care. Because of the difference in the size of the parent breeds, the French Mastahoula may be a medium or a large. Personality characteristics that this designer dog may inherit are the tendency to be protective and energetic. His Louisiana Catahoula Leopard side may make him territorial and aggressive toward other dogs. This hybrid is happiest living in a home which has a fenced yard in which to play and explore. The French Mastahoula is usually good with children but must be supervised when around little ones.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
French Bulldog, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

French Mastahoula Health

Average Size
Male French Mastahoula size stats
Height: 13-23 inches Weight: 28-82 lbs
Female French Mastahoula size stats
Height: 13-23 inches Weight: 28-32 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Atopy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Fecal Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Bloodwork
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Skin Scrape

French Mastahoula Breed History

The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog originated in northern Louisiana near the Catahoula Lake. He was named for a Choctaw Indian word meaning "sacred lake".  It is believed that they are the result of breeding Native American dogs with the Spanish Mastiff, Blood Hound and Greyhound.  The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog was bred to track and drive hogs and cattle. The Louisiana Catahoula Cur Association was formed in 1976. In 1979, Governor Edwin Edwards named the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog the official state dog of Louisiana. The United Kennel Club was the first national dog registry to recognize the Catahoula in 1995. It has not yet met the requirements for American Kennel Club  recognition. In a way, you can say that the French Bulldog is the result of the English Industrial Revolution. The English Industrial revolution (1850-1860) replaced many workers with machines, which caused the lace-makers to lose their jobs. The English lacemakers started to move to France to find work.  They brought along their dogs which were small to miniature Bulldogs. These dogs were ratters and companions.  The lace-makers’ Bulldogs eventually were bred with the French Terrier Boule, which led way to the French Bulldog. The French Bulldog Club of England was founded in 1902.  The Kennel Club of London gave the breed approval in 1906; they received the name Bouledogue Francais. In 1912, the English Kennel Club changed the name to the French Bulldog. In 2016, the American Kennel Club ranked the French Bulldog as the 6th most popular breed in the United States.

French Mastahoula Breed Appearance

The mixing of two purebreds may produce a litter that has appearance similarities to both breeds. The French Mastahoula will have a short single coat, which can be smooth or coarse. His coat may have a leopard pattern, brindle pattern, or be a solid color. The breed may be medium to large. He will be shorter than the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog and his body will be sturdy and muscular. The tail can be short or medium in length. The French Mastahoula may have drop ears or erect ones and their eyes can be brown, clear blue, gold or bright green. The French Mastahoula’s eyes can sometimes be two different colors (one blue and the other brown). Their face may have wrinkle and folds as does the French Bulldog parent.  His head may be boxy with a short muzzle.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue French Mastahoula eyes
brown French Mastahoula eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black French Mastahoula nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black French Mastahoula coat
brown French Mastahoula coat
white French Mastahoula coat
brindle French Mastahoula coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
French Mastahoula straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

French Mastahoula Breed Maintenance

The French Mastahoula has a short, single coat, requiring combing and brushing once a week to remove loose hair and to keep the coat clean and shiny. Bathing can be done every few months with a gentle canine shampoo. Folds and wrinkles on his face should be cleaned daily and kept dry. If your French Mastahoula has drop ears, he may need weekly ear cleaning. To prevent tartar, his teeth should be brushed with a dog-safe toothpaste twice a week. Nails should be trimmed monthly and more if your find your active French Mastahoula tends to break or tear them. Your hybrid should be provided with strong chew and interactive toys to keep his mind busy and stimulated. Because the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog can be a wanderer, it may be a good idea to have him micro-chipped.  That way, if he gets lost he can be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian’s office and traced back to you. 

Brushes for French Mastahoula
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
French Mastahoula requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

French Mastahoula Temperament

The French Mastahoula will have the character and personality traits of both his parents. Even among the same litter the puppies may have different temperament - one puppy can be assertive and bold while the other is shy. The French Mastahoula will be highly intelligent, energetic and loyal.  It is important that your French Mastahoula puppy is socialized at an early age. Exposure to different sounds, environments, strangers, children and other dogs will make him a well adjusted adult dog. Obedience training is also recommended at an early age.  Because the breed may be a little stubborn, consistent daily training and patience while doing so will be necessary. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog can be territorial and dog aggressive. He will be protective and a great watchdog. The French Bulldog side of your hybrid may make him charming, playful and silly. He will love spending time with you and being your companion.  Both the French Bulldog and the Catahoula are prone to separation anxiety. This breed cannot be left outside for extended periods of time. Separation anxiety can cause destructive behavior. Some dogs have such severe separation anxiety that it causes them to have diarrhea.  Crate training may help with his anxiety.  If your dog suffers from separation anxiety your veterinarian may refer you to a professional canine behaviorist.

French Mastahoula Activity Requirements

Your French Mastahoula will have a moderate to high energy level.  It is important to take him on daily long walks. Because he is a wanderer and may be dog aggressive he should not be walked off leash.  He will enjoy playing and running in a fenced in yard. Your French Mastahoula should not be left unsupervised in the yard because he could dig his way out. Your French Mastahoula may like visiting a dog park, which would also help him socialize with other dogs.  The French Bulldog parent does not do well in hot weather.  Therefore, your French Mastahoula should not be exposed to extreme temperatures.  

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

French Mastahoula Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

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