35-60 lbs
United States
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Pooda Houla
The Pooahoula is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Catahoula Cur, also known as the Lousiana Catahoula Cur.  The hybrid is most often between Standard Poodle and the Catahoula Cur, but Miniature Poodles may be used to reduce the size of the dog.  The Pooahoula has a striking appearance that often resembles the Catahoula Cur with its multi-colored coat and ice blue eyes.  The Pooahoula does tend to overeat and may put on additional weight.  However, this is an active breed that burns energy fast.  Owners should always be mindful of how much food they give their Pooahoula and prohibit exercise after eating to prevent bloat.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Poodle and Catahoula Cur

Pooahoula Health

Average Size
Male Pooahoula size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Female Pooahoula size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Addison's Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing‚Äôs Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Analysis
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination

Pooahoula Breed History

Little is known of the Pooahoula mostly due to the rarity of the Catahoula Cur.  The Pooahoula is a hybrid mix of the Poodle and the Catahoula.  Standard and Miniature Poodles are used for this hybrid, and the Poodahoula most often resembles the Catahoula in features.  Owners and those who wish to know more about the Pooahoula will not find much information in the hybrid, but they can review the histories or the parent breeds for some insight. The Catahoula Cur is an American dog that developed in northern Lousiana near Lake Catahoula.  It is believed that native dogs living in the southeastern United States interbred with Blood Hounds and Greyhounds coming over from Europe to produce the modern-day Catahoula Cur.  The Catahoula Cur is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but the United Kennel Club does recognize this breed.  Despite not having full recognition, the AKC allows for registrations in the Foundation Stock Service as of 1996. Unlike the Catahoula Cur, which is rare and not well known, the Poodle is a household name and favorite dog.  The Standard Poodle developed in Germany during the 15th Century as a waterfowl dog, as did the Miniature and Toy Poodles.  However, the Poodle's history extends much farther back into antiquity.  The French also claim responsibility for the modern-day Poodle and may have affected the breed by selecting for companion traits over waterfowl traits.  The Poodle, despite its long history, was not well-known in the United States until after World War II, though the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1887.  However, the Poodle gain fast notoriety in the 1950s and enjoyed the number one position for breed ranking for two decades.  Today, the Poodle is still considered a top dog on the AKC's breed list. 

Pooahoula Breed Appearance

The Pooahoula is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Catahoula Cur and can resemble either parent.  The Pooahoula can range in size from medium to large depending on which Poodle parent is used for crossbreeding.  The hybrid has straight legs and a strong body with a tail that curls over the back.  The coat is short and dense and varies in color, but may have medium length, curly hair.  The Pooahoula's head is medium-sized with a long, thin muzzle and a black nose, and their eyes can be any shade, including ice blue.  The ears of the Pooaholua are long and hang low on the head with moderate feathering.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Pooahoula eyes
hazel Pooahoula eyes
brown Pooahoula eyes
amber Pooahoula eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pooahoula nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pooahoula coat
gray Pooahoula coat
brown Pooahoula coat
red Pooahoula coat
fawn Pooahoula coat
blue Pooahoula coat
silver Pooahoula coat
white Pooahoula coat
sable Pooahoula coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pooahoula straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pooahoula Breed Maintenance

Maintaining the Pooahoula is easy, especially if the coat resembles the Catahoula Cur.  Their coats are short with dense, shiny hair that doesn't hold dirt and debris.  Weekly brushing easily removes any dirt and keep the coat looking shiny and smooth.  The Pooahoula may have slightly longer hair around its ears that requires special attention while grooming.  Dirt, build-up, and moisture may collect in the ears, which if left uncleaned, may lead to ear infections.  The Pooahoula's coat does not shed much, and it may have hypoallergic qualities thanks to its Poodle parent.
Brushes for Pooahoula
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pooahoula requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pooahoula Temperament

The Pooahoula is a family dog that does not tolerate being left alone.  They are affectionate with children.  The Pooahoula is slightly leery of strangers but with just enough curiosity to allow them to warm up to new people.  They are never aggressive or shy dogs.  The Pooahoula may not like the company of other dogs, but early and consistent socialization will help this hybrid adjust to living with other pets, including cats.  Exposure to other dogs, people, and places will give the Pooahoula more confidence and experience and may mellow any non-friendly traits.  Training the Pooahoula might vary in difficulty as well, but consistent training from a confident owner will significantly improve trainability in the Pooahoula.

Pooahoula Activity Requirements

The Pooahoula is an active dog that loves being outside but should never be left alone.  They enjoy running, and a large backyard is ideal for this hybrid.  The Pooahoula needs at least two walks a day and may pull on the leash so they require a firm walking partner who can keep them in gentle check.  Trips to the dog park are excellent ways for the Pooahoula to burn energy and meet other dogs; however, be mindful of all dog interaction because this hybrid may not be as dog-friendly as others.  The Pooahoula is not well-suited for apartment living due to its size and exercise requires, and this hybrid prefers a warmer climate to the cool one.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Pooahoula Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Pooahoula Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pooahoula size stats at six months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
Female Pooahoula size stats at six months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Pooahoula size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
Female Pooahoula size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Pooahoula size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
Female Pooahoula size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs

Pooahoula Owner Experiences

5 Months
4 People
House & Yard
visits to public places
Playing in the snow,
He is awesome. He may look ugly at first glance but he is a cute handsome boy. Lots of energy and when he doesn’t get it he really lets you know by chewing on things, barking, and crying. He is being trained to be a service dog for me. He learns quick with treats but it must be consistent and with a firm handler to put them in their place. Sometimes he gets on his own program. He had sprayed in the house in multiple spots. I take him out on a consistent schedule but when I don’t he will mark his territory.
1 year, 9 months ago
13 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Izzy is a sweet pup that loves to play… and bite a bunch as she is teething. She definitely hates being alone and needs constant attention. I am looking forward to working with a professional trainer because she has been very quick to learn commands and identify certain words. Overall I am happy with my Pooda Houla, she’s often mistaken for a golden retriever/golden doodle pup lol.
2 years, 3 months ago
Bubba Blue
8 Weeks
2 People
So far he is great fun and very intelligent. He is also affectionate, and true to form does not like separation.
5 years, 11 months ago
1 Year
5 People
She is very well behaved. She doesn’t like to be left home so she sneaks over to the neighbors when we leave.
4 years, 8 months ago
8 Months
5 People
House & Yard
walking tug a
Hes adorable and only listens to me
2 years, 10 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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