Pooda Houla

50-65 lbs
United States
The Pooda Houla is a hybrid cross between the Standard Poodle and the Catahoula Leopard Dog.  Despite its size and parent's historic roles, the Pooda Houla is a companion dog that needs the company and attention of its owners.  The Pooda Houla does not tolerate being left alone and should not be kept outside unsupervised.  While the Poodle is a popular dog with high rankings, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is considered a rare breed and is not fully recognized by the American Kennel Club at this time.  As such, this hybrid is also rare.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Standard Poodle and Catahoula Leopard Dog

Pooda Houla Health

Average Size
Male Pooda Houla size stats
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 60-75 lbs
Female Pooda Houla size stats
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Addison's Disease
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Cushing‚Äôs Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Analysis
  • Complete Physical Examination

Pooda Houla Breed History

The Pooda Houla is a hybrid cross between the popular, well-known Standard Poodle and the rare Catahoula Leopard Dog.  The origins of the hybrid are unknown, and the unique history is not yet made.  Standards for the Pooda Houla are not available at this time, but owners can review the histories and character traits of both parent breeds or additional information. The Standard Poodle is a well-established dog of antiquity.  The breed is recorded in artwork extending back to the Egyptian culture but is considered a German breed today, though the French may also claim responsibility for the modern-day Standard Poodle.  As its name suggests by the sound, the Poodle is a water dog who may enjoy the occasional puddle.  The breed was developed for hunting waterfowl in Germany by the 1400s, and shortly after establishing the Standard breed, the Miniature and the Toy variations were also developed and recorded.  The Standard Poodle was well-known in Europe and came to the United States in the late 1800s.  However, the Poodle's popularity did not peak until the mid-20th century.  Between the 1950s and the 1970s, the Poodle enjoyed a number one spot as America's most popular dog.  Today, the Poodle still ranks high in popularity. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a rare breed that developed in Lousiana in the Catahoula Parish, where the breed gains its name.  The origins of the Catahoula are not known, but many believe the dog is the result of American dogs interbreeding with Mastiff, Bloodhounds, and Greyhounds that were initially brought to the Americas as with the Spanish.  The Catahoula is an excellent hunting companion and was a choice breed of President Theodore Roosevelt.  The American Kennel Club does not fully recognize the breed standard but it was registered to the Foundation Stock Service in 1996.  Today, the United Kennel Club recognizes the breed.

Pooda Houla Breed Appearance

The Pooda Houla is medium to large-sized hybrid with long, straight legs and a powerful body.  The head is medium-sized and in proportion to the body with long ears that hang low and to the far sides of the head.  The Pooda Houla's muzzle is long and tapered with a medium black nose.  Some Pooda Houlas are distinctly Poodle mixes with dense curly hair and large brown eyes.  However, some Pooda Houlas may resemble the Catahoula Leopard Dog more and maintain a short, dense coat with many coat color variations.  Eye colors may also vary, and some Pooda Houlas have ice blue with merle coat patterns.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Pooda Houla eyes
hazel Pooda Houla eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pooda Houla nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pooda Houla coat
gray Pooda Houla coat
brown Pooda Houla coat
red Pooda Houla coat
blue Pooda Houla coat
silver Pooda Houla coat
white Pooda Houla coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pooda Houla curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pooda Houla Breed Maintenance

The Poodle parent is a popular breed for hybrids because it usually produces hypoallergenic qualities in the hybrid.  The Pooda Houla is no different and does not shed much at all.  However, frequent brushing is necessary if the Pooda Houla resembles the Poodle with longer, wiry to curly hair.  Professional cuts are also suggested because the Poodle's hair grows continuously.  The thick hair that covers the ears may trap dirt, debris, or moisture inside the ear.  Cleaning the Pood Houla's ears with a veterinarian approved solution or a hypoallergenic pet wipe reduce the chances of the ear infection.  The Pooda Houla does not have a doggy odor, but frequent grooming will keep the coat looking and smelling its finest.
Brushes for Pooda Houla
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pooda Houla requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pooda Houla Temperament

Despite its larger size, the Pooda Houla is a companion dog that loves the company of its people.  The Pooda Holua may be wary of strangers but is never shy or aggressive.  The Poodle parent softens the leeriness of the Pooda Houla and owners can expect their hybrid to be curious and playful by nature.  The Pooda Houla is affectionate toward children and makes for a great playmate.  Their have sturdy bodies and are always gentle making them fine dogs for young children.  Unfortunately, the Pooda Houla is not as dog-friendly as its Poodle parent and other Poodle crossbreeds.  However, with early and consistent socialization, the Pooda Houla can learn to live in harmony with other pets.  The Pooda Houla can be a little difficult to train, but the high intelligence and sweet disposition of the Poodle parent helps the Pooda Houla.  They are also an active breed but do not require high-intensity exercise.

Pooda Houla Activity Requirements

The Pooda Houla is an active dog that loves the outdoors.  They need at least one hour of exercise daily, but they are not as intense as some breeds.  Twice daily walks and a backyard to run around in are ideal for this hybrid.  As a larger dog and one with higher exercise needs, the Pooda Houla is not well-suited for apartment living though the Poodle parent may make it somewhat tolerable as long as the Pooda Houla gets plenty of exercise.  The Pooda Houla tends to tolerate warmer climates over cool ones but should never be left alone outside.
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

Pooda Houla 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
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Pooda Houla Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pooda Houla size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Pooda Houla size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 50.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Pooda Houla size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 67.5 lbs
Female Pooda Houla size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 57.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pooda Houla size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 67.5 lbs
Female Pooda Houla size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 57.5 lbs

Pooda Houla Owner Experiences

Scooby Doo
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Eating Snacks
Explore the woods
Bath time
Our Pooda Houla (Catahoodle is such a better name btw) is a big floppy energetic dude with long lanky legs. Still just a pup, 6 months old. Very friendly and chill, except when he gets excited, then he's very friendly and crazy hyper. Will lick you to death. He's black and takes more after the poodle for us, brown eyes and curly short-medium hair. He has two coats though, the poodle coat and the shorter catahoula underneath it. We haven't trimmed his fur yet, just got him a week ago, but I kind of wonder if maybe his undercoat looks a bit different or has some faint spots maybe. My experience so far has been, he eats and poops and pees a lot and isn't quite house trained yet, but he's getting better at using the pads and going outside every day and he's definitely more than worth all the work. He's big and in that awkward and clumsy "I don't know the dimensions of my body yet" phase and it's adorable, hence the name Scooby Doo. Glad to have rescued him and given him a home, hope to give him a good long life on 1+ acre of land with woods all around :) But check for fleas and ticks OFTEN and get preventative heartworm meds/tick chews if you live in a densely wooded area!!
7 months ago
20 Months
1 People
House & Yard
He is close to 30 inches at the shoulder and 80+ lbs - so I don't know if he is exceptionally big or you have just seen really small dogs. He is an amazing dog, very smart, protective and overall a great companion.
3 years, 10 months ago
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