Catahoula Leopard Dog Names

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Introduction

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is also known as the Catahoula Cur dog. This dog is the state dog of Louisiana, and the breed is generally used for hunting wild game such as feral hogs. No one is quite sure of the exact origin of the Catahoula Leopard Dog; however, legend holds that the Native Americans created the breed by crossing their own dogs with molossers and Greyhounds brought to the Southern United States by DeSoto and his band of explorers. French explorers wrote about a glass-eyed dog that the Indians used to hunt in the swamps and bayous. The dog was made the state dog of Louisiana in 1979 under a proclamation signed by Governor Edwin Edwards.

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Catahoula Leopard Dog Name Considerations

The history of the Catahoula Leopard Dog reaches back into the French and Native American heritage of Louisiana. Therefore, names of French origin, as well as names that reflect the Native American heritage of the area are also appropriate. One should note that Choctaws had a very dominant number in this area of what would become Louisiana at the earliest origins of the dog. 

Some interesting Choctaw names for dogs include Nashoba, which means "wolf" in Choctaw. (There is a Neshoba County in Mississippi; this would be the perfect name for not only the wolf-like looks of the Catahoula Leopard Dog, but also a Catahoula located in Central Mississippi.) Another interesting Choctaw name is Talulah, which means "leaping water." (There is an adaptation for this word with two "L's" - Tallulah. Either spelling is suitable for a pup.) 

As the Catahoula Leopard Dog is primarily a hunting dog, traditional names for gundogs are also fitting for this breed. Names such as Jep, Blue (this perfectly matches the coat of the dog), Butch, Sally, Dixie, and Susie are all perfect names for a dog that will join their handler on the hunt. 

Male Catahoula Leopard Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Chase
The hunting dog often has to chase their prey
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Remy
As in the Remington rifle company, a popular hunting gun
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Buddy
A highly popular name for any breed of dog, especially your hunting buddy
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Buck
The wolf-like character in The Call of the Wild
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Mack
A nod to the ever-popular Mack truck, large and tough
1
Diesel
This name denotes the toughness of the Catahoula Leopard dog
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Jax
A brewery located in New Orleans, Louisiana
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Rocky
A nod to Rocky Balboa, the small but tough fighter
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Blue
The Blue Leopard variety of the Catahoula Leopard would fit this name
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Ranger
Like the scout, a Catahoula is known for their endurance and range
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Gunner
When hunting wild hogs, the hunter often carries a gun
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Hank
A nod to Hank Williams, Sr., one of the pioneers of country music
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Scout
What else does a hunter do but search or "scout" the land
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Trigger
A piece on a gun integral to the firing of the weapon
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Hunter
The perfect name for a dog developed for hunting
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Bullet
An integral part of the hunting weapon, particularly when hunting boar
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Benelli
Another popular gun manufacturer
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Henry
Might be a nod to the Henry knife manufacturer
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Bocephus
A nod to Hank Williams, Jr; Bocephus is his nickname
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Chester
As in the Winchester brand name of rifles
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Ruger
Another popular brand name gun manufacturer
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Colt
Colt denotes a gun manufacturer, some individuals hunt with a Colt revolver
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Drake
The name Drake is a nod to the male mallard duck, a good name for a Catahoula used to retrieve waterfowl
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Rebel
A great name for a very independent pup
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Boudin
A type of food associated with the state of Louisiana
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Gumbo
Gumbo is a popular food in Louisiana
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Bolt
Denotes a swift and speedy pup
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Tiger
A great name for the brindle variety of the Catahoula Leopard dog
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Bacchus
The god of wine and merry-making; associated with the Mardi Gras parade
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Louis
A nod to jazz musician Louis Armstrong

Female Catahoula Leopard Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Lulu
This name is inspired by the Madame Lulu Mahogany White
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Willow
As in the willow tree, often present where the Catahoula hunts
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Sophie
One of the most popular female dog names of Louisiana
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Sunny
The perfect name for a dog with a good disposition
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Roux
A roux is usually the starting element for many of the soups and Cajun dishes
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Dixie
Dixie Beer is brewed in New Orleans
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Foxy
A good name for a Catahoula Leopard that enjoys hunting fox
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Shiloh
The name of a Civil War battlefield
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Dakota
As in Dak(ota) Prescott, current Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Louisiana native
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Xena
As in the television show "Xena: Warrior Princess"
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Annie
As in the female sharpshooter Annie Oakley
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Maggie
Maggie refers to Magnolia, the state flower of Louisiana
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Lady
A great traditional name for a female hunting dog
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Gigi
A French name that could be short for "Ginger"
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Stormy
A great name for a female hunter with a strong personality
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Skye
This name is fitting of a glass-eyed Catahoula Leopard dog
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Mignon
This Cajun term means "little cutie" and is perfect for the smaller Leopard version
-2
Abita
A nod to Abita Beer, but Abita is also a town in the state of Louisiana
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Nola
The acronym NOLA stands for New Orleans, Louisiana (LA)
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Nyx
The goddess of the night; the name of a parade during Mardi Gras
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Artemis
Artemis was the goddess of the hunt in Greek mythology
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Lisette
This name is French in origin and means "pledged to God"
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Alexandria
A small town in Louisiana, not too far from the Mississippi River
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Eulalie
The name of a sweetly speaking French woman
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Etienne
This French name refers to a crown or a type of garland worn by royalty
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Katrina
The deadly hurricane which devastate much of Louisiana in 2005
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Etoufee
A type of Cajun meal
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Evangeline
As in Evangeline Parish (county) in Louisiana
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Bebe
This is French for "baby"
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Angelinque
A French name meaning "angelic"

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Tandy
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Bloodhound
Janesville, WI

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