Catahoula Leopard Dog Names

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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. 

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Community Dogs with Catahoula Leopard Dog Names

Hoss's name story for Catahoula Leopard Dog Names
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Jena, LA
Big Baby

He was a big puppy and so we called him little “Hoss”.

Mercy's name story for Catahoula Leopard Dog Names
Pit Bull
Mountain Home, ID

I dont know. I am glad I named her though.

Tandy's name story for Catahoula Leopard Dog Names
Janesville, WI

My family loves watching last man on earth. On that show there is two men with the same name. They ca one guy who isn't just like our dog Tandy because that's Ian husband middle name.

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