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The Blood Line History of Rancho Santiago Catahoulas

as shared with Dr. Jim  by Winston Beavert Jr., breeder

Winston Beavert, Sr. brought these Catahoula dog blood lines together in Arkansas and along with his son in Oklahoma they have perpetuated the foundation Catahoula blood lines. They have utilized some line breeding of exceptional working and hog hunting Catahoulas and have consistently produced top of the line working Catahoulas that hunt hogs, herd cattle and love people for over 45 years.

Occasionaly we hunt with the sent trailing hounds & Cur dogs to pursue hogs, bob cats, bears, and mountain lions.  



                 Diamond B's Bosco

       NALC Reg. No: T-11739-2330-02

Retired. Sleeps on front porch the of ranch house.





                               (son of Bosco x Fleet)





Dr. Jim's & The Maria's personal home protection Catahoula is Joaquine


strong, smart athletic Catahoula.  

Standing at stud soon.  






Diamond B's Bosco and 4 Hangin 4's Clyde arw the result of line breeding of cousins that are top of the line hog hunting and cattle herding working dogs. Bosco is stout built like his grand sire, Trooper. The stout and muscular Bosco and his sire Trooper are muscular but athletic, agile and can go all day long.

Bosco's blood lines go back to the foundation Catahoulas of Aubrey Aden's dogs in Mississippi

including Aden’s Genny.



         4 Hangin 4's CLYDE

 NALC Registration No: T-2376-02

Click on "Catahoulas Standing at Stud" for more information and pictures on Clyde & our other Catahoulas standing at stud.. 



 RANCHO SANTIAGO'S LINE UP OF WORKING - BREEDING BITCHES can be viewed in detail by clicking on the title..."Puppy Makers"


Catahoula Dog Breed History

**** Dr. Jim is proud to share his June 2015 rare sighting of a wild Red Wolf in rural Mississippi. There are less than 100 of these Red Wolf ancestors of the Catahoula existing naturally in the wild.

The foundation of the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog developed through chance breeding by the Indians who used their "Red Wolf" dogs to locate game. When Hernando DeSoto came into Louisiana he brought with him Greyhound and Mastiff "War Dogs". These two types of dogs mixed with the Indian's Red Wolf. The Mastiff type of dog that accompanied DeSoto was probably the dog known as the "Alano Mastiff" of Spain is now extinct.

Defeated by the Indians, DeSoto abandoned his War Dogs allowing those dogs to roam freely and interbreed with each other along with the indigenous Red Wolf. The mixed blood dogs were used by the Indians for hunting and became known as the "Wolf Dog." In the early 1700's the French had arrived in Louisiana and interbred their dogs with the Indians' Wolf Dog. These four canines formed the foundation blood stock of the Catahoula of today. 

The name "Catahoula" research has established comes from a mispronunciation or slurring of the word "Couthaougoula" which means Choctaw Indian. Today three old main lines of Catahoula dogs remain in existence. The interbreeding of these three main lines is responsible for today's variation in the Catahoulas size, conformation, eye color, and hair coat colors. Ranchers seem to prefer the smaller slighter built conformation while many hunters prefer a dog with heavier larger conformation.

Stories surrounding the Catahoula dog begin around 1850's. Those narratives let us know what a great hunting and companion dog the Catahoula has been for hundreds of years. In the development of the Catahoula dog if a dog did not work or perform and function as needed on the farm or earn its keep that dog was set aside. During the early centuries of improvement these dogs were rigorously culled solely on the basis of their performance leaving only the best of the best Catahoulas remaining to work and reproduce.

A Catahoula's feet are webbed for swimming. 

Catahoula's naturally love water.

"Big Joe" is pictured above at 3 months of age with his first adventure around water.

Catahoulas play in water, hunt in water, and love water.


What makes the Catahoula such a versatile working, hunting, herding, rescue and companion dog? It is not the distinctive eyes, the unique coat pattern, or even the varied color combinations. What is prized in an excellent Catahoula is a dog that works and is "Worth his salt."

Because we want to keep the Catahoulas performance traits alive and thriving, Catahoula breeders do not want to see the Catahoula decline as some of the other groups of hunting/working dogs whose original purpose has been undermined and weakened because recent breeders have strayed from their dog's foundation ideals by producing puppies to meet some unrealistic show ring dog artificial standards.






Amber eyes

           Right eye "glass" and left "amber" colored eye
         "Cracked Eyes " (2 colors in one eye)  
      Note: a baby puppy's eye color is not stable until after 6 weeks of age or more ... the color may change from blue eyes. 

Glass  eyes

 Blue eyes / spot in right eye indicates will become 2 colors)


              Catahoula Hair Coat Color and Patterns

There is no standard color or coat pattern for the Catahoula breed.

Note the different colors pictured above.

Some folks prefer the "leopard" spotted, blue merle, black and tan, black saddle back or other variations.

The mental, physical, spiritual quality and character of a individual Catahoula dog is more important than eye or hair coat pattern and color. 

Dr. Jim says that "the different colors are a  fun side issue of this breed, but remember  a good minded, obedient, working or companion dog is NEVER A BAD COLOR."

A Catahoula pup's color changes from the color at birth. Permanent color is hard to predict.


Rancho Santiago cannot predict eye or hair coat color of puppies before birth. Not all Catahoulas are spotted.  In this beed any color or combination of colors is acceptable.  Catahoulas have a great genetic diveresity for hair coat & eye color. 





darl blue leopard,black & grey patches, white chest.

 light red leopard /white chest/ white blaze face. 


black leopard lightly spotted tan trim 


       black tan trim white on chest


                                                                   Tan lightly spotted with white trim 


        white grey leopard blaze face tan trim 













 "A loyal good minded, obedient, built strong, gritty working or companion dog is NEVER A BAD COLOR."  Dr. Jim Gamble






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