Catahoula History

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Blood Line History of Rancho Santiago Catahoulas

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

Winston Beavert, Sr. brought these Catahoula dog bloodlines together in Arkansas and along with his son in Oklahoma, they have perpetuated the foundation Catahoula bloodlines. 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.

Occasionally we hunt with the sent trailing hounds & Cur dogs to pursue hogs, bobcats, bears, and mountain lions.

Rancho Santiago Catahoulas-Bosco

Diamond B’s Bosco

NALC Reg. No: T-11739-2330-02


Rancho Santiago Catahoulas-Joaquin

Rancho Santiago’s Joaquin

Carrier of the superior Catahoula bloodline out of his sire, Bosco, and Dr. Jim’s & The Maria’s personal home protection.

Rancho Santiago Catahoulas-Clyde

4 Hangin 4’s Clyde

NALC Registration No: T-2376-02


Diamond B’s Bosco and 4 Hangin 4’s Clyde are 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 bloodlines go back to the foundation Catahoulas of Aubrey Aden’s dogs in Mississippi including Aden’s Genny.

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 was 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 1700s, the French had arrived in Louisiana and interbred their dogs with the Indians’ Wolf Dog. These four canines formed the foundation bloodstock 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 the 1850s. 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.

Catahoula Eye Color, Coat Color, and Patterns

Catahoula Eye Colors

Amber eyes

Catahoula Eye Colors

Right eye “glass” and left eye “amber” colored

Catahoula Eye Colors

“Cracked Eyes ” (2 colors in one eye)

Catahoula Eye Colors

A pup’s eye color is not stable until 6 weeks of age or more…the color may change from blue eyes.

Catahoula Eye Colors

Glass eyes

Catahoula Eye Colors

Blue eyes – spot in right eye indicates will become 2 colors

Puppy Stampede

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.”

Catahoula Hair Coat Color and Patterns

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

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 an individual Catahoula dog is more important than eye or hair coat pattern and 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 breed any color or combination of colors is acceptable. Catahoulas have a great genetic diversity for hair coat and eye color.

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