The Catahoula is believed to be the first dog breed developed in North America. They have been bred more for abilities than appearance, and can range greatly in size and color.
The Catahoula is a highly intelligent and energetic dog, and if it has a job to do, the job is taken seriously. They often herd or hunt, but are also excellent family dogs, as long as they're allowed to be with the family. They don't like to be alone. They are protective and a natural alarm dog who will alert to anything out of the ordinary.