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White Rock’s Henry

April 12th, 2012

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Henry is trained for tracking wounded game and has multiple deer and hog under his belt for finds. He has an extremely high prey drive and is waging a personal war against every squirrel in the universe, or at least our property. No unauthorized varmints are permitted entry onto our property which we refer to at the “Kingdom of Ott”.  He is also the resident guard dog and takes his job very seriously. Henry is 80 lbs of power and muscle but will herd chickens back to the coop if asked.

In his off time, Henry is the Ott children’s overwhelming NO.1 choice to use as a playmate for their increasingly complicated game of “Hide and Seek”.  They take great pleasure in planning elaborate schemes to outwit Henry’s tracking ability, but mostly because he doesn’t mind being “it” every game.  He remains unbeaten and is the undisputed hide and seek champion of the Kingdom of Ott.

CH Double Ott’s Boudreaux

April 12th, 2012

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CH Double Ott’s Boudreaux is a really nicely put together male off of CH Jetta’s I Gotcha G and CH Double Ott Corlew Benelli.  He has a wonderful temperament and moves like he’s floating.

As we have a small farm, we keep only enough dogs on property as jobs we have for them to do.  We at Double Ott put the physical and mental welfare out breeding stock first. Some of our breeding dogs are “farmed out” to select family and friends where they have the opportunity to do jobs that they were bred to do and have the best possible life for a Catahoula. We choose to forgo a kennel environment to focus more on developing functional dogs that are part of the family.

Boudreaux is farmed out to Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with, and is co-owned with my cousin.

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CH Double Ott Corlew Benelli

April 12th, 2012

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CH Double Ott Corlew Benelli is a beautiful bitch. She is the diva queen of all her domain. Her temperament is above par. She has the grace and balance of a big cat and moves like one too.  When she’s in full stride not much can catch her, and not much can outrun her.  She’s used for varmint control, property protection, and is always on snake patrol as we seem to live in some sort of mecca for copperheads and egg thieving chicken snakes. She’s was particularly good at stopping bolting longhorn steers when we thought we wanted them a few years back. She was tough and quick enough to stop them and move them back to the pasture when they bolted through the fence into the woods, but she’s gentle enough to tolerate our freerange uppity chickens that roam our property. We now stick with the more layed back breeds of cattle when we are feeding out for stocking the freezer.

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Lingo and Terminology

April 6th, 2012

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A

  • A-Bay–a field trial event where one Catahoula or a pair are in arena with a wild hog for which to demonstrate style and ability to work and control said hog.
  • Alpha–a dog or person that shows or attempts to show dominance over peers
  • Angulation–the angles formed at the meeting joint of two bones
  • Anterior–the portion carried foremost in normal locomotion

B

  • B-Bay– a field trial event where a wild hog is in a pen with one Catahoula or a pair demonstrating it’s style and ability to work and control said hog from outside the pen.
  • Balance–term used to describe the similar characteristics of the dog’s parts–proportions
  • Barrel chested–describes overly-sprung ribs–a very rounded rib cage
  • Basewide–wide footfall in gaiting
  • Baying–barking at a hog, raccoon, squirrel, cow, ect. (over simplified)
  • Baying loose–when a dog bays stands back from the hog and bays.
  • Bay off–and extra bay to determine who places when two or more dogs end up with the same score.
  • Baying tight– when a dogs bays very close to the head of the hog.
  • Beefy–over development of the hindquarter muscling
  • Bitch-female dog
  • Bitchy–usually used to define an overly-refined male
  • Bite–the position of the jaws and all teeth when the mouth is closed
  • Blocky–sqaurish in body
  • Bodied up–mature looking, well-developed, lacking puppyish conformational characteristic
  • Bone–pertaining to the substance and girth of the dog’s bones, usually referring to leg bones
  • Brindle–another coloration pattern, broken tiger striped
  • Brisket–thoracic area (inc. chest, rib cage)
  • Bull neck–a thick, stout, well muscled neck

C

  • Call Out–the ability to call a dog back to owner in a designated time limit after the event time limit is complete. Extra points are rewarded for this ability.
  • Camel back–general term used to describe an arched back
  • Carpal–largest bone in the pastern (wrist)
  • Catch Out–when the dog catches the hog for more than five(5) seconds. The dog is disqualified for this event.
  • Cat foot–describes a tight-knuckled foot in which the toes are well arched
  • Cervical vertebrae–the vertebrae that make up the neck
  • Cheeky–too much fill in the skull cavities, bulging sides of face
  • Chiseling–pertaining to head structure, the outline and smoothness of the facial region
  • Chops–jowls, thick, heavy flesh on the lips and jaws
  • Clipping–a gaiting fault in which the rear feet actually knick the pads of the front feet when in a full trot
  • Close-coupled–a short loin in comparison to other proportions
  • Coarse–lacking refinement
  • Conformation–term describing the physical structure of the entire dog
  • Coon trial–a trial in which a caged raccoon is raised to a specific height for which the dog to demonstrate it’s focus and drive in baying said raccoon.
  • Coupling–the loin
  • Cow-hocked–hocks bending inwards when in a natural stance
  • Crabbing–gaiting fault in which the front and rear legs do not line up when viewed from behind or in front
  • Crest–the arch on the top of the neck in some breeds
  • Cropped ear–an ear that had been surgically altered or trimmed to stand up erect
  • Croup–the region on the top of the dog between the hip bones, extending to were the tail is set on
  • Cut Board–a board used to protect yourself during and A-bay event.
  • Cut collar–a special collar to protect the dog from the tucks of a wild hog
  • Cutters– the tusks of a wild hog
  • Cut vest–a special vest to protect the body of the the dog from the tusks of a wild hog. Sometimes referred simply as a vest

D

  • Dentition–the number and placement of teeth in the mouth
  • Depth (of chest)–an indication of the volume of internal room for the heart, lungs, etc–referenced to the elbow
  • Dewclaws–extra toe or toes on the inside of the pasterns or hocks–may be present or removed in the Catahoula breed
  • Dewlap–loose hanging skin under the neck
  • Divergent hocks–hocks that turn outward when at a natural stance
  • Dock tail–a tail that has been surgically shortened or removed
  • Dog–usually refers to the male
  • Double coat–a two layered type of coat, the first thick and plush, the outer one consisting of coarser guard hairs
  • Down in the pastern–weak pasterns
  • Drifting hog–a hog that drifts around the arena during a bay. Often due to improper baying style.
  • Drive–referring to the amount of thrust from the rear when gaiting
  • Drive- referring also to the instinctive desire that dogs show in regards to game.
  • Drop ear–an ear folded or creases in at least one place

E

  • Ear Carriage: 1. Describing the way the ears are held, indicating the dog’s mood. 2. position of the ear’s attachment to the head.
  • East-west–front structural fault in which the legs and feet point outwards, away from each other
  • Elbowing out–the elbows outturned, away from body
  • Even bite–meeting of upper and lower incisors with no overlap
  • Ewe neck–a concave neck line
  • Expression–general appearance of the look in the eye
  • Eyeteeth–upper canine teeth

F

  • Feathering–fringe of hair on the underside of the tail, brisket, and backs of legs
  • Femur–main bone in the rear legs
  • Fibula–one of the bones that make up the lower thigh
  • Fiddle front–elbows turned outward, pasterns turned inward, toes pointed outward
  • Flag–a long feathered tail, carried high
  • Flat croup–a croup with insufficient slope or taper from the hip bones to the root of the tail
  • Flat sided–lacking proper spring of ribs
  • Flews–inner corners of the upper lips
  • Flewsy–too much flews
  • Fly away ears–semi erect/high set ears on a breed that should not have prick ears
  • Flying trot–a very fast gait where all four feet are off the ground for a brief moment
  • Foo Foo dog–this is a general term used to describe any small dog or Show Catahoula that is not used to hunt or work.
  • Free Stack–a show dog’s natural pose w/out being touched by the handler
  • Full dentition–refers to an adult dog with all its teeth in and fully developed

G

  • Gait–the pattern of footfall–when used in a show ring setting, it describes the dog’s movement at a trot
  • Gaskin–lower second thigh
  • Goose stepping–a gaiting fault with an accentuated and seemingly careless lift in the forelegs
  • Guard hairs–the coarse outer coat on a double coated breed 
  • Gyp– A term used to describe a female dog instead of bitch. Usually used describe a maiden female dog

H

  • Hackles–hairs on the back and the back of the neck that the dog raises when alerted
  • Hackney gait–a fault in which the front legs are lifted high with an arching wrist
  • Hard knuckled–a tight foot with prominent arches in each of the toes
  • Hare foot–an elongated foot with little arch in the toes also called coon footed
  • Height–measured from the ground to the point of the withers
  • Hock–the collection of tarsal bones on the rear legs–the true heel
  • Hocking out–see “divergent hocks”
  • Hucklebones–top of hip bones
  • Humerus–bone of the upper arm 

I

  • Incisors–the smaller row of teeth between the two canines; present on both upper and lower jaws

J

  • Jowls–flesh of the lips and jaws

K

  • Knuckling over –a universal fault wher the carpal (wrist) bones flex forward under the weight of the dogs standing 

L

  • Laid Back ears–ears that are folded back against the head
  • Layback–term used to describe the dog’s front or rear angulation
  • Layon–the angle of the shoulder blade from the nearest vertical axis
  • Leopard–merle coloring (red or blue) There are different terms to explain the degrees of intensity and color. i.e. black leopard, blue leopard, red leopard
  • Leather–outer flap of the ear
  • Level bite–see “even bite”
  • Level gait–no rise or fall of the withers or topline when at a standard show ring gait
  • Liver–a color; deep brown
  • Loaded–pertaining to over development of certain groups of muscles
  • Loin–sides of the dog in the lumbar vertebrae region
  • Long backed–a term used to describe a dog the is too long.
  • Look out–when the dog looks away from the focus (i.e. hog, raccoon, ect) in the course of a field trial. Usually a minor point deduction
  • Looping–a dog that turns out in a circle when baying. Significant point deduction in hog bays.
  • Loose front–loose attachment of muscles to the shoulder, producing a gait in which the front is slung all about
  • Lumbar vertebrae–the vertebrae between thoracic (over ribs) and coccygeal (tail)
  • Lumber–an awkward, uncoordinated looking gait

M

  • Mandible–lower jaw bone
  • Manubrium–frontal area of the chest
  • Mask–dark shading on the face
  • Merle–color pattern; dark patching upon a lighter background
  • Metatarsus–smaller bone that makes up the hock
  • Milk teeth–puppy teeth
  • Moving close–when viewed from the rear or front, the legs move toward the centerline of the body while gaiting
  • Moving straight–describes a dog with little reach and drive in gaiting
  • Muzzle–foreface; head in front of the eyes 

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O

  • Occiput–point of the skull bone, back of head
  • Open Bay–a field trial event where one dog or a pair are in arena with a wild hog for which to demonstrate it’s style and ability to work and control said hog. An open trial is available to any breed of dog and cash prizes are rewarded. Often referred to a “money bay”
  • OFA–Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
  • OFA Certified– a dog’s hips have been x-rayed for hip dysplasia, a very common and debilitating genetic disease. also referred to as Hip Certified
  • Out at elbows–elbows turn outward, away from body, at a natural stance
  • Overdone–refers to a dog whose angulation is extreme; too much
  • Overhang–a heavily pronounced brow
  • Overreaching–a gaiting fault in which the rear legs must reach to one side or another to avoid clipping
  • Overshot–an overbite; upper incisors project beyond the lower ones 

P

  • Padding–a gaiting fault in which the front feet flip up and outward to avoid clipping with the rear
  • Paddling–caused by and east-west or in at the elbows front; front feet are slung stiffly outwards when gaiting
  • Pads–the thick leathery projections on the sole of the feet
  • Peak–see “occiput”
  • Pastern–region of the front leg between the carpus and the foot (the wrist)
  • Pelvis–hip bones
  • Pen dog–a dog that is used in competition open bays or sanctioned trial bays almost exclusively. More often than not the dog is not used for actual hunting (Comment: this is not good or bad, it’s just what these dogs are trained for)
  • Piebald– black and white or two other colors in patches.
  • Pigeon toed–feet (front or rear) pointing inwards, towards each other
  • Pig mouth–see “overshot”
  • Pincer bit–see “even bite”
  • Planes–referring to the head, the plane of the muzzle and the plane of the topskull
  • Planing–the comparison of the angles of the two planes of the head
  • Poke–neck carried low and outwards when gaiting
  • Popping hock–gaiting fault describing an accentuated lift of the hock portion just after full extension of the rear
  • Pounding–gaiting fault; front stride is shorter than the rear, front feet pound the ground in an ungainly manner
  • Pressuring–the act of baying too close and stressing the hog often enough to make it brake the set up.
  • Prick ear–an erect or upright ear
  • Puppyish–immature in overall conformation (i.e. no spring of ribs, or loose front action–typical traits of puppies)

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R

  • Racy–tall and of a lithe, slight build
  • Ragged–muscling appears rough and ragged, instead of smooth
  • Rangy–unproportionally tall, long, and of a lighter build than is desired
  • Rat tail–thick root covered in curly hair, tapering to a sharp point w/ little to no hair
  • Reach–describes the length of forward stride taken by the forelegs when in motion
  • Refinement–pertaining to the amount of raciness
  • Restricted–a gaiting fault caused by under angulation where either the front or the rear appears painfully constricted
  • Ribbed up–a long rib cage
  • Ring tail–carried up and in a semi-circle over the croup
  • Roach back–a noticeable arch over the thoracic and lumbar regions
  • Rolling–a gait in which the rear seems to be swaying and ambling along
  • Rubber hocks–a gaiting fault in which the hocks flex and twist both ways to bear the weight of the rear
  • Rudder–another term for the tail
  • Ruff–the thick. lush hair growth around the neck in some breeds 

S

  • Sable–color pattern; silver, gold, tawny, or gray hairs tipped in black
  • Sacrum–vertebrae of the pelvic girdle
  • Saddle–large black marking over the back
  • Scissors bite–a bite type; the outer surfaces of the lower incisors touches the inner surfaces of the upper incisors
  • Set up–the act of settling into a bay.
  • Set up hog–a hog that backs up to the fence and waits out the bay.
  • Sickle hocks–straight, restricted hock joints resulting in inability to full straighten hocks while gaiting
  • Sickle tail–carried out an in a semi-circle
  • Single tracking–all footprints falling upon a single, central line of travel while gaiting
  • Slab sides–flat, under sprung ribs
  • Slew foot–general term for feet turned outwards
  • Smooth coat–a very short, tight fitting and slick single layer coat
  • Snipey–a pointed muzzle lacking proper fill and under jaw
  • Splay foot–a flat foot with toes spread apart from each other also called coon footed
  • Spring–refers to the amount of roundness to the rib cage
  • Spread–the distance between the front legs
  • Standard– the official blueprint for a breed.
  • Steep croup–a croup which makes a dramatic slope from the hip bones to the root of the tail
  • Stern–another term for the tail
  • Sternum–breastbone
  • Stifle–kneecap
  • Stilted–a gaiting style; very choppy with lots of up and down bounce due to straight angulation
  • Stop–the indentation between the eyes; the step up from the muzzle plane to the skull plane
  • Straight front–too little angulation in the front
  • Straight in the pastern–not enough give in the pastern area when in a natural stance
  • Stud dog–a male dog used for breeding purposes
  • Substance–pertaining the the amount of bone
  • Sway back–a noticeably concave topline 

T

  • Thoracic vertebrae–the vertebrae that make up the spine over the rib cage area
  • Tibia–the smaller of the two major bones in the hock
  • Tied at the elbows–see “paddling”
  • Topline–the horizontal made by the top of the withers through the bottom of the croup
  • Treeing–the act of barking at a raccoon in the tree or a trial in which a caged raccoon is raised to a specific height for which the dog to bay, demonstrating it’s focus and drive in baying said raccoon.
  • Tuck up–the shallower depth of body beneath the loin area
  • Twisting hocks–see “rubber hocks”
  • Type–the characteristic physical qualities that distinguish one breed from another
  • Typey–a specimen with outstanding breed type

U

  • Ulna–the smaller of two major bones in the forearm
  • Underline–the contour of the underside of the brisket and the abdominal floor
  • Undershot–an underbite, opposite of overshot
  • Unsound–a dog with one or more severe conformational or health faults that would render it incapable of working

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W

  • Webbed–a thin but solid membrane between all toes
  • Well let down–having short hocks
  • Wheel back–see “roach back”
  • Whip tail–a long, straight, evenly tapering, smooth coated tail
  • Winging–a gaiting fault in which one or both front limbs twist outward
  • Win tag– the named affectionately given to the little brass tags awarded ad NALC events.
  • Win tag Gods– the gods of the win tags. They really don’t do too much, although, they have been known to cast bad luck on individuals who don’t mount their win tags in a timely manner on the plaques given out at the show for which to mount your win tags. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
  • Withers–the region between the neck and the back
  • Woods dog–a dog that is uses almost exclusively for hunting hogs in the woods or swamps. With a few exceptions these dogs do not usually perform well in A-bays or B-bays and other unnatural conditions. (Comment: it’s not good or bad it’s just what they are trained for)

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Compared Standards

April 6th, 2012

I am often asked about what the differences are in the standard for National Association of Louisiana and the United Kennel Club.  There are small differences and it is difficult to explain without looking at them side by side.   So I have provided a side by side comparison. I hope this helps.  I also included a diagram to help with terminology that you may not know.

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Louisiana Catahoula is a medium-large dog, well muscled, yet trim, powerful, but denoting agility and great endurance. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is a medium to medium-large, short-coated dog, with a broad head, small-to-medium drop ears, and an undocked tail set on as a natural extension of the topline. The Catahoula is well muscled and powerful, but not bulky, giving the impression of agility and endurance. The Catahoula is a moderate breed and should not resemble either a sighthound or a bulldog in appearance. The body is just slightly longer than tall and the distance from the elbow to the ground should equal 50-60 percent of the dog’s height from the withers to the ground. Because of the breed’s name, many people assume that all Catahoulas have the so-called “leopard” markings and blue eyes. In fact, the breed is noted for its many and unusual coat colors and patterns, as well as varied eye color. The Catahoula should be evaluated as a multi-purpose working dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work. The essence of this is simply this. Looking at the dog, do it give you the impression that it could sufficiently perform the tasks the breed was created to do.

HEAD

Powerfully built with well developed cheeks The head is powerfully built without appearing exaggerated. Viewed from the side, the length of skull and muzzle are approximately equal in length, and joined by a well-defined stop of moderate length. The planes of the top skull and the bridge of the muzzle are roughly parallel to one another. There may be a slight median furrow between the eyes and running back to the occipital bone. Gender differences should be apparent in the characteristics of the head.SKULL – The skull is broad and flat. The cheeks are well developed. Fault: Excessively broad skull; narrow skull.

MUZZLE

The muzzle should be strong, deep and approximately equal in length to the top skull as measured from the stop to the occiput bone.  The muzzle should be broad at the base and taper towards the nose when viewed from the front. The muzzle is strong and deep. Viewed from above, the muzzle is moderately wide and tapering toward the nose. Lips may be tight or slightly pendulous with pigment of any color or combination of colors.Faults: Snipey muzzle.

BITE

The bite should be a strong scissor bite, with a level bite being acceptable. Complete dentition is greatly desired, however broken teeth are not to be faulted. SERIOUS FAULTS: Overshot or undershot bite. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth. A scissors bite is preferred but a level bite is acceptable. Full dentition is greatly desired but dogs are not to be penalized for worn or broken teeth. Serious Faults: Overshot or undershot bite.  

NOSE

  Nose pigment may be any color or combination of colors.  

EYES

Glass eyes are preferred although the eyes may be of any color or combination of colors. The eyes do not have to be the same color and may have partial glass in one or both eyes, commonly known as “cracks”.Serious faults: Malformed or acentric formation of the eyes. Eyes are set moderately well apart, medium in size, somewhat rounded in appearance, and are set well into the skull. Eyes may be any color or combination of colors without preference. Eye rims are tight and may be any color or combination of colors. Serious faults: Malformed pupils; pupils not centered; sagging eyelids making haw visible; functional abnormality of eyelids or eyelashes. Note that there is a small but significant difference between the two versions.In my opinion, NO eye color should be preferred.

EARS

The ears should be short to medium in length with the tip of the ear being set level or slightly below the top of the head. Properly hung ears, with the inner edge of the ear lying close to the cheek are to be preferred. “Laid-Back” ears are acceptable.FAULTS: Fly-away or houndish earsDisqualification: Cropped ears. Ears are drop, short to medium in length, moderate in size, and proportionally wide at the base, gradually tapering to the slightly rounded tip. They should fold over and be generally triangular in shape. The top of the ear fold is level or just slightly below the top line of the skull. When the dog is at attention, the inner edge of the ear lies close to the cheek. Laid-back ears are acceptable but not preferred. Faults: Any ear type other than described above. Disqualification: Cropped ears.  

NECK

The neck should be muscular and of good length. The neck is muscular and of good length, without being overdone. The circumference of the neck widens from the nape to where the neck blends smoothly into the shoulders.Faults: Neck too short and thick or too thin and weak; excess skin forming dewlap.  

FOREQUARTERS

The length of the foreleg should be 50-60% of the total height of the dog as measured from the ground to the top of the withers. The shoulders should be well laid back with an upper arm bone of ample length. The forelegs should be set moderately far apart and the front feet should toe neither in nor out. The shoulders are strong and smoothly muscled. The shoulder blades are long, wide, flat and well laid back. The upper arm is roughly equal in length to the shoulder blade and joins it at an angle sufficient to ensure that the foot falls under the withers. The elbows are close to the body and do not turn out. The forelegs are straight, and of medium bone, indicating strength without excessive thickness. Pasterns are strong, short, and slightly sloping. The length of the forelegs should roughly equal 50-60% of the dog’s height at the withers. A dog with legs shorter than the ideal is to be more heavily penalized than a dog with longer legs. Faults: Forequarters significantly heavier than hindquarters; bone too heavy or too fine; straight shoulders; out at elbows; weak pasterns.  

BODY

The back should be strong and well muscled, level and of medium, length. The chest should be deep reaching below the elbow. The chest should be fairly broad with well sprung ribs. The underline should have tuck-up in the loin area to a moderate degree. A properly proportioned Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is slightly longer than tall. The top line inclines very slightly downward from well-developed withers to a level back. The back is broad and well muscled with a short, strong, slightly arched loin. A slightly longer loin is acceptable in females. The ribs extend well back and are well sprung out from the spine. The chest is deep, reaching at least to the elbows, and moderately broad. When viewed from the side, the forechest extends in a shallow oval shape in front of the forelegs. Tuck-up is apparent but not exaggerated. Croup is medium to long and slightly sloping. A slightly elevated rear resulting from slightly straighter rear angulation should not be penalized too severely. Faults: Chest too broad, too narrow or too shallow; soft top line; exaggerated or absent tuck-up; loin too long.  

HINDQUARTERS

The croup should be medium to long in length and slightly sloping with the tail having a meduim to high set. The stifles should be well angulated and the hocks should be set low to the ground. The hocks should turn neither in nor out when viewed from the rear.SERIOUS FAULTS: Dogs being either natural bobtail or having the tail docked
Hindquarters are strong and smoothly muscled. Width and angulation of hindquarters are in balance with the forequarters.
HIND LEGS – The stifles are well bent, and the hocks are well let down. When the dog is standing, the short, strong rear pasterns are perpendicular to the ground and, viewed from the rear, parallel to one another.Faults: Thin, weak hindquarters; cow-hocked; open-hocked.
TAIL: The tail is a natural extension of the topline. It is thicker at the base, and tapers to the tip. Natural bob tails are permitted, but not preferred. The natural bob tail, regardless of length, will taper in width from base to tip. A full length tail may be carried upright with the tip curving forward when the dog is moving or alert. When the dog is relaxed, the tail hangs naturally, reaching to the hock joint. Catahoulas should be allowed to carry their tails naturally when being shown. Exhibitors should not hold tails upright. Fault: Ringed tail. Docked Tail Disqualification: Complete Absence of a tail ( No External coccygeal vertebrae evident).

The Bobtail controversy is a subject that will not be addressed here. Strong arguments can be found on both sides of the issue. I’m not even touching that one.The issue of a Hooked tail should be discussed in another article. Maybe I’ll get to that.

FEET

The feet should be strong and moderate in length. Good webbing between the toes should be evident. Dew claws may be present or removed but if present should be uniform.Faults: Cat-footed or Coon-footed Good feet are essential for a working dog. Feet are well knit and oval in shape. Toes are long, webbed and well arched. Pads are thick and hard. Nails are strong. Dewclaws may be removed. Fault: Cat foot.  

COAT

The coat-length should be short to medium in length. Color – Leopards to be preferred and may come in blue, grey, black, liver, red, white and patched. Trim may be black, white. tan, red or buff. Solid colors acceptable are black, yellow, red and chocolate.DISQUALIFICATION: Long or fuzzy coated dogs The Catahoula has a single coat, short to medium in length that lies flat and close to the body. Texture ranges from smooth to coarse, without preference.

Catahoulas come in an endless variety of coat colors and patterns. All color combinations and patterns can have color points or trim, which may be located on the chest, cheeks, above the eyes, on the legs, underbody or under the tail. The Leopard pattern has a base color with contrasting spots of one or more other colors. Solids have a single coat color. Brindles may have a light or dark base coat color with contrasting stripes. The Patchwork pattern may or may not have one predominant solid color with one or more different size patches of different colors and shades placed randomly on the body. Colors must be rich and deep. No coat color or pattern is preferred.

Fault: Washed out colors.

Serious fault: 70 percent or more white.

Disqualification: 90 percent or more white coat color; solid white head; albinism.

Disqualification: Long coat; fuzzy coat that obscures the outline of the dog

I agree with the UKC’s stand on coat color.Washed out colors is an ongoing issue that should be discussed in another article.

GAIT

The gait should be smooth and effortless denoting agility. Single tracking at a trot is acceptable. When trotting, the gait is smooth, fluid and effortless, showing good but not exaggerated reach in front and powerful drive behind. The top line remains level with only a slight flexing to indicate suppleness. Viewed from any position, legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other. As speed increases, feet tend to converge toward center line of balance. Poor movement should be penalized to the degree to which it reduces the Catahoula’s ability to perform the tasks it was bred to do.  

SIZE

Males should measure 22-26 inches (55.8cm – 66.0cm). Females should measure 20-24 inches (50.8cm – 60.9cm).FAULTS: Animals being oversize or undersize Ideal height at maturity for males is 24 inches and for females, 22 inches, with a variation of two inches either way acceptable. Weight may range from 50 to 95 pounds, in proportion to the dog’s height. The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog must be both powerful and agile so actual weight and height are less important than the correct proportion of weight to height. Catahoulas should always be presented in hard, working condition. Any deviation from the ideal must be judged by the extent of the deviation, and the effect it has on the dog’s ability to work.  

Dog Show in Folsom, Louisiana April 14-15

April 6th, 2012

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THE GREAT SOUTHERN KENNEL CLUB will be hosting a UKC show in Folsom. Louisiana.

This is a conformation show and they will be offering Junior Showmanship.

Offered at all events: JS GUARD SCENT SIGHT GUN NORTH HERD (except BSD) TERR COMP
Apr 14; S1 Danny Bussard Entries 8-9 am Show 9:30 am
Apr 14; S2 John Booth Entries 8-9 am Show 10:30 am
Apr 15; S1 Theresa Werder Entries 8-9 am Show 9:30 am
Apr 15; S2 Dorothy Jacobs Entries 8-9 am Show 10:30 am
DOS $25; JS $10; PE $20 received by April 6, 2012
Magnolia Park Recreation Center, 13296 Highway 40 70437

(985) 796-5076;

Directions: 1st stop light in Folsom, take left. 1 block off Hwy 25 on left.

For more information : www.thegskc.com
Chairperson: Brian Hollis
Event Secretary: Gwen Hollis, PO Box 193, Roseland LA 70456 (985) 974-6429 hollisgwennie@aol.com

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