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Currant Catahoulas

Australiaís leading breeder of quality purebred Catahoula Leopard Dogs in Queensland, Australia.

Certified breeders with the National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas (NALC).

We donít just talk about breeding proven hunting dogs and improving the quality of the bloodlines in AustraliaÖÖ..
WE'VE ALREADY DONE IT!

About us

Hi! Iím Andrew from Currant Catahoulas. My wife, Natasha, and I live on nearly 200 acres of sugar cane fields in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I have been hunting for more years than I care to remember but when I discovered the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog (Catahoula) several years ago, I discovered just how amazing they were at helping me to hunt more effectively. I hunt in the sugar cane a lot but I also make time to go out west as much as possible. We also use our dogs to guard our business and our home, and to help us when out and about on the farm. Best of all, our dogs are beloved pets.

We breed only quality, purebred Catahoulas from proven hunting lines. Because of this we have deliberately steered our breeding program to include a new bloodline direct from the United States; a Champion of Champions in Hog Bay (A), conformation and treeing. He also has the best PennHIP score known to any Catahoula. This means that this line has a decreased chance of developing hip dysplasia and other hip deformities. We have also chosen dogs with more stamina and a more solid build. We are concerned with providing Catahoulas that have both desirable hunting qualities as well as a pleasant temperament because many of our dogs are household pets as well. We do not breed dogs specifically for good looking eye or coat colours.

Hunting with a Catahoula

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a working and hunting dog at heart. Bred from a combination of Mastiff, Greyhound, Beauceron and American Red Wolf, Catahoulas have been selectively bred to incorporate the best traits needed to be effective hunting and working dogs.

Catahoulas can be introduced to hunting quite early on. There is no need to wait until they are a couple of years old. Do basic obedience for the first 6 months or so and then take them out to get used to the ute, quad, sound of a gun shot, how you use your dogs etc. Catahoulas are very quick learners and will get the jist of hunting very early on. However, it is important that the dog is not worked too hard in the first 12 months as they are still growing and developing.
Training your Catahoula Leopard Dog is to be done very carefully. Because of the loyal and gentle nature of the dogs, they respond best to gentle and assertive training. Being heavy-handed with a Catahoula will do more harm than good and produce a very scared and timid dog.

The most significant trait about using Catahoulas to hunt with is that they are predominantly finder-bailers. This is because their nose is their best asset and they can bail a pig up for a longer period of time. Catahoulas will only run a hot trail of no more
than one to two hours old and they will do this off the back of the ute, quad, walking, you name it. Catahoulas will hang if they are taken out with other hanging dogs, but their instinct is to bail. The advantages of using Catahoulas as bailing dogs is that they can find pigs better with their nose, and the dogs rarely get injured. However, it is still important to use breast plates or T-plates for better protection for your dog.

When I first took my dogs out west I got some tracking collars but this wasnít very necessary due to the nature of the dog. Catahoulas are, by nature, very loyal to their master and will always come back to your side. It helps that they only track fresh scents too, so there is little worry that your dog will not return. I have never lost a dog yet as they always come back. However, Catahoulas are a working dog and have a high level of energy which needs to be expended on a regular basis otherwise your backyard will suffer, they will try to escape or they may be more unruly when out hunting as any dog is when they haven't been exercised sufficiently.

Catahoulas are good in any type of terrain whether it be open scrubs or stubble, mountain terrain, or sugar cane. I use a combination of the ute, quad and walking when I go out depending on the type of ground and coverage. Out here in the sugar cane I mostly walk with the dogs once Iíve found tracks. I know that if they leave my sight that they have a scent and that it must be close.

Physically, Catahoulas have webbed feet which helps them to navigate swampy areas or muddy ground. Because of this they are also good swimmers and love being in the water. Their pads can be any combination of pink and/or black. However, contrary to popular belief, pink pads are no softer or less durable than black ones. Their coat is a short, single coat, which requires little to no grooming. This means that their short coat is good in the hot of summer but they can suffer in the cold and should be kept in warm shelter during this time.

Although I do hunt out west as often as I can, I find it much more convenient and I prefer the challenge that it provides me and my dogs with. Cane fields give the pig more of an advantage than the hunter. Some blocks are between 10 to 30 acres big giving the pig plenty of room to run in and they have more areas to hide in. The cane is also noisy which reduces the element of surprise. In the cane where I am on the Gold Coast, the pigs donít tend to smell as much as they do out west which really puts my dogsí nose to the test. They also tend to be bigger because there is more quality feed around. Overall, I find that having finder-bailers is completely suitable to hunting in the cane as it is much harder to hang when you also have to wrestle with the cane rather than occasional trees and scrubs.

Pups and Working Dogs

We do have Catahoula pups available at certain times of the year. We only breed a select number of litters per year depending on the number of orders placed first. We suggest that you place your order early to avoid disappointment.

We also have adult Catahoula dogs available at times although these are highly sought after. Occasionally we keep and train dogs to adulthood. We also receive Catahoula rescue dogs from across Australia. We train them in basic obedience and/or hunting and find them a new permanent home.

 



For more information on using Catahoula Leopard Dogs for hunting, working, guarding or just as a pet, contact us at:

Currant Catahoulas

Andrew and Natasha Currant

NALC Certified Breeders

PO Box 190 ORMEAU QLD 4208 AUSTRALIA

Ph: 0414 458 175

Email:
info@currantcatahoulas.com.au

 

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