Pooahoula: Catahoula Poodle Mix

Pooahoula: Catahoula Poodle Mix

The Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Catahoula Leopard Dog and the Poodle (Miniature). Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is known for being energetic, inquisitive, and intelligent. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Catahoula Leopard Dog or the Poodle (Miniature)? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix.

Pooda Houla | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Pooda Houla | Dog Breed Facts and Information

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix puppies for sale.

Pooahoula | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Pooahoula | Dog Breed Facts and Information

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Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix
Catahoula Leopard Dog Poodle (Miniature) Mix

Catahoula Poodle Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Poodle (Miniature) History

The Poodle originally came from Germany, just like the Rottweiler. So, this is a German sucker. The other names it goes by are the Pudelhund or the Caniche. What this is referring to is the Miniature Poodle. They were initially bred for collecting waterfowl for hunters. They are known for being extremely intelligent as well as very good swimmers. Their funky haircuts came about to make them more buoyant in the water. While there are three sizes of Poodle they are not individual breeds just small Poodles bred to get small Papillon Poodles. They are hypo-allergenic so are good for families with allergies and are highly intelligent and eager to please which means they are good at training and learning. They are loyal and good natured dogs but highly energetic so need a lot of stimulation and exercise.

Catahoula Leopard Dog History

The Catahoula comes from North Central Louisiana. The area is around the Catahoula Lake from which it got its name. The word Catahoula is of Choctaw Indian origin and means “sacred lake”, many people still think that the dog descends from Native American dogs that were in that area for centuries. It is obviously the offspring by breeding many different breeds of dogs that over time became the Catahoula Leopard Dog. The first settlers to that area of Louisiana found the woods full of wild hogs as well as these Indian dogs that were indigenous to the area. In fact there were so many wild hogs in the woods that they were considered to be a nuisance and of little value. The dogs were quickly domesticated to help hunt the hogs.

Catahoula Poodle Mix size and Weight

Poodle (Miniature)

  • Height: 10 – 15 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 10 – 15 lb.
  • Lifespan: 10 – 18 years

Catahoula Leopard Dog

  • Height: 20 – 24 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 35 – 82 lb.
  • Lifespan: 10 – 14 years

Catahoula Poodle Mix Personality

The Catahoula Leopard Dog and the Poodle (Miniature) might be a little bit spunky. They can be an inquisitive little fella so keep on the lookout for that behavior! All dogs need attention and don’t want to be left alone. That’s why you have a pet, right? Plan on putting forth effort to socialize her as this will reap dividends in the long run. Please use always use positive reinforcement even though they can have a mind of their own. Enjoy being with your new mixed breed and love the relationship you will have with them.

Catahoula Poodle Mix health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Catahoula Leopard Dog mixed with the Poodle (Miniature) might be prone to hip dysplasia, deafness, eye problems, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.

Catahoula Poodle Mix Care

What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

The Pooahoula is an active dog that loves being outside but should never be left alone. They enjoy running, and a large backyard is ideal for this hybrid. The Pooahoula needs at least two walks a day and may pull on the leash so they require a firm walking partner who can keep them in gentle check. Trips to the dog park are excellent ways for the Pooahoula to burn energy and meet other dogs; however, be mindful of all dog interaction because this hybrid may not be as dog-friendly as others. The Pooahoula is not well-suited for apartment living due to its size and exercise requires, and this hybrid prefers a warmer climate to the cool one.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.

Catahoula Poodle Mix Feeding

“A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.”

Final Thoughts

The Pooahoula is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Catahoula Cur, also known as the Lousiana Catahoula Cur. The hybrid is most often between Standard Poodle and the Catahoula Cur, but Miniature Poodles may be used to reduce the size of the dog. The Pooahoula has a striking appearance that often resembles the Catahoula Cur with its multi-colored coat and ice blue eyes. The Pooahoula does tend to overeat and may put on additional weight. However, this is an active breed that burns energy fast. Owners should always be mindful of how much food they give their Pooahoula and prohibit exercise after eating to prevent bloat.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.


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