Being a mashup of multiple dog breeds, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is a generally healthy pooch, and with proper care, you can expect your Catahoula to have a lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
Still, no dog breed is perfectly healthy, and therefore, the Catahoula can still be affected by some of the common health problems that affect other dog breeds, such as…
Like most medium to large size dogs, the Catahoula Leopard Dog is at an increased risk of suffering from hip dysplasia, a condition resulting from a malformed hip joint.
In mild cases, this condition can pass unnoticed. In extreme cases, however, it will eventually lead to arthritis or lameness.
Catahoula Leopard Dogs have the merle recessive gene, which has also been associated with deafness in dogs. Therefore, there is a possibility that your Catahoula could develop deafness, either in both ears or in one ear.
As a precaution, it is good to have a doggie’s hearing tested before you decide to buy or adopt the dog.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog has also been found to be at a high risk of suffering from hypothyroidism, a condition that is caused by less-than-adequate production of thyroid hormone.
Some signs that your pooch could be suffering from hypothyroidism include hair loss, dry skin, increase in skin infections, increased aggression or fearfulness, and sudden increase in weight. Fortunately, the condition can be managed through medication.
Other Health Issues
Catahoulas are also susceptible to dental problems, obesity, diabetes, eosinophilic panosteitis, and cancer.