The American Leopard Hound is lovable and easy going when it’s not on a hunt. This hunting hound has been used for going after everything from wild boar to bear, intimidating the prey with eye contact until the hunter arrives.
American Leopard Hound History
The exact origins of the breed remain unknown however, it is one of the oldest tree dog breeds in the Americas. The belief that dogs that were brought over by Spanish conquistadors were bred with dogs from Mexico and then found their way to the United States in the 1800s, where the breed continued to evolve into what it is today.
The breed came close to extinction in the 1950s and an effort was made to find purebreds and breed them to revive the breed. The cause for the endangerment came earlier in the 20th century when the dogs were being bred with other breeds due to a decline in numbers.
American Leopard Hound Characteristics
The American Leopard Hound is a medium sized dog around 21 to 27 inches and weighing between 35 to 75 pounds, with the males being taller and heavier than the females.
The breed can have a variety of different looks, with one main characteristic; patchy fur, which can be brindle, merle, tan, or white. They can have blue, brown or amber eyes, and a black or brown nose. Black, blue, brown, gray, red, and yellow are all breed standards for fur coloring.
American Leopard Hound Temperament/Personality
The American Leopard Hound is an optimal family companion breed that is very loving towards its family, always wanting to please. They are great around children and tend to become very protective of them and you need to make sure they don’t become too protective of them as they can interfere when children are playing with their friends.
With proper socialization and training, the American Leopard Hound can be housed with other pets, the main issue being its high prey drive. Chances are if it comes across a smaller animal that it’s a stranger to, they will more than likely chase them.
Caring for American Leopard Hound
There’s not much to worry about when it comes to caring for your American Bull Terrier. They’re a relatively low maintenance and healthy breed, only needing regular care that all breeds need.
American Leopard Hound Nutrition
American Leopard Hounds should be fed between 2 ½ to 4 cups of high-quality kibble, split into at least two meals daily. Look for kibble with high protein and adjust the food amount if you notice your dog getting too heavy as this breed tend to gain weight.
American Leopard Hound Grooming
The American Leopard Hound has a double coat that doesn’t require much bathing or brushing. Weekly brushing will help get rid of any dirt and debris and remove any loose fur that might otherwise collect on your clothes and furniture. Instead of bathing, rub them down with a wet cloth every so often, unless they are extremely dirty.
American Leopard Hound Activity Levels
The American Leopard Hounds are extremely active dogs and are not recommended for those who are unable to provide them with the exercise, and space, they need. These are definitely not apartment dogs. The breed needs at least an hour of vigorous exercise each day and are most happy when given a meaningful job to do.
American Leopard Hound Maintenance
Once a week check your American Leopard Hound’s ears for moisture and any dirt or debris and clean them. Regular oral care should be a part of their regular maintenance as well. Every so often check the length of their nails, however, most often they will be kept to a good length due to natural wearing.
American Leopard Hound Health
The American Leopard Hound is a relatively healthy dog, with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. To prevent any eye or hearing problems it is recommended to not two merle, or patterned, dogs together as double merles are more likely to have health issues.
Breeds Similar to American Leopard Hound
- Tree Walking Coonhound
- Catahoula Leopard Dog
- Treeing Tennessee Brindle
- Mountain Cur
- Bluetick Coonhound
- German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla
- American Foxhound