Pooahoula

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Pooda Houla

A brief presentation of the Pooahoula

The Pooahoula is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Catahoula Leopard Dog. The hybrid is most often between the Standard Poodle and the Catahoula Leopard Dog, but Miniature Poodles can be used to reduce the size of the dog. The Pooahoula has a striking appearance that often resembles the Catahoula Leopard Dog with its multicolored coat and ice-blue eyes. The Pooahoula tends to overeat and can put on extra weight. However, this is an active breed that burns energy quickly. Owners should always be aware of the amount of food they give their Pooahoula, and prohibit exercise after eating to avoid bloating.

History of the Pooahoula

Little is known about the Pooahoula, mainly because of the rarity of the Catahoula Leopard Dog. The Pooahoula is a hybrid of the Poodle and the Catahoula Leopard Dog. Standard and miniature Poodles are used for this hybrid, and the Poodahoula most often resembles the Catahoula in its characteristics. Owners and those interested in learning more about the Pooahoula won't find much information in the hybrid, but they can review the stories or parent breeds for an overview.

 

        

A little of the Poodle

        
Unlike the Catahoula Leopard Dog, which is rare and little-known, the Poodle is a household name and a favorite dog. The Standard Poodle developed in Germany in the 15th century as a waterfowl dog, as did the Miniature and Toy Poodles. However, the Poodle's history goes back much further into antiquity. The French also claim responsibility for the modern Poodle and may have affected the breed by selecting companion traits rather than waterfowl traits. The Poodle, despite its long history, was not well known in the USA until after the Second World War, although the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1887. However, the Poodle quickly gained notoriety in the 1950s and held the number 1 position in the breed rankings for two decades. Today, the Poodle is still considered one of the top dogs on the AKC breed list.
Standard of the Poodle

 

        

A little of the Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is an American dog that developed in northern Louisiana near Lake Catahoula. It is thought that native dogs living in the southeastern United States crossed with Blood Hounds and Greyhounds from Europe to produce the modern-day Catahoula Leopard Dog. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but the United Kennel Club does recognize the breed. Although not fully recognized, the AKC has allowed Foundation Stock Service registrations since 1996.
Presentation of the Catahoula Leopard Dog

Appearance of the Pooahoula

The Pooahoula is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Catahoula Leopard Dog, and can resemble either parent. The Pooahoula can vary in size from medium to large, depending on the Poodle parent used for the cross. The hybrid has straight legs and a strong body with a tail that curls over the back. The coat is short and dense and varies in color, but can have medium-length curly hairs. The Pooahoula's head is medium-sized with a long, thin muzzle and black nose, and its eyes can be any shade, including ice blue. The Pooaholua's ears are long and hang low on the head with moderate feathering.

Temperament of the Pooahoula

The Pooahoula is a family dog that won't tolerate being left alone. They are affectionate with children. The Pooahoula is slightly wary of strangers, but with just enough curiosity to allow them to familiarize themselves with new people. They are never aggressive or shy dogs. The Pooahoula may not enjoy the company of other dogs, but early and consistent socialization will help this hybrid adapt to life with other pets, including cats. Exposure to other dogs, people and places will give the Pooahoula more confidence and experience and can soften any unfriendly traits. Pooahoula training can also vary in difficulty, but consistent training from a confident owner will greatly improve the Pooahoula's trainability.

Needs and activities of the Pooahoula

The Pooahoula is an active dog that loves to be outdoors, but should never be left alone. They love to run, and a large backyard is ideal for this hybrid. The Pooahoula needs at least two walks a day and can pull on the leash, so it needs a firm walking partner who can gently control it. Trips to the dog park are great ways for the Pooahoula to burn off energy and meet other dogs. however, be aware of all interactions with dogs, as this hybrid may not be as dog-friendly as others. The Pooahoula is not well suited to apartment living due to its size and the exercise required, and this hybrid prefers a warmer to cooler climate.

Maintenance of the Pooahoula

Pooahoula maintenance is easy, especially if the coat resembles the Catahoula Leopard Dog. Their coats are short, with dense, glossy hairs that don't trap dirt and debris. Weekly brushing easily removes any dirt and keeps the coat shiny and smooth. The Pooahoula may have slightly longer hairs around its ears that require special attention when grooming. Dirt, build-up and moisture can accumulate in the ears, which, if not cleaned, can lead to ear infections. The Pooahoula's coat doesn't shed much, and it can have hypoallergenic qualities thanks to its Poodle parent.

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