Louisiana Pollywogs - The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Louisiana Songs for Kids!



The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Performed by Don Abney and his Catahoulas

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

The National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas became incorporated as a non-profit organization on October 10th, 1977. On July 9th, 1979, Governor Edwin Edwards signed a bill making the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog the State Dog of Louisiana. There are those who have lived in Louisiana all their lives and do not know what a Catahoula is or what one even looks like.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Since there are a lot of marshy areas in Louisiana, the Catahoula with his webbed feet and desire to work made him the perfect dog for this terrain. The Catahoulas' origin is based on the fact that DeSoto brought Spanish war dogs with him to the United States and that the Indians crossed them with the red wolf in Louisiana. It doesn't make any difference if the dog works livestock, guards, hunts, or is just the family pet. You're going to hear what a fine outstanding dog he is.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

In the early 1900s, President Theodore Roosevelt came to Louisiana on a hunting trip and was introduced to a pair of Catahoulas. It was on this trip that the president refused to shoot a Louisiana Black Bear, thereby giving birth to a stuffed animal that would become known as the "Teddy Bear."

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

I believe the Catahoula has the spirit of the wolf, the speed of the Greyhound, the strength of the Mastiff and the assertiveness of the Beauceron. All this is piled into a loving, intelligent and loyal companion who wants nothing more than to please his master.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

The light-blue-colored eyes of the Catahoula are not really a color at all. It is a lack of pigmentation that causes the eye to appear like glass. What you are actually seeing is the back of the eye. This is the reason the eye will show red when light hits it in the dark. You are actually seeing the blood vessels. These are some of the finest dogs I have ever been in contact with. They are loving, loyal, protective and at times, a real pain in the neck.

Chorus: Runnin' through the swamps, jumpin' over cypress logs - Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

(Text from the book, "The Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog," used by permission from author Don Abney and Doral Publishing, Inc. The book is available at bookstores everywhere and on the internet. Doral Publishing: www.DoralPub.com and Don Abney's Catahoulas: www.DonAbney.com)




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