Height: 21-27 in.
Weight: 45-70 lbs
Color: Brindle, Merle, Solid, Bi-Color: black, tan, blue, yellow, red
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Temperament: Affectionate, loyal, intelligent, instinctive, fast, protective
Original Use: All-purpose; hunting
The American Leopard Hound is a medium to large sized all-purpose hunting dog, ultimately bred for its temperament and strong tracking abilities. The exact history of the breed is unknown, however, they’re ancestors are thought to have arrived alongside the Spanish conquistadors. American Leopard Hounds have been used throughout American history for hunting a variety of both ground and tree prey as well as rounding up and herding livestock.
American Leopard Hounds are exceptionally intelligent and brave, and strong enough to traverse all kinds of terrain—and climb trees with ease. Unlike other breeds of hounds, the American Leopard is extremely loving and affectionate towards their families, protective of children, and eager to please. They will along well with other dogs and animals when socialized from a young age, but are known to chase smaller animals if not trained properly.
As a working breed of dog, American Leopard Hounds must be rigorously exercised for at least one hour daily. They are at their best when they have a “meaningful” task to perform each day. They also have an independent streak, therefore, it’s crucial to establish yourself as the pack leader. Otherwise, they’ll assume the role which can lead to behavioral problems.