|Country of Origin:
|United states of America
|AKC: Herding breed group UKC: FSS
|Height: 50.8 – 66 cm (20–26″ inches) Weight: 40 and 90 lbs
|10 – 14 Years
|Daily walk, jog, hike or run
|Require firm guidance
|Yellow, black, brindle, red, blue or mouse color
Even though it is known very few about the origin of this dog breed, the American Leopard Hound is considered to be among the oldest dog breed in the US. Despite of that, it was officially recognized only in the 1960s. Today there are many dog enthusiasts who love to make up stories and their own conclusion on how this breed actually developed. The American Leopard Hound is a medium sized dog. These dogs are very smart therefore intelligence is among their best attributes.
These dogs are medium to large in size, and their body is slightly longer than tall. They have long legs, and this tells enough about their ability to run and move fast even in rough terrains. Forelegs are straight and strong. They have broad head and a muzzle of moderate length. The head is proportionate to the size of their body. The muzzle is shorter than the skull and mouth area is dark pigmented. The neck of American Leopard Hound is strong and well muscled. Their ears are high and set drop, short to medium length. The eyes are round and set wide apart, and can be in yellow shades or brown color. The expression of their eyes is soft and appealing. The fur is short and dense, while the undercoat is woolly and fine. In the end, their tail is set low and can be of any length. Overall, this is a hunting dog which has proven to have very valuable working abilities.
As for their color, American Leopard Hounds can be found in leopard pattern, red/blue color or mouse color. In competitions, no more than 1/3 of white is allowed.
Males can grow up to measure between 22 and 27 inches while females are normally between 21 to 25 inches. Mature males’ weight between 45 and 75 pounds while females are much lighter and weight between 35 and 65 pounds.
These dogs are noted for stamina and their ability to withstand even the coldest temperatures. They are easily trained as they like to please their owner. Even though this hunting dog is mostly used for hunting smaller animals, it can also be trained for hunting bears for example.