I am already neutered, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and not good with cats.
"Copper" is a Catahoula Leopard Dog, approximately 2 years of age. He was found emaciated in a field, dragging a 20' long chain that was wrapped around his neck and ribcage. Numerous attempts have been made to find his owner, but no one has claimed this sweet, sweet dog. The people fostering Copper cannot keep him due to not having a fenced area on their property which is next to a major highway, and the fact that he is overly interested in their cats. Nonetheless, this dog deserves a much better home than the one he came from.
Copper has a short, mottled, red coat and eerie sky-blue eyes. He is about 22" tall at the shoulder and weighs approximately 50lbs, although he is still somewhat underweight. He is neutered, , but has been wormed and treated for fleas. He is current on all shots. He is extremely friendly with all people and dogs. He is somewhat intimidated by horses, but does not appear to have any sort of aggressive tendencies at all aside from wanting to chase cats. He has no real training, but he will "sit," and loves to lean up against you or put his head on your shoulder if you are sitting down.
Copper is not a very high-energy dog. He will run around and play for a short period of time, but then likes to lay around and nap. He does have hunting instincts and may have been used to hunt small game, which probably explains why he would like to chase cats. He rarely barks, but is alert to everything going on around him. He has no sense of safety when it comes to traffic, so he needs to be in a large fenced area with plenty of things to do.
The best environment for Copper is one that allows him freedom to run in a safe area, without cats, but with a lot of companionship from people. He loves to ride in RTV's and trucks. He has learned to walk nicely on a leash in a very short period of time, so it appears that he is extremely intelligent and has a great desire to please. A harsh or loud voice makes him cower, so firm but gentle training would be best suited for him.
Catahoula's are known for their herding, hunting, and protective capabilities. This is the type of dog that will strongly bond with their owner, but because they are somewhat independent thinkers, do require regular "maintenance" of their training and obedience skills. Otherwise, they will assume themselves to be leaders of their "pack" of humans and do as they please. These dogs are not meant to lead a chained-up life. Their greatest desire is to be with their owners and to please them.