Chipotle the young Catahoula Visited Us In Orangevale

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Here at our clinic in the Fair Oaks, Orangevale and Citrus Heights area are little Chipotle the young Catahoula. The dog we commonly know as ‘Catahoula’ was originally called a Catahoula Cur and then later classed as the Catahoula Leopard Dog. Though the Catahoula is sometimes erroneously called a Hound, is it actually a Cur Dog from the Catahoula Parish of Louisiana. The Catahoula used to be thought of as a cross of ancient dog breeds which accompanied human migration from Asia to the Americas or the Catahoula may be a cross of European dogs which were brought to America in the 19th century. This second theory is consistent with them being considered to be a Cur dog. In any case, new DNA analysis indicates they are not descended from whatever primitive dogs were native to the Americas. Catahoulas are formidable hunters which serve as both hound-like trackers and bay dogs. Colors include red merle, the less common blue merle, tricolor and more. It will be fun to watch Chipotle grow up over the next few months and maybe we’ll get a picture of him again when he’s bigger. – Geoffrey Antipa

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