American Staffordshire Terrier vs Catahoula Leopard Dog

Compare the American Staffordshire Terrier to the Catahoula Leopard Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between American Staffordshire Terriers and Catahoula Leopard Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The American Staffordshire Terrier is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Catahoula Leopard Dog is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the American Staffordshire Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the American Staffordshire Terrier and Catahoula Leopard Dog are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the American Staffordshire Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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American Staffordshire Terrier vs Catahoula Leopard Dog
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Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierCatahoula Leopard Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height17-80 in.20-26 in.
Weight45-70 lb50-100 lb
IntelligenceBelow AverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited States
Origin Year1890 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F50°F to 100°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium-High
Top Running Speed24 mph25 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowLow-Medium
Drool AmountMediumLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierCatahoula Leopard Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageHigh
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionHighAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierCatahoula Leopard Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAmerican Staffordshire TerrierCatahoula Leopard Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesYes
Blue BrindleYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
Blue Fawn BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
Brown BrindleYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
LiverYesNo
Liver BrindleYesNo
RedYesYes
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
Seal BrownYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & TanYesNo
Blue MerleNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
GreyNoYes
Quad-colorNoYes
Red MerleNoYes
TanNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
White MerleNoYes
YellowNoYes
Yellow MerleNoYes