German Shorthaired Pointer vs Catahoula Leopard Dog

Compare the German Shorthaired Pointer to the Catahoula Leopard Dog. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between German Shorthaired Pointers and Catahoula Leopard Dogs.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The German Shorthaired Pointer is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Catahoula Leopard Dog is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the German Shorthaired Pointer is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the German Shorthaired Pointer and Catahoula Leopard Dog are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the German Shorthaired Pointer has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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German Shorthaired Pointer vs Catahoula Leopard Dog
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Breed NameGerman Shorthaired PointerCatahoula Leopard Dog
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height22-24 in.20-26 in.
Weight45-75 lb50-100 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryGermanyUnited States
Origin Year1800 AD1600 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodPoor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 80°F50°F to 100°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHigh-Very HighHigh-Very High
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed18 mph25 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderMediumLow-Medium
Drool AmountNoneLow

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 NameGerman Shorthaired PointerCatahoula Leopard Dog
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingVery LowHigh
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameGerman Shorthaired PointerCatahoula Leopard Dog
Lifespan
Lifespan12-14 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGerman Shorthaired PointerCatahoula Leopard Dog
Coat
FurYesYes
HairYesNo
Coat Type
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black RoanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
LiverYesNo
Liver RoanYesNo
Liver&whiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White&liverYesNo
BlueNoYes
Blue MerleNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BrownNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
GreyNoYes
Quad-colorNoYes
RedNoYes
Red MerleNoYes
TanNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
White MerleNoYes
YellowNoYes
Yellow MerleNoYes