Welcome to T Bar S Catahoulas. We are a small kennel that is located in Venice, Florida that specializes in Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dogs. We believe that the Catahoula is the world's most versatile dog breed. We breed dogs that will hunt, herd, track, trail, protect, tree, show and are also suitable to family and service work. If you are interested in getting a pup from our kennel please contact us by phone, text or email. We do not keep a waiting list for puppies and we are very reserved with our breeding program. We generally choose a pair of dogs well in advance of the breeding and wait for the bitch to come into season before we have a breeding. We will generally have one or two breedings a year and they are usually in the fall or winter as our summers are too hot for the dam and puppies. We announce the pending breeding on our website then begin taking deposits once the pregnancy has been confirmed through ultrasound. We try to accommodate anyone that is looking for a working dog before a pet home so we can make sure that our dogs are placed appropriately. Please be prepared to answer questions about your lifestyle and activities and how you plan to work the puppy before we will accept your deposit.
We began breeding Louisiana Catahoulas in 2005 and showing in 2006. In that time we have learned a lot about Catahoulas and working dogs. We have learned to wait till our pups are at least 5 weeks old before we chose them as an addition to our breeding and work program. We also wait until our pups are 5-6 weeks old before any picks are made. We have also learned that coat color and eye color do not make the dog. We try to stay in contact with our pups new family. Because of this we have been able to monitor our breeding program to get to the point we are now. Our first litter produced dogs that were hot working dogs but some were dog and people aggressive. Although the Catahoulas are known to be reserved we did not like what we saw with that first litter. Since then we have done our homework and done our best to produce dogs that are even tempered but with work drive. Our second litter produced some very even tempered dogs with good drive.
We do our very best to make sure that all of our puppies are placed in the environment that best suits their needs. Catahoulas are high drive dogs that require mind and body stimulation. If a puppy/dog does not receive adequate exercise and does not have a job it is unlikely that the union will be successful. Not all Catahoulas need to be hunting dogs or herding dogs. Some can be used as service dogs and others do very well in events such as agility, dock diving and other dog activities.
If you are looking for a dog that will be content alone for hours at a time and satisfied with a short walk the Catahoula is not for you. The Catahoula will be either the best dog or the worst dog you will ever have. We want to make sure it is the very best.