The Catahoula Cur, a.k.a. the Catahoula Leopard Hound (which is not actually a hound), is an American breed and the official state dog of Louisiana. They’re not well-known outside of their home region, but they deserve to be! We Catahoula fans are a loyal bunch.
The term “cur,” by the way, refers to the lowest class of nameless or mixed-breed dogs, which means Catahoulas are a mutt of a breed, and therefore exhibit a range of sizes, fur textures, and colors. Though Catahoulas are hardly fancy, there’s nothing low-class about them.