General Information

Dog NameAmerican Leopard Hound
Other NamesLeopard Cur
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male101
Max Ideal Weight for male152
Min Ideal Weight for female99
Max Ideal Weight for male152


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSociable, Energetic, Intelligent
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesLeopard Cur, American Leopard,
American Leopard Cur
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeHound
Bred ForHunting small and big game
Recognized ByUKC
Life Span12-15 years
Ideal Weight45-70 pounds
Ideal Height21-27 inches
Fur TypeShort
Common ColorsYellow, Black, Blue, Red, Gray, Brown
MarkingsBrindle, Tan, Merle, White
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToCatahoula Leopard Dog

The American Leopard Hounds are one of the oldest dog breeds in the United States. They are also known as American Leopard, American Leopard cur, and Leopard cur.

The dogs of these breeds are medium to large in size, the eyes are round and wide-set which comes in shade of yellow and brown, the ears are short to medium which are set high on the head. Their feet are round and similar to cats and tail may be of any length or sometimes docked for working dogs.


Origin of American Leopard hounds has been in existence for hundreds of year. Although the origin & history of this breed is still unclear, researchers suspect that they were brought to the United States by Spanish conquistadors to hunt hogs.

It was first recognized by UKC in 1998 as Leopard Cur, but later after ten years, the name was changed to American Leopard Hound. In 2012 the American Kennel Club (AKC) added this breed in its Foundation stock service.

Are The Dogs Child-Friendly?

The American Leopard Hounds are very intelligent dog breeds, they are extremely loving, affectionate and protective of children. They are very well-mannered and know how to interact with children.

They form a strong bond with children, they love to play and go for long walks with them and will guard them against strangers if necessary.

Behavior, Temperament& Personality

The American Leopard hound is very playful and loves to goof around its family. The temperament of this dog is loyal and devoted, the dog of these breeds are very protective and eager to please his family. They easy going, and behave well with other dogs, but with other small pets in the home, he need to be watched around, because of his hunting instincts.

Being an hound, he can vocalize very well, but if left alone for long, he may make your neighbor upset with his barking. The dogs of the breed doesn’t do well with out its family around, so its important to be with them all times. However, it can be fix by purchasing another dog as they get along well with other canines.


The American Leopard hounds are intelligent breeds and are naturally eager to please their master, so training this breed wouldn’t be a big challenge, all you need is patience and positive reinforcement.

Firstly , you need to set rules and get stuck to it, and make it clear for the dog that you are the leader of the pack.

They tend to have an independent side, but with consistency that is not a big problem. You need to use positive training techniques and motivate them by rewarding treats when they do well.

Along with that you should also make sure that they are well socialized and all this starts from their young age too.

Known Facts About American Leopard Hound

  • The American Leopard Hound used to be known as the Leopard Cur.
  • The American Leopard Hound is skilled at climbing trees.
  • They have a double coat.

Health Issues Of American Leopard Hound

Common HealthIssuesHip Dysplasia, Ear Infection,
Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat
VaccinationRequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Parvovirus,
Canine Coronavirus, Kennel Cough
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
SeparationAnxietyHigh Chance
Diets andSupplementsProtein – 22% for adult and 25 for puppy
Fat – 5% for adult and 8% for puppy
Antioxidants for older dogs

Serious issues

  • None

Minor issues

  • Deafness
  • Cryptorchidism

Color Coats Of American Leopard Hound

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Merle
  • Brindle,
  • Black

American Leopard Hound Puppies

American leopard Hound Pups are intelligent since birth
American Leopard Hound Puppies.

The American Leopard Hound are incredibly rare dogs,  so it may be beyond your budget if you are first time owner. The puppies of this breed go around $1000+ each.

Which Dogs Are They Similar Too?

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