Catahoula Leopard puppies are adorable and playful. These puppies go through a lot of development stages which they are growing.

Here in this article, you will get to know about these puppies’ behavior and physical changes while they are in the growth stage.

Neonatal Stage : 0 to 1 Week

The newborn Catahoula Leopard puppies are born with their eyes closed. In addition, they will not be able to hear, see, and sense until they reach two weeks old.

The puppies will fully depend on their mother’s milk and comfort.

Furthermore, the littermates will use each other for the temperature. Moreover, any puppy abandoned from its group is likely to be dead due to hypothermia.

Newborn Catahoula Leopard Puppies. Image Source – YouTube.

After the Catahoula Leopard puppies reaches the age of two weeks old, they will start to open their eyes and will see for the first time. However, they sight may not be too clear for the first few days.

The forelegs of Catahoula Leopard puppies will start to grow stronger and will move around with the help of the front legs. Moreover, they will continue to grow by adding 10% of their body weight.

The Transitional Stage : 2 to 4 Weeks

The transitional stage is the first of everything. The Catahoula Leopard puppies will now start to show some personality changes.

In addition, the puppies will grow stronger and will become more playful. During this period, the puppies will interact more with their playmates and their mother.

3 Weeks Old Catahoula Leopard Puppy. Image Source – Pinterest.

The puppies are now old enough to regulate their own body temperature. Moreover, the puppies will wag their tail and make barking sounds. Furthermore, they may try to escape from the whelping box to follow their mother.

The Socialization Stage : 4 to 12 Weeks

As the name suggests, the socialization stage is a very important stage for the Catahoula Leopard puppies. The behavior accepted and done during this period of life stays with them forever. Therefore, it is very important that you socialize your Catahoula Leopard puppies from an early age.

When the these puppies reach the age of the fifth week, they will become noisy as they can now bark properly. In addition, the puppies will gain 9 to 10 kg weight per week.

Cute Catahoula Leopard Puppy. Image Source – Vetstreet.

By the end of eight weeks old, the Catahoula Leopard puppies are old enough to learn some basic training commands. This is the golden period to introduce training for them.

The mother Catahoula Leopard will teach her puppies some dog discipline and manners. She even teaches them how to bite and how it feels to be bitten. On the other hand, the Catahoula Leopard now understands the difference between rank, submission, and dominance.

The Juvenile Stage : 3 to 6 Months

The juvenile stage starts between 14 to 16 weeks and ends at the onset of puberty. From this stage of age, the Catahoula Leopard will lose their puppy face and will resemble more like a young version of themselves.

6 Months Old Catahoula Leopard Puppy. Image Source – Pinterest.

From now on, the Catahoula Leopard will now understand and pick cues. They will grow stronger and confident. In addition, they will be highly influenced by their playmates both human and dogs.

Socialization should be continues throughout the stage to maintain an acceptable behavior for them. On this stage, the Catahoula Leopard might become stubborn and dominating. However, these kind of behavior should be corrected immediately.

Adolescence : 6 to 18 Months

Adolescence starts when the Catahoula Leopard reaches the age between 6 to 1 year. In addition, the female Catahoula Leopard will come to season for the first time. Similarly, the male Catahoula Leopard will start to show interest towards female dogs.

An Adult Catahoula Leopard Dog. Image Source – Vetstreet.

During the adolescence stage, the Catahoula Leopard will understand that their pack consists of both human and dogs. Moreover, they will become more independent and powerful. Expect challenges from now as they acquire dominance attitude in them.

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parinfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Catahoula Leopard Dogs.

How Much Do Vaccines Cost?

The cost of vaccination is between 75-100$. However, it may vary from place to place and the clinic as well.

What Diseases Do Vaccines Prevent Against?

  • Rabies
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Kennel cough
  • Lyme

To conclude, these were some information about the Catahoula Leopard puppies during their growth stage. In addition, larger breed tends to mature slowly as compared to smaller breeds. Therefore, enjoy the playful companion in the house.

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