Thanks for your interest in our Catahoulas.  Whether you’re looking for a Catahoula Puppy for sale, want to learn more about this incredible breed, or just like looking at pictures of cute puppies, we’re glad you found us.  We hope you’ll check back often.  We try to update our website often. 

Let’s start with some of the questions that we get asked most often :

Q) Where are you located? 

A) We are just outside of Pell City, AL.  Pell City is about 35 miles east of Birmingham and about 115 miles west of Atlanta.

Q) Are you the breeder of all of the puppies on this website? 

A) We do this with partner breeders. We embraced the “partner breeder” model several years back.  It has proven to be the most scalable and ethical way to approach all of this.  We refuse to become a puppy mill, so rather than accumulate more breeding dogs than we can responsibly take care of, we partner with several Catahoula Leopard Dog breeders here in north Central Alabama.  In a nutshell, they take care of “the dog side of things” for the first six-and-a-half weeks of each puppy’s life. They nurture the mamas and their babies in their homes until they reach about 45 days old.  In exchange we take care of “the human side of things”.  (taking pictures of the puppies, updating the website, answering phone calls and emails from inquirers, meeting families with the puppies they’ve chosen, etc.) 

Q) Do you have a waiting list for your puppies?

A) No. In years past we’ve tried the system of taking deposits in advance for Catahoula puppies. There are a lot of flaws and challenges and frustrations that go with that system and we swore we would never go back to it.

Rather than maintain a “waiting list” for our Catahoula puppies, we have a “notification list”. (have you joined our Catahoula notification list yet?) We send an email to everyone on our list when Catahoula puppies are born. We also send an email each time we update pictures of them. And we give a heads up as to what day we are going to begin taking reservations for our Catahoula puppies. 

Q) Are you the breeder of all of the puppies on this website? 

A) We do this with partner breeders. We embraced the “partner breeder” model several years back.  It has proven to be the most scalable and ethical way to approach all of this.  We refuse to become a puppy mill, so rather than accumulate more breeding dogs than we can responsibly take care of, we partner with several Catahoula Leopard Dog breeders here in north Central Alabama.  In a nutshell, they take care of “the dog side of things” for the first six-and-a-half weeks of each puppy’s life. They nurture the mamas and their babies in their homes until they reach about 45 days old.  In exchange we take care of “the human side of things”.  (taking pictures of the puppies, updating the website, answering phone calls and emails from inquirers, meeting families with the puppies they’ve chosen, etc.) 

Q) Do you have a waiting list for your puppies?

A) No. In years past we’ve tried the system of taking deposits in advance for Catahoula puppies. There are a lot of flaws and challenges and frustrations that go with that system and we swore we would never go back to it.

Rather than maintain a “waiting list” for our Catahoula puppies, we have a “notification list”. (have you joined our Catahoula notification list yet?) We send an email to everyone on our list when Catahoula puppies are born. We also send an email each time we update pictures of them. And we give a heads up as to what day we are going to begin taking reservations for our Catahoula puppies. 

Q) I don’t live near Pell City, AL. Can I have my Catahoula puppy shipped or delivered to me?

A) Our favorite way of having our Catahoula puppies join their new families is to have the families come pick them up here on designated Saturday pick up days. But we understand that this is not always possible. So we do have options available for getting your Catahoula puppy to you when you live too far away to pick him/her up in person – namely through air shipping or through ground delivery.

Of those two options, ground delivery is our preference. We have several puppy delivery services that we’ve worked with over the years. We’ve learned which ones do the best job of taking care of our Catahoula puppies while they’re in transit, and which ones are great at having stellar communications with our “humans” that are adopting our Catahoula babies. These are the delivery drivers that we use over and over again.

The puppies just get more TLC through ground delivery than they get though air transport. There are opportunities for food/water/bathroom/exercise breaks that are just simply not available to them when they are delivered through the airlines. And usually the ground delivery options are a little more affordable, as well. And they are able to bring your Catahoula puppy straight to your door rather than having to go to the airport to pick your puppy up. Win/win/win in my opinion.

But we also understand that sometimes people live so far away that even ground delivery is not a workable option (looking at you west-coasters). In those cases it just makes sense to utilize the air transport option. The thing I like about air deliveries, as compared to ground deliveries is the immediacy of it. A Catahoula can be sitting in my lap in Pell City, Alabama that morning and can be sitting in your lap in Seattle, Washington that afternoon. That’s an experience that ground delivery just can’t replicate. 

25 years of doing this has taught us that some airlines definitely do a better job than others of taking care of our Catahoula puppies than others. Delta is our preferred carrier. In a quarter-century of shipping through them, we’ve never had a puppy that got lost, misplaced or sick in transit. I can’t say that about some of the other airlines that we’ve used in the past. 

That said, Delta can’t ship into all destinations. There are several smaller and mid-sized airports that Delta does not have a live animal transport option into. So sending a puppy through air may involve you driving to the closest major airport to pick your Catahoula puppy up. If you live in southern California or Boston, that might not be a problem. You can’t sling a dead Presbyterian in So-Cal or New England without hitting a large airport. But if you live in a cabin in rural Idaho, you may find it a bit challenging to find a serviceable airport near you.

Puppies MUST be at least 8 weeks old to be transported by plane. That’s not my policy – that’s USDA policy (although I think it’s definitely a good policy). Also, if you’re in parts of the country that get really hot during the summer months, we probably won’t be able to air transport a Catahoula puppy to you during the Summer time. Delta requires that the temperature be 80 degrees or below at the time that the puppy arrives. We’ve gotten pretty creative and inventive with ways to comply with that restriction (early morning or late evening arrivals). But there are just certain destinations that don’t cool off enough even in the early morning or late night to comply with Delta’s temperature guidelines.

Q) What is the cost for air transport? 

A) What is the cost for ground delivery? Air transport is a short answer – regardless of where your Catahoula puppy is being air shipped to the cost will be $350. And that cost includes everything – the airfare, the travel kennel and the USDA Health Certificate required for your Catahoula puppy to fly

Ground delivery varies based upon where it is being delivered to and which delivery driver we use. In most cases it is a little cheaper than air delivery. If you would like an exact price quote for ground delivery, email or call me BEFORE you reserve a puppy and I will be happy to get a ground delivery quote for you. 

Q) What brand of dog food do you feed your Catahoula puppies? 

A) We feed Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Food. We’ve had great results with it over the years. Whether you pick your puppy up in person, or whether you have it ground delivered or flown, we will send a small bag of Eukanuba food with your Catahoula puppy. If you choose to switch your Catahoula puppy to a different brand of dog food after it joins your family, please do so slowly and incrementally so that it is not a shock to the young puppy’s system

Q) Have the puppies had their shots and dewormings? 

A) All Catahoula puppies bought from us are current on both vaccinations and dewormings when they leave here.  But “current” doesn’t mean “finished with”. Most vets recommend that puppies receive their vaccinations at 6, 9, 12 & 15 weeks of age. That means that if you receive your Catahoula puppy at 8 weeks old, the 9, 12 & 15 vaccination will come on your watch after you receive the puppy. We send the medical chart of each Catahoula puppy home with them so your vet can know what vaccinations and dewormings your puppy has had and what, based upon that, he or she is coming due for.

Q) Can we come meet all of the puppies and choose in person rather than choosing from the website? 

A) In theory, yes, you can. But in practice, this rarely works out. Here’s why: If we ever have a puppy that has not been reserved by the time it is seven weeks old, we host an opportunity on Saturdays for a “meet & greet” for all available puppies. You can play, interact and engage with the unreserved Catahoula puppies to your heart’s content and choose which one you would like to bring home with you. This used to happen with some frequency. Lately, however, as the demand for our puppies has ramped up, it’s extremely rare for a Catahoula puppy that we opened up for reservations at 5 1/2 weeks to still be unspoken for by the time it is 7 weeks old. It will occasionally happen for some of the solid colored Catahoula puppies, but it’s pretty much unheard of for the leopard marked Catahoula puppies. 

Q) What are the prices for your Catahoula puppies? 

A) Almost all of our leopard marked Catahoula puppies are $550. Almost all of our solid colored Catahoula puppies are $350. Naturally, there’s nothing intrinsically superior about the leopard colored Catahoula puppies. They’re the same breed, same genetics, same intellect, same drive. But the reality is that everyone seems to gravitate to those flashy, tie-dyed, psychadelic colored leopards. So in order to help our solids not get overlooked we typically reduce the price of our solids in hopes that they’ll find great homes too. Despite the price difference, it still seems like the leopard Catahoula puppies are still the first ones to get picked in each litter. 

Q) What is the deposit amount for the Catahoula puppies and how is it payable? 

A) The deposit amount is $150. Naturally, the deposit is applied to the total purchase price. The deposit is paid by PayPal. On the day that the “reserve me” button is added to the page for each Catahoula puppy, you will be automatically directed to a form after you click the “reserve me” button that will gather a little information on you and then be directed to PayPal where you can put a deposit on the Catahoula puppy you wish to reserve. If you are picking your puppy up in person, you can pay the remaining balance in cash or through PayPal on the day that you pick your Catahoula puppy up. If you are having your puppy ground delivered or flown to you, the remaining balance (including delivery costs) is due (by PayPal) when the Catahoula puppy is 7 weeks old.

Q) Is the deposit refundable? 

A) The deposit placed on a Catahoula puppy is refundable under only two conditions (1) if you notify us within 24 hours of placing the deposit that you have had a change of mind. The notification has to be by email. (2) If we have to, for some reason, withdraw from our transaction from our side. Naturally if something occurs medically with the puppy that you reserved prior to pick-up or delivery, causing us to not be able to go through with the transaction, then your deposit is refunded in full. We understand that sometimes things come up that make it impossible to go through with a reservation placed on a particular puppy. When that happens we are more than happy to apply the $150 credit towards the reservation of a future puppy when it becomes a better time for bringing a Catahoula puppy into your family.

Q) Do your Catahoula puppies come with a health warranty? 

Yes. Please visit our warranty page on this website PRIOR to reserving a puppy. The warranty posted on this site serves as the final word on the terms of refund and compensation. Separate terms will not be negotiated outside of the ones detailed on our warranty page.

Are your Catahoula puppies registered or considered “show dogs’?

A) They are not. If show dogs are important to you, we are not the right source for you. We breed for temperament, health, socialization and intelligence. These are working Catahoula from farm and ranching and hunting and tracking lines. In my experience, dogs (Catahoulas or pretty much any breed) that are still used for what they were originally bred for tend to be the brightest, most adaptive and most trainable. Genetically speaking, there seems to be a “use it or lose it” dynamic involved in dog characteristics. The Catahoula Leopard dog was originally bred to be one of the grittiest, smartest and most intuitive of all of the dog breeds. Catahoulas that are still from farm and ranch environments have maintained all of those characteristics over the generations. The ones that have been promenaded around a show ring, incrementally and gradually, will lose the characteristics that once made this breed the stuff of Southern legend as the generations pass. Our’s are from working lines. There’s a difference.

I hope we did an okay job of answering some of the most common questions we get about us and our policies for reserving the Catahoula puppies for sale on this site. But if I failed to cover any of your questions, feel free to call, text or email with any questions that you might have. Our contact information is listed on our CONTACT US page.