The Catahoula is the ultimate working dog and is said by many to be the world's most versatile breed. Catahoulas excel at herding cattle and hunting almost any type of game (including wild boar, raccoon, squirrel, bear, and deer). Catahoulas can also be used for SAR and narcotics detection. They are naturally protective of their home and family, and make excellent watch/guard dogs. Catahoulas are exceptionally intelligent and loyal. However, they are also a highly energetic and very assertive breed and require an experienced owner. A working or hunting home is preferable.