Hula is an 8-year-old spayed female Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog. You're not alone if you've never heard of this breed; most people haven’t. The Catahoula leopard dog, also known as the "Catahoula Hog Dog" or "Catahoula Cur" is independent, protective, and territorial. They can be loving with their family and friends (both human and canine), but tend to be reserved with strangers (including children). This breed needs an assertive guardian who shows strong leadership.

The Catahoula was named after a Parish in Northeastern Louisiana and leopard after the mottled spots on its coat; in 1979 the breed was designated the state dog. At one time this breed was used to round up feral pigs and cattle –livestock that had escaped and was living in woods and swamps.

Like most Catahoula leopard dogs, Hula is one handsome and happy hound. According to Bonnie Baker, a volunteer at DAWG, Hula is sweet, calm, very affectionate, sociable with people and others dogs and exhibits good house manners. "She's also very athletic," notes Bonnie, "so her new home should have a high fence."

Hula is waiting for a home at the Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG) in Santa Barbara. DAWG is a private, non-profit, no-kill dog rescue organization, owned and operated by volunteers, serving the lost and abandoned dogs of Santa Barbara. The facility is located at 5480 Overpass Road (off Patterson Avenue), just beyond the County Animal Shelter). All adoptable dogs have been treated with K9 Advantix flea-tick-mosquito protection, are spayed or neutered, have all current shots as well as a HomeAgain microchip, and can receive a complimentary consultation with DAWG's trainer, if needed.

Adoption hours are Friday-Sunday, from 12 pm to 5 pm; all other times by appointment. The public is welcome to view the dogs every day from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, call DAWG at (805) 681-0561, visit their Web site at, or send an e-mail message to To meet other adoptable cats, dogs and rabbits, visit