CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG, state dog of Louisiana. Used primarily for herding cattle and pigs, the Catahoula is also an outstanding bay dog. Its’ origin is uncertain. According to one theory, indigenous “War Dogs” or “Red Wolf” kept by North American natives interbred with the Beauceron that 19th century French settlers brought to the New World. The French told of strange-looking dogs with haunting glass eyes that were used by the native peoples to hunt game in the swamp. (wikipedia)
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, powerful hunting dog from Africa. Although the breed is affectionate and loyal to its family, it is aloof and sometimes wary of strangers. Originally used as guard dogs and hunting dogs, they maintain the tenacity needed to tackle large game such as lions and wild pigs.