One of the original tree dog breeds in the Americas is the American Leopard Hound. Unknown are the exact origins of the American Leopard. People who have studied the history of the breed say that dogs that the Spanish conquistadors brought to the New World contributed to its development.
Various canines are thought to have contributed to the evolution of the breed. According to some researchers, the conquistadors’ dogs may have bred with Mexican native canines before being transported to the United States by settlers, where they proceeded to evolve into the breed we know today. Others claim that the breed’s entire history may be traced to the southern United States, where it originated from a blending of Scottish herding and Spanish, French, English, and English hounds.
American Leopard Hounds had established themselves in eastern North Carolina by the early 18th century. It later traveled south into Texas and Oklahoma before heading west into Tennessee and Kentucky from there.
Early in the 20th century, the breed started to dwindle and was permitted to mix with other breeds; by the 1950s, there were very few purebred animals left. When they did, three people—J. Leroy E. Smith, Richard McDuffie, and A.W. Carter started looking for representatives of the breed on their own. In order to develop and advance the breed, these three individuals got together in 1960 and founded the American Leopard Cur Breeders Association (ALCBA).
An all-purpose tree dog known as the American Leopard Hound has been bred. Because of their strong desire to serve their master, they stand apart among the tree dog breeds; no breed is easier to teach. They are also unmatched when it comes to fighting and holding off the game without getting wounded. They follow the quarry closely, yet they have the rare capacity to “duck and dodge” to prevent harm. They are very devoted to and protective of the kids at home.