Registration and the NALC

When you purchase a Catahoula, you get a choice of whether or not to register the dog.  There is no obligation by any regulatory body to do this.  However, if you do plan to breed from your dog, it is recommended that you register them and become a certified breeder yourself.  By doing this you have access to information and resources that can assist you in breeding from your dog correctly.


Each country has its own registration bodies governing canine ownership.    In Australia, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dogs are not officially recognised by any regulatory body and therefore cannot be registered with these organisations.  Currant Catahoulas has already begun the long process of applying for recognition in Australia.  However, it is still important that your dog is atleast registered with the main registration organisation, the National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas (N.A.L.C) despite the fact that it is located in Louisiana, USA.  In addition to the N.A.L.C, you may choose to register your dog with any of the other organisations available overseas.


In the US, in addition to the N.A.L.C, you may choose to register your dog with any of the following associations:

  • Animal Research Foundation (ARF)
  • United Kennel Club (UKC)
  • National Kennel Club (NKC)
  • American Catahoula Association (ACA)
  • Catahoulas are not currently registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) and many breeders are not seeking this.


The N.A.L.C


The N.A.L.C is the preferred registration board for the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.


NALC Logo 

Contact details:


National Association of Louisiana Catahoulas Inc (N.A.L.C)



PO Box 1041

Denham Springs, LA 70727-1041

United States of America

Phone: 225-665-6082

Office hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm Central time Monday to Thursday. Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday





The N.A.L.C was founded by Mrs J.S. (Betty-Ann) Eaves in 1977.  Her father, Kline Rushing, dreamed of having a central place to register his beloved dogs.  Betty and her father spent many months recording the ancestry of the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.  Following her fathers passing, Betty-Ann made her fathers dream come true in late 1977.





The N.A.L.C is a non-profit organisation staffed by several volunteers.  Its main aim is to supervise the breeding and accurate registration of only purebred Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dogs.  This does not include the registration of just any leopard or spotted dogs.  It achieves this aim primarily through three ways.  Firstly, the accurate recording and registration of Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dogs including registration certificates, puppy papers, litter applications, and information on dogs and their owners.  Secondly, referring people to appropriate breeders selling the type of dog that meets their needs.  Thirdly, protecting the dog by discouraging some people for whom a Catahoula is not suited.


Because the N.A.L.C believes in preserving the Catahoula as a working breed, it sponsors several events including: cow dog trials, A and B bayings, treeing trials and obedience trials.  However, as not everyone has animals for the Catahoula to ‘work’, the NALC also sponsors dog shows (with Jr. Showmanship and conformation classes) and rare breed shows.   





Catahoulas are a working dog and need a job to keep them occupied.  That is why we at Currant Catahoulas follow the N.A.L.C.’s philosophy that “Not everyone needs a Catahoula.”  We choose to do this because some people place their dog in the back yard and walk away only to come home and wonder why their garden hose or other belongings are in a million pieces.



Membership with the NALC


To obtain membership for your dog, you need to complete and send off the dogs registration form.  This is the blue form that you received from the breeder.  N.A.L.C policy states that it is the responsibility of the breeder to provide the blue form to the new owner.  It is not policy for them to complete this process for you.  Therefore, do your homework before buying a Catahoula and ensure that you receive the original blue form. 


At Currant Catahoulas we recognise that not everyone wants to register their dog and that is why, in accordance with NALC policy, we provide the new owner with their blue form.  We have a 100% success rate with supplying blue registration forms to our dogs new owners and if you ever come across a problem with your paperwork, we are more than happy to help you sort it out.





Following the successful completion and mailing of the form to the N.A.L.C, you will receive your dogs registrations certificate.


Note:  Allow up to three weeks for mail to arrive into and from the United States and Australia, each way.  We always recommend that any papers be sent using Registered Post.


Personally, we have had nothing but positive experiences with Betty-Ann and the N.A.L.C.  She is more than willing to answer all of our many questions over recent years.  She has also been very prompt with the processing of paperwork. 


If you have any queries regarding the N.A.L.C, feel free to call Betty-Ann and say hi from Currant Catahoulas.



Becoming an N.A.L.C Certified Breeder


Benefits of being a certified breeder with the NALC include receiving official certification, resources including rule books, news bulletins, show/trial forms, discounts, priority in paperwork processing, and listing in the breeders directory. 


The responsibilities of being an N.A.L.C certified breeder include:

  • Owning an N.A.L.C registered dog.
  • Breeding only N.A.L.C registered males and females together.
  • Volunteer assistance and help new breeders.
  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Send paperwork in a timely fashion.



Information adapted from:


N.A.L.C. (Year unknown). NALC registration information brochure.  NALC: Denham Springs, U.S.

N.A.L.C. (Year unknown). A little history.  NALC: Denham Springs, U.S.