Both my dogs are purebred "Louisiana Catahoula Leopard" - they are technically a cur, but are a registered breed. They are not agressive dogs, but are VERY assertive, the owner better be the Alpha in the house.
They are for hunting:
Better scenting than a bloodhound
Webbed feet for swimming
Can and will climb trees to go after prey
(I have a snapshot of one of Dixie's relatives 15 foot up in a tree at the field trials)
They are also for herding:
They are known for herding wild boar, but are just as happy with cattle, horses, sheep, people, etc.
When you buy one they tell you it must be exercised HARD daily or it will eat your house - TRUE! Both my dogs get plenty of exercise, and yet my older dog has literally eaten a lawnmower and the sub floor of my house. Dixie has been eating a pine tree with her baby teeth.
The cats are a feral colony we have been feeding and tending since the year 2000. We trap/spay/neutered them and then released them back into their territory. Without all the kittens the colony has dwindled down to just what you see in the pics (thank goodness!) - the one inside was a kitten from the matriarch's second litter.
My new puppy Dixie:
My one year old dog Cracker Jax:
THE Bocephus Possom - If you say he can't, he damn sure will!
Momma is the most feral of all the remaining colony
Smokey - she prefers living with the dogs
Goku. He looks small in the pic, but he's not!