Originally Posted by RJMercer
The best dog I've ever had for keeping trouble at bay was a catahoula hound. Everybody you want around better meet that dog in the first 6 months of its life. It'll tear down anybody it doesn't know and make a lot of racket doing it.
"[Catahoulas] do not tolerate isolation and thrive on interaction. Having a chore or job helps occupy their time. Introducing a Catahoula to another animal should be done in the same manner as with any other dog. According to Don Abney, "Catahoulas are naturally protective of what and whom they think they own. In fact, many owners will say that the Catahoula owns them. Catahoulas have been trained for personal protection, but this breed is a natural alarm dog. He will alert you to anything out of the ordinary."
--- source: World Dogs: Catahoula Cur
This means the catahoula is not a good dog for someone working a full-time job because they will be too demanding of the owner's time. Also, the alarm-characteristic can mean they keep the neighbors up by barking all night. This might mean it is better to own such a dog in the country rather than the city. Sounds to me from the previous poster's comment, like a Catahoula, which is a cur and not AKC eligible for registration, would be dangerous to own because its protective nature would induce it to attack the wrong person.
Better, in my opinion to get a dog that can be well trained and will only attack on specific orders from its master. Otherwise you're asking for a lawsuit.