The “working” nature of most breeds uses these traits to various degrees to achieve the required result in that breed.
Herding breeds – “Stalk”
Pointing breeds have a more – inhibited “Stalk”
Retrieving breeds have a – “chase” + inhibited “Grab/Bite”
Some breeds will go through the entire sequence of wolf type hunting, but stop short of actually dissecting and eating the animal. Many Catahoulas will go through all phases, including the eating of the meal they have just caught. This is why they do not make a good retriever, their predatory drive is too high. They do not have a soft mouth and rather then “retrieving” the bird will, in most cases proceed to keep it away from their owner and eat it. They do not make a good sheepherding dog, because they do not stop at the “stalk” phase as most herding breeds are required to. They are too tough for sheep and if given the chance would continue on with hunting the creature instead of herding it. Cattle and hogs are much tougher adversaries for the Catahoula and although the in proper terminology, they are working/baying these animals, (see Working Style) they are in effect “hunting” them, putting into use their high prey drive. Catahoulas and other Cur breeds are well-known for their ability to locate cattle in brush or wooded areas, tracking or trailing them using scent, in other words….hunting.