We have a neighbor who runs his cattle on the forest, he uses Catahoulas and catahoula crosses. They are neat dogs to be around but haven't seen them work. He loves them for what he does. Mikes dog is a McNab, mine is half BC half McNab. The McNabs we've been around a touch calmer than most BC's. Slick haired (which I don't like the looks of as well but sure hold up in the heat better), and will head and heel.
I wasn't in a hurry, but the deal just came together right, and i HAD to do it. As for the lack of dog houses, Tators, the pup, is sleeping inside for now. Squeak will probably get his bed moved inside when it gets cold. He HATES cold.