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Mountain Cur: Origin, Personality, Training

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About Mountain Cur

Country of Origin, History of Mountain Curs

The word "cur" describes a dog of uncertain origin. As far as is known, these terrier-type dogs were brought to America from Europe by the settlers of the Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee mountains to guard the family and property, for hunting game and treeing. Here these dogs mated with the native curs. The Mountain View Cur is believed to have originated in the Ohio River Valley, but is used all around the South as a traditional hunting dog. The Mountain Cur Breeders Association has been registering the breed since the late 1950s. Today they are being divided into various types, such as the Treeing Tennessee Brindle, Stephens Stock, and the Mountain View Cur.

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A General Description of the Breed

The Mountain Cur is stocky, rugged, muscular, wide and powerful with a short but heavy coat and a soft fine undercoat. Coat colors include yellow, brindle, black, brindle & black, often with white points. This Cur has a strong, wide head, with folded-over, tightly controlled ears set high. The eyes are usually dark brown and expressive, the muzzle heavy. The chest is deep, the body is long, the back and forelegs straight. The back legs have slightly bent hocks. The feet are oval, muscled and feline-like. Dew-claws on hind feet should be removed. About 50% of all Mountain Curs are born with bob-tails.

Height: Mountain Cur are 18-26 inches (46-66 cm.)

Weight: 30-60 pounds (16-29 kg.)

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Mountain Cur Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Breed

The Mountain Cur is a fierce, tough, agile, alert, decisive and dauntless dog. This breed is definitely not shy, vicious, submissive or easygoing. Usually silent on the trail, they make consistent guard dogs. It retains a high degree of ancestral instincts such as running a track with the head in the air.

Trailing ability varies with strains, but they have enough nose to follow game and many exhibit amazing treeing instincts. This hunting dog will catch a mad bull head-on in the nose and will hold his ground even against a bear when threatened.

This breed is very possessive and protective, sometimes overly so, of the property and family, which is a trait unusual in hounds. They make treasured watch-dogs.

Better suited to outdoor or indoor lifestyle?

The Mountain Cur is not suited for apartments or small houses as it demands vigorous exercise and hard work. Thus, it is not the ideal pet or companion for families.

How active is the breed?

The Mountain Cur is a very active working dog which needs vigorous exercise to give vent to its immense energy. They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog. In addition, they will benefit from a large safe area (for example, a fenced yard) where they can run around freely. This breed is very enthusiastic about participating in outdoor activities and sports. They respond well to training.


The short hair of the Mountain Cur is easy to groom. It should be occasionally (once a week or so) combed and brushed to remove dead and loose hair. A Mountain Cur should be bathed only when necessary as bathing can dry out the skin, causing skin problems. It is important to keep the ear canal free of excess hair and the toenails clipped.

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Health and Care

The Mountain Cur is not known to suffer from any hereditary disease.

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Life Expectancy

A well cared for Mountain Cur has an average life span of about 12-16 years.

Group: Working Group.

AKC Ranking: >Foundation Stock Service.

Also Known As: Kemmer Stock Curs

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