The strong, muscular common American dog Mountain Cur is a skilled hunter dog that was bred especially to ward off tree squirrels and raccoons and even hunting down bears and boars, protecting their master. This wide-headed, folded-eared, strong-jawed, stout-muzzled and black-nosed cur, belonging to the ‘Hound’ group, can even make a great working or water or all-purpose farm dog. This loving and active breed is the first true American purebred, making a good family dog.
|Dog Breed||Mountain Cur|
|Coat||Short, dense, double|
|Color||Brindle, black, brindle & black, yellow
(with occasional white marks)
|Group (of Breed)||Hound dog, working dog, hunting dog|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Weight||30 to 60 pounds|
|Height/Size||Medium; 18 to 26 inches|
|Temperament||Loving, active, protective|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Health Concerns||General dog issues|
|Competitive Registration||OMCBA, UKC, KSBA, DRA|
These exceptionally courageous and fierce curs are not vicious, but that, they are pretty extrovert. With a desire to please its master, the over-protective nature of the breed might create a relationship hazard with its family that usually shows up as a behavioral issue when it starts feeling superior to its master in its adulthood. As a guardian dog, it would constantly guard its family, thus prone to attacking strangers and pets, challenging anything unusual, even being ready to sacrifice their life, which is also evident through recorded history. Kennel is good for them, since they are not apartment dogs.
When it comes to a bold dog like this one, training them to socialize, setting general rules to follow, defining things like dog etiquette and who the pack-leader is become easier if they are trained from the time they are puppies. Pack leader training is urgent for the mountain cur.
High energy food for these curs is important. Good quality dry food gives balanced nutrition to the mountain curs which can be mixed with canned food, water or broth. If your pet likes fruits and vegetables, cooked eggs, cottage cheese, it should not sum up to more than 10% of its diet. The puppy must get the best quality puppy food, but limiting “table food” is important, since this might cause vitamin and mineral imbalances, or issues with tooth and bone, resulting in extremely choosy eating habits or obesity.