37 Responses to Mountain Cur

  1. Trina says:

    As an owner of original breed mountain curs and also an owner of a home daycare I have to disagree with your assumption that they are not good with kids – these dogs are beyond amazing with children ! We also attend many youth hunts and see all these wonderful dogs with their children .

    • admin says:

      Thanks for that piece of info. We have considered your suggestion and have updated the article accordingly.

      • Kevin Simon says:

        I also have cuts with other dogs and it has excellent relationships with them. The only thing that if the other dog gets aggressive the original mountain cur will correct it then go back to wanting to play with it.

  2. Helga Maggi says:

    My husband and I have a 9 year old female mountain cur which we love very much. We do not leave her tied up outside and she stays in the house with us overnight. When we are both at work, we keep her downstairs in the basement in a separate room with a raised bed and plenty of water. Within the past year, she has started to chew the wooden frame of inside door as well as the wooden door itself. Could she be getting separation anxiety? It is becoming a problem. She has not hurt her teeth or gums yet. We are hesitant to leave a chew toy all day with her and have not been crating her. Any suggestions?

    • Sam says:

      I am really interested in this dog type. Did you have the dog as a puppy? Was she a chewer when she was a puppy? Does she shed a lot? Barker? Smell? How big?

    • Asia Moore says:

      This is a very intelligent, independent-thinking, highly energetic hunting and herding dog — she is bored beyond belief being left along all day locked in your house — surprised she has not become seriously neurotic after such treatment. The only way she can tell you how unhappy she is, is by chewing the wooden frame and door. This is a dog that lives for activity, especially outdoors, so NO, she is not experiencing separation anxiety — she is experiencing daily torture. She is bored and under-exercised – Find an energetic dog walker to take her our for at least an hour of vigorous activity while you are at work and your problems with disappear. Asia M, Author and Dog Whisperer

  3. Jeff says:

    For the cur left alone, try a cat. Our wonderful 5 year old Mountain Cur was raised with a cat, and they are best friends. My wife and I both work outside the home comma so those two are left alone all day with only each other’s company. This works great for us.

  4. Buzz says:

    We have a Lab/Cur mix from Lab Rescue of Tampa… 10 months old at time of adoption… Now 18 months. We’ve had two full bred Labs before and I understand the Lab personality very well after 25 years with them.

    This guy is a great dog and we love him to death but he doesn’t have the Lab personality… He’s a hunter, trees every critter in sight, and will dig a 3 foot deep hole in the yard in 30 seconds trying to find a gecko that burrowed down into the the mulch!!! He loves kids and is strong As a bull!!!

    He’s just not interested in the things my former Labs were crazed about… Playing frisbee, catching tennis balls, or retrieving. I want to play with him outside but he’s far more interested in treeing squirrels and digging for geckos!!! He’s very social at the dog park.

    He rides with me wherever I go… But I’m struggling to find some activities we can enjoy together since I don’t tree squirrels or geckos… LOL…

    Any ideas??? Feel free to comment!!!

    • admin says:

      Seems like your dog is brimming with energy, and love activities involving digging or pricking or just running after something in particular. For that, you can try something similar, e.g. you can give your dog food puzzle toys. These are hardy containers made of rubber or plastic that hold food, having holes on both ends or the sides, and it is for the dog to open it somehow and get the treat. Initially, when you introduce your dog with such a container, keep things easy, so that your dog can easily reach the food. As your pet becomes an expert, make it harder and harder every day. Your dog will get a lot of chance to satisfy his instinct of shaking, biting, pawing, nibbling, rolling, or licking!

    • Amanda Jane says:

      You and your dog might enjoy dock dogs (dock jumping) or joining a tracking group. Agility might be another good fit. I think tracking or search and rescue would be fun for you since you can be outside together and he gets to find something! You can practice tracking in your home by dropping treats in a trail and have him find you or a prize 🙂

    • Michael says:

      hi we are looking at what has been identified as a possible Lab/Cur mix (they are not certain at the rescue organization in Illinois, he was originally rescued in North Carolina where this breed perhaps is more prevalent) for a rescue adoption. Would you be willing to post a picture to see if your dog looks anything like the dog we are considering? To your question, I know that with the dog we are looking to rescue they strongly suggesting jogging/running as a physical activity and agility training. Thanks in advance

      • Judy says:

        North Carolina is where the “plott hound” is very common as that is the area the “plott’s” settled when they came to our country with their pure bred “plott hound”. The Plott hound looks almost identical to the dog that is being called a “mountain cut”.
        I am very curious to know if these breeds are related somehow, if anyone knows, please comment…

        • Nancy says:

          I always thought the plott hound came from the bloodhound but just read they’re a cross of BH and cur. I have my 2nd PH now and am in LOVE with the breed! Strong pretty drive and it takes a lot of work to leash train but so worth it! Devoted, fun, loving, sensitive but tough!

  5. Raccoon hunter says:

    They are good with kids I was 14 and got the pick of the litter from my uncles puppies and had him for the next 2 years he lived inside and outside he slept in my bed ate what I ate and did whatever I did for the next 2 years untill he passed

  6. Ashley Cochrane says:

    Hi! I’m considering getting a cur/lab mix. However, I live in an apartment. My boyfriend likes to run and we like to go on walks together so regular exercise won’t be a problem. However, my apartment complex has a 50lbs limit on weight and they tend to restrict aggressive and protective dogs (They list labs on this list). Will my prospective puppy be within the weight limit and temperament for my apartment complex?

    • admin says:

      Labradors can weigh anything between 55-79 lbs, whereas Mountain Curs would be between 30 and 60. So, there is a high chance that your lab/cur mix would cross the weight deadline. Curs are said to be protective, courageous, and tough dogs, but Labradors are relatively even-tempered and gentle, but also outgoing. Now if your pup’s dominant gene comes from the Cur, he/she might get the same temperament.

  7. Beatriz says:

    We are thinking about getting this breed for a family dog and we live in a apartment 2 bed 2bath. We have a 1 year old and a 3 year old both girls and we need a family dog as well as a protective dog. In case Simone tries to come in or something. Are this good family dogs. With kids to I am seeing that there really protective and will attack strangers or anything. Is that true to please help

    • admin says:

      Yes, these dogs are really protective, and at times, over protective too. It is not because they are dangerous, but that they are possessive, and love their masters a bit too much. It is not unlikely that they won’t attack strangers or intruders. However, if you have never experienced owning a dog before, you might want to think twice before adopting this breed. For more information, you can go through the ‘Temperament and Behavior’ section in this page.

  8. Bob says:

    Hi, i was thinking to get a mountain cur. Do you think the breed is right for me an my family?
    We have a large house with a garden, 2 kids age 10 & 13, there is a park round the corner, we need a good guard dog as well as a good family dog, we are not interested in hunting and we are experienced as we had a doberman in the past.

  9. glen g says:

    Finally! Many after his passing, and thanks to 101 Dog Breeds, I now realize the best dog I ever had was a Mtn Cur.
    “Winston” was abandoned at my door in a remote location in Western North Carolina. The last thing I wanted or needed was another dog. But the little guy started to grow on me after a week or so. Locals told me he was a Cur but until today I always thought he was just some kind of pit bull mix.
    Winston turned out to be a truly amazing animal. Loyal, strong, fearless, determined. Some annoying habits as well! Pig headed and stubborn on certain issues, such as his mortal hatred for cats and water. With other male dogs it was either instantaneous friend or foe. But his finer traits more than balanced his faults. Constantly amusing, my best friend for almost 17 years. A wonderful animal, I miss him even now.

    • christie says:

      I have a what I truly believe to be a mountain curr/ chessie cross. He seems to pick and choose dogs to be friends with or not. He has an over the top prey drive and so my cats are always in danger and anything he sees as prey. He is forever in alert stance whether we are taking a walk or he is home relaxing but he never seems to truly relax if the cats are about he will focus on them with way to much intensity, same with anything he sees as prey squirrels rabbits small dogs etc,he pays little attention to dogs barking in the neighborhood dogs running the fence and carrying on however puts him in alert mode and he takes the attitude bring it on. Not a dog that I would say just anyone should own. Must be supervised, and socialized and live with a person who can be a secure pack leader

  10. Carole says:

    I agree a lot with what I have read based on our Mountain Cur pup. She is a bit of a Jekyll-Hyde, also very possessive of her bones with our lab mix. She is a happy camper when she gets her walk, but a little pesky when she doesn’t. We feel like we need to get some help training her to avoid her becoming too dominant because we have witnessed her aggressive side. She walks on the leash pretty good with our other two dogs. She does chase our small dog at times like she is prey and can get too rough with her. She is soo sweet and smart and loves our praise and will do many tricks just to please us. She can find any dead thing in the yard or on a walk, and wants to eat what she finds. Yuk. I wouldn’t recommend this dog for a novice, inactive family though. We think she will be a great family dog for us- we just need her to know her place in the pack.

  11. kelly says:

    I have a 4 year old mountain cur brindle male. He is very smart and learned very quickly. We have kept him as a indoor pet with a large back yard for him, he cannot be let free because he gets on a scent or sees a wild animal and takes off. He is very possessive over the family as we have other dogs and if they go near us he pushes them away for attention and will even begin to play fight with them to get them to go away, every time they come near us. He also is extremely stubborn. If he doesn’t want to do something he will ignore you and drop all his body weight to not move. I have a 5 year old daughter and he has always been very good with her and snuggles her, just doesn’t like when she tries to lay on top of him. We had to get him another dog because of his high energy and we got him a female puppy plott hound who is now over a year old. I tried him around other dogs at dog parks and he never seemed interested in them (always would rather chase a ball or sniff the park) but when we introduced him to this dog he loved her. They are very particular dogs and seem to have the mentality that they should get what they want. I’ve owned labs, huskys, beagles, shar peis, ect and none have come close to the level of stubbornness.

  12. Shelly Burns says:

    I have had Lab/Retrievers for my whole life. After loosing my last fur baby, my daughters female became pregnant. The mother is a Retriever/Cocker and the father is full Mountain Cur. We brought Naula home when she was 6 weeks old. She will now be 10 weeks old tomorrow and I am at my whits end with her. I walk her atleast 3 times per day. She is leashed trained and loves walks. I had her potty trained and then in the last week, she waits till she is in the house and then does her duty. We can go on a hour walk and she will do her business on the walk and then we come into the back yard and play for 15 minutes or so. As soon as I get her into the house, she does her duty again and just looks at me. My husband and I work during the day, but we have a puppy sitter come take her out midway and take her for a walk also. She is VERY aggressive to me but will submit to my husband. I have held her down until she submits but this only works for maybe 10 minutes and then she is back to being naughty. I do not know what to do with her. Any suggestions would be great!!!

  13. Christine RN says:

    My cur and cat are up in arms though Colt (the cur) is not yet 3 months old.

  14. Anna W says:

    We rescued ours when he was 5 months old. Doesn’t shed a ton. Very easy to groom. Barks occasionally. Medium sized dog. He is over a year old and weighs about 45 pounds but can weigh anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds full grown. He is wonderful with our toddler. Very protective. Had an issue with biting while playing when he was a puppy. But we used redirection and it worked pretty well. I recommend the Kong toys or deer antlers. He tears thru other toys. Doesn’t bite the furniture.

  15. Karen B says:

    I adopted a Cur/Shepard mix when he was about a year old. Now six, Sammy is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had! Never thought I’d find a dog as great as my Mastiff was, but I certainly did in Sammy! He is so laid back, loves everyone he meets and loves to snuggle! Never barks at people, just critters he sees or hers outside! He will pick up a scent and go in point! He does shed a bit, but he is definitely more cur than Shepard. Love my boy and looking forward to many more happy years with him!

  16. Deb says:

    We have a cur, female, how 4 years old. Got her as a puppy because our Newfoundland/Lab has hip dysplasia and wanted Mabel (cur) to know her place in the pecking order so as not to harm the Newfie.

    We since then adopted a golden retriever (whom died) and then a Basset Hound/Lab mix. At first the basset was possessive of his toys but I put a stop to that and that only lasted a day or so. They play all the time now. All 3 of them. She also, loved the golden (Newman).

    Mabel is very affectionate, little shy with other dogs, loves to tree squirrels, and a happy girl.

  17. Lori says:

    How are mountain curs with same sex dogs and can they be trained to leave birds alone? I have a parrot. I’m thinking of rescuing a 11 month old male cur mix I have a large yard have a extremely large standard poodle he can play with. also how are they with small dogs I have a French bulldog?

  18. Galen says:

    We have a mountain cur female, somewhere between 9 and 11 years old – we’re not sure because we got her from a work friend, who got her from a shelter where she was taken after being abused when she was younger. Despite that, she is a wonderful family dog who loves to play and run around with lots of energy. She’s very protective and “defends” her yard from other dogs being walked – until she gets to know them and then she’s very friendly. However, we’ve noticed that she has recently developed a pretty bad limp which seems to be coming from one of her rear legs. How prone are mountain curs to hip dysplasia? She might be mixed with another breed, but we don’t know what that might be.

    • admin says:

      Mountain Curs are not immune to dysplasia. If you are in doubt about your dog’s health, you must not take long to take her to the nearest vet.

  19. Cat Elstun says:

    We just rescued a boxer-mountain cur. She is five months. We have boxers currently. We also have put ducks who are very much part of our family. Will the new dog see them as prey ? I know they like to tree squirrels and raccoons. Does anyone know how they are with birds ?

    • admin says:

      Experts say that the ‘Cur’ breeds may have hound ancestry, and they are originally meant to be hunting dogs. Many of these Curs can be used to herd livestock and hunt and retrieve birds. So, generally speaking, the instinct of hunting down birds is inherent in them. However, if you can train your dog accordingly from puppyhood, it might learn to peacefully juxtapose itself with pet birds or even refrain from chasing the ones that visit your garden.

  20. Our undocumented mountain cur is wonderful with our young children! We socialized a lot, and she is great with other dogs and our cats as well. One piece of advice for anyone thinking of getting one, invest majorly in bones and other toys that require strong jaw action. Our dog enjoys chewing quite a lot, and the bones provide both a calming activity and teething help.

  21. T says:

    Hello. I’ve enjoyed reading all of your comments, thank you. Good info! My boyfriend and I both big on anything outdoors, to include hunting and trapping. I am very interested in adding a mountain cur to our family. We have just purchased 300 acres of untampered woods that we are excited about exploring. Is anyone able to direct us on where to get more information on rescuing or buying one of these amazing dogs?

  22. Terry C says:

    Our pup Max is just over 6 months and 70 lbs … no doubt in my mind that he’s all or very nearly all Cur – his momma was a very pregnant rescue dog . He has all the traits , dewclaws front and rear , posture and general build , bullheadedness , but he’s big . We live on 12 wooded acres so Max has plenty of room to run and play . It’s a constant battle at this age to remind him who is the boss , but I think Max is quite likely going to be the best dog I’ve ever owned .

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