Curs are a group of hunting dogs that typically work as treeing dogs. They find and chase prey to scare them into climbing up a tree. And once it does, the dog stays there while barking loudly for the hunter to find the tree and the prey. These dogs probably get their name from the Old Norse word ‘kurra’, which means ‘to growl.’
Curs are large and heavy dogs sharing certain characteristics, like drop ears and short coats. Today, these dogs are often kept mainly as companion dogs and family pets.