Mountain Cur Dogs

Dependable, sturdy and extremely obedient, the Mountain Cur is an amazing companion for the outdoor enthusiast—it is truly happiest when working in the wild. These dogs are fearless but friendly, tough but warmhearted. Protective of the household and everyone in it, Mountain Curs can be watchful and suspicious around strangers. They become friendlier when they sense no threat, but overall their number one concern is pleasing and protecting their masters.

Mountain Cur

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Quick Facts

  • 45 - 95 pounds
  • 16 - 25 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Outdoorsy types
    • Active singles
    • Families with older children

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Trademark Traits

    • Rugged
    • Intelligent
    • Protective
    • Outdoorsy
    • Courageous

Things You Should Know

Mountain Curs can live as long as 16 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Grooming is easy—just brush them occasionally and bathe them only when necessary. The Mountain Cur is an active dog. Probably not the best indoor/apartment dog, the Mountain Cur needs fresh air, room to run and daily walks to maintain a healthy state of mind and body.

Mountain Cur History

Mountain Curs originated in the mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, but you can find different “Cur” types throughout the country. Dependable and hardy, they were used by pioneers to herd cattle, hunt wild boar and guard property. Though no one knows their exact lineage, Mountain Curs are believed to descend from European Cur-type dogs brought to the U.S. by immigrants.

The Look of a Mountain Cur

Mountain Curs are rugged, rustic, medium-sized dogs covered in short, rough coats that usually come in brindle, black, brindle & black and yellow. Their somewhat wide heads have an alert look, high-set hanging ears, solid muzzles and strong necks.

Talk About Mountain Curs 

A respectful, high-energy dog

Buddy is a very trustworthy guy. I couldn't understand why he would catch a rabbit and drop it at my feet. I sometimes feel horrible that I don't know how to skin a rabbit or like the taste of them, but if this economy keeps going the way it is, I might just learn to!

Living with Buddy is the best. He is very respectful -- he doesn't steal food or get into the trash. He is very low-key when in the house unless you initiate play, then he'll gladly give you your fair share.

He has loads of energy. I walk him 12 miles every day, no matter the weather, and then let him swim and run free for about 20 minutes or so. I live in a rural area, so he usually beats me on getting home, but comes back to see what's taking me so long. I might not know where he is, but he always knows where I am.

~Susan M., owner of a Mountain Cur