Mountain Cur

Mountain Cur dog breed.
Mountain Cur dog breed. Photography © adogslifephoto | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 45 – 95 pounds
  • Height: 16 – 25 inches

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.


  • Rugged
  • Intelligent
  • Protective
  • Outdoorsy
  • Courageous

Ideal Human Companion

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Active singles
  • Families with older children

What They Are Like to Live With

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.

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 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, they are believed to descend from European Cur-type dogs brought to the U.S. by immigrants.

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