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Facts About the Mountain Cur Dog Breed

Though no one knows their exact lineage, Mountain Cur dogs are believed to descend from European Cur-type dogs brought to the U.S. by immigrants.

Dogster HQ  |  Aug 10th 2018


Proud parent of a Mountain Cur who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting a Mountain Cur dog? Learn the facts about this breed here:

Quick Facts About the Mountain Cur:

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

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

Mountain Cur Traits:

  • Rugged
  • Intelligent
  • Protective
  • Outdoorsy
  • Courageous

Who Gets Along With Mountain Curs?

  • Outdoorsy types
  • Active singles
  • Families with older children

What Are Mountain Curs Like to Live With?

Dependable, sturdy and extremely obedient, the Mountain Cur is an amazing companion for the outdoor enthusiast — he 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 About Mountain Curs

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.

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