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

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.

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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9 thoughts on “Facts About the Mountain Cur Dog Breed”

  1. I have a full Blooded mountain Cur male dog looking for a good home.
    He is approximately one year old and full blooded with papers.He is Brindle in color,And had all of his shots.
    I am located in Camden Tn
    Feel free to text me @ 731-441-2950

  2. Chrisine Mathee

    Do mountain curs have any problems with urinating in the house. My daughter has one, a little over a year and she is peeing on the bed and at times just squats right where she is.

  3. I want to know if my dog may be a Mtn Cur (mix). Could somebody please help me out. 🙂 I have pictures to share of my beautiful bridle girl. ???? ????

    1. Hi Aimee,

      Thanks for reaching out. You can share photos of your dog on our community pages:

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