Mountain Cur Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Mountain Cur so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Mountain Cur have?
Cur DogMoutain Cur DogCur
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Mountain Cur Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Mountain Cur puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Mountain Cur, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Mountain Cur for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Mountain Cur gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Mountain Cur?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Mountain Cur Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large Medium
Weight
How much does the Mountain Cur weigh? Mountain Cur weight:
Male: 45–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–50 pounds (16–23 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Mountain Cur? Mountain Cur average weight:
Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 41.5 pounds (19 kg)
Height
How tall is the Mountain Cur? Mountain Cur height:
18-26 inches (46-66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Mountain Cur average height:
22 inches (56 cm)

Mountain Cur Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Mountain Cur have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
RoughSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Mountain Cur's coat?
Blue BrownRedYellowBlondeBrindleCreamWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Mountain Cur and how often?
Effortless: The Mountain Cur requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Mountain Cur is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Mountain Cur dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cur Dog?
Mountain Curs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Mountain Cur dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Mountain Cur need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Mountain Cur every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Mountain Cur Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Mountain Cur have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IntelligentProtectiveCourageousWatchfulQuietEnergetic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Mountain Cur? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Mountain Cur obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Mountain Cur dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Mountain Curs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Mountain Curs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Mountain Cur sensitivity:
Sensitive: Mountain Curs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Mountain Curs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cur Dog need? Mountain Cur social needs:
Mountain Curs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Mountain Cur dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Cur Dog bark?
Low: The Mountain Cur barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Mountain Cur good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Mountain Curs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Mountain Cur dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Mountain Cur dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Mountain Curs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Mountain Cur can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Mountain Cur will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Mountain Cur bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cur Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Mountain Cur? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Mountain Cur has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Mountain Cur has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Mountain Cur bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Mountain Cur, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Mountain Cur do?
Mountain Curs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Mountain Curs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Mountain Cur to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Mountain Cur roam?
Mountain Curs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Mountain Cur have high prey drive?
Mountain Curs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Mountain Cur good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Mountain Cur breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Mountain Cur indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Mountain Curs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Mountain Curs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Mountain Cur Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Mountain Cur temperament with other people:
Mountain Curs are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Cur dogs get along with other pets? Are Mountain Cur dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Mountain Curs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Mountain Cur dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Mountain Cur temperament with children:
Mountain Curs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Mountain Cur dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Mountain Curs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Mountain Cur good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Cur dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Mountain Curs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Mountain Cur is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Mountain Cur breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Mountain Curs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Mountain Curs good office dogs? Do Mountain Curs make good office friendly dogs? Can Mountain Curs be office dogs?
No
Mountain Cur is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Mountain Cur dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cur Dog temperament with senior people? Are Mountain Cur dogs good for elderly owners?
Mountain Curs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Mountain Cur Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Mountain Cur dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Mountain Cur is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Mountain Cur breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Mountain Cur see the vet?
Average
The Mountain Cur should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Mountain Cur dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Mountain Cur be? What is the age limit of the Mountain Cur? How many years can the oldest Mountain Cur live?
12-16 years
The average lifespan of Mountain Cur: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Mountain Cur breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Mountain Curs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Mountain Cur have? What is the activity level of the Mountain Cur?
Mountain Curs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Mountain Cur dogs require per day?
Mountain Curs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Mountain Curs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Mountain Cur need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Mountain Cur risk for obesity:
Average: The Mountain Cur has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Mountain Cur's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Mountain Cur can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Mountain Cur has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Mountain Cur drool?
The Mountain Cur is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Mountain Cur As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Mountain Cur is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Mountain Cur be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Mountain Cur is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Mountain Cur is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Mountain Cur is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a boat dog?

Not really

Mountain Cur breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Mountain Cur be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Mountain Cur is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Mountain Cur dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Mountain Cur Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Mountain Cur: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Mountain Cur have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-8 puppies

Mountain Cur Recognition

AKC Group
Is Mountain Cur recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Mountain Cur recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Mountain Cur breed?
Continental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Mountain Cur Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Mountain Curs are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Mountain Curs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Mountain Cur requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Mountain Curs shed none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Mountain Curs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Mountain Curs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Mountain Curs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Mountain Curs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Mountain Cur breed.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Mountain Curs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: Mountain Curs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Mountain Cur is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Mountain Cur History

Mountain Curs are the true All-American Pioneer dog. The settlers that crossed the Alleghenies and the Appalachians needed a dog to help them survive in the wilderness. The smart, tough, loyal, and brave temperature, and physical makings of the Mountain Curs were perfect for this. These dogs were part of the way of life for the frontiersmen in territories such as; Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, then later Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The exact origin of the breed is unknown due to the absence of official records as there was no need for an official pedigree among the pioneers. Some say the first settlers to the New World brought mixed Cur-type dogs with them and these dogs may have been crossed with a dog that the Native Americans already had here in America. The Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is also reported to have brought some brindle-colored, bob-tailed dogs with him to America.

What we know for sure is that by 1957, the Mountain Cur was an established breed of its own. They were used to catch, tree, or hole wild game for the family’s food until the 1940s. These people used money from sold furs that their dogs hunted to provide for their families. During the 1940s and ’50s, many people in the rural south were moving to cities for jobs, and fewer people on the farm and in the mountains, and as a consequence of this phenomenon a decrease of the occurred in the population of the breed. Four individuals, Hugh Stephens and Woody Huntsman of Kentucky, Carl McConnell of Virginia, and Dewey Ledbetter of Tennessee are given credit for saving the breed from dying out and setting the Mountain Cur breed standard. In 1956, these four founded the Original Mountain Cur Breeders' Association. (OMCBA) which is an association working on the best maintenance of the breed the purer as possible.

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  • Zacharyh hext

    Dec 14, 2020, 4:37:36 PM:

    Very good dogs extremely smart and very easy to train this breed is not happy until you are highly recommend as long as u have plenty of space where they can run and they have a natural desire to hunt