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Stephens Cur Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Other Names
What other names does the Stephens Cur have? The dog breed also known as...
Stephens’ Stock Mountain Cur, Stephens’ Stock Cur, Mountain Cur
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Stephens Cur recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Stephens Cur recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Stephens 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? Stephens Cur price:
$400-$500
If you choose to purchase the Stephens 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 Stephens Cur for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Stephens Cur gets to a happy place.

History

The Stephens Cur, also known as the Stephens Stock Cur, originates as a strain from the Cur group that developed from the Mountain Cur. The word cur actually refers to a dog with mixed ancestry and was also used to describe these types of dogs as all-purpose dogs that were valued for their working abilities. It is believed that they descended from the dogs brought by the European settlers when they came to the New World. These dogs were prevalent in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee mountains where people were highly dependent on them as they were the ones who put meat on the table. Their job was also to guard the family and the property from wild animals and from thieves. These early dogs were the forefathers, the Mountain Curs who had been in existence for over 200 years.

However, World War was not kind to any dog breeds and it was one of the reasons why by the 1940s the Mountain Cur became very rare and close to extinction. Thankfully, four people stepped up and began to restore the breeding programs and developed the Stephens Cur. These individuals were Hugh Stephens of Kentucky, Carl McConnel of Virginia, Woody Huntsman of Kentucky, and Dewey Ledbetter of Tennessee. These men organized the Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association and continued the breeding of different strains of the Mountain Cur. The Stephens Cur has evolved from the strain developed by Hugh Stephens. The Stephens Stock Cur was identified in 1970 by its namesake Hugh Stephen who believed that it was different enough from the original strains of Mountain Cur, and so the Stephen’s Breeders Association was formed. As a result of this, in 1998 the Stephens Cur was recognized by the United Kennel Club. The breed is now known as a tenacious hunter, a dog that can carry its weight and more and also using its excellent scenting ability to scent both the ground and the wind. It is a rather small scenthound that stands between 41-58 cm, had a short black coat with some white markings, and a small head with a narrow muzzle which gives the impression of a sleek hound. The breed is predominantly used to hunt squirrels and raccoons, too small to hunt black bears, but when they hunt as a pack they are considered to have sufficient courage to take on either species.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Stephens Cur size:
LargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Stephens Cur weigh? Stephens Cur weight:
Male: 30-60 pounds (13-27 kg), Female: 25-55 pounds (11-25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Stephens Cur? Stephens Cur average weight:
Male: 45 pounds (20 kg), Female: 40 pounds (18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Stephens Cur? Stephens Cur height:
Male: 18-25 inches (48-65 cm), Female: 16-22 inches (41-58 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Stephens Cur average height:
Male: 21.5 inches (56.5 cm), Female: 19 inches (49.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Stephens Cur have? What does this canine coat look like?
Sleek
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Stephens Cur's coat?
BlackBlondeBlue BrindleBrownCreamRedWhiteYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Stephens Cur and how often?
Effortless: The Stephens 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. Stephens 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 Stephens Cur dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Stephens’ Stock Mountain Cur? Stephens Cur shedding level:
Stephens Curs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Stephens Cur dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Stephens Cur have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Hard workingInstinctualIntelligentTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Stephens Cur? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Stephens Cur's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Stephens Cur dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Stephens Curs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Stephens Cur is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Stephens Cur sensitivity:
They are easygoing, low-sensitivity dogs. Moderate punishment works great with this breed, they won't be affected emotionally. Stephens Curs tolerate irregular daily routine, young children, noisy household, office environment, and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Stephens Curs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Stephens’ Stock Mountain Cur need? Stephens Cur social needs:
Stephens Curs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Stephens Cur dogs bark a lot? Why does my Stephens’ Stock Cur bark?
Average to high: The Stephens Cur is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Stephens Cur good as a watchdog?
Stephens Curs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Stephens Curs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Stephens Cur dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Stephens Curs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Stephens Cur bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Stephens’ Stock Mountain Cur? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Stephens Cur? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Stephens 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Stephens Cur do?
Stephens 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 Stephens Curs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Stephens Cur to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Stephens Cur roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Stephens Cur is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Stephens Cur have high prey drive?
Stephens Curs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Stephens Cur dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Stephens Cur good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Stephens Curs are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Stephens Curs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Stephens 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Stephens Cur dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Stephens Curs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Stephens Cur dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Stephens Cur and children:
Stephens Curs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Stephens Cur dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Stephens Curs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Stephens Cur good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Stephens Cur dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Stephens Curs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Stephens Cur can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Stephens Curs good office dogs? Do Stephens Curs make good office friendly dogs? Can Stephens Curs be office dogs?
No
Stephens Cur is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Stephens Cur dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Stephens’ Stock Mountain Cur temperament with senior people? Are Stephens Cur dogs good for elderly owners?
Stephens Curs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Stephens Cur dogs get along with other pets? Are Stephens Cur dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Stephens Curs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Stephens Cur breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Stephens Curs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Stephens Cur be a service dog?
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). Stephens Cur is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Stephens Cur be a therapy dog?
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. Stephens Cur is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Stephens Cur be a sniffer dog?
Not really
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. Stephens Cur is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Stephens Cur be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Stephens Cur is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Stephens Cur be a boat dog?
Not really
Stephens Cur breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Stephens 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. Stephens Cur is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Stephens Cur dogs have health problems?
Stephens Curs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Stephens Cur dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Stephens Cur be?
12-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Stephens Cur breed hypoallergenic?
No
Stephens Curs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher 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 Stephens Cur have?
Stephens Curs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Stephens Cur dogs require per day?
Stephens 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?
Stephens Curs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Stephens Cur need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Stephens Cur risk for obesity:
Average. The Stephens 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 Stephens Cur's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Stephens 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 Stephens Cur drool?
The Stephens 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Stephens Cur pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Stephens Cur pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Stephens 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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Stephens Cur have a litter? 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 Stephens Cur have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Stephens Cur

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Stephens Cur's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Stephens Curs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Stephens Curs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Stephens Curs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Stephens Cur requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Stephens Curs shed none to minimal.
  • Watchdog Ability: Stephens Curs are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Stephens Curs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Stephens Curs are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Stephens Curs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Stephens Curs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Stephens Cur is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Adaptability: Stephens Curs don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Stephens 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.
  • Cat Friendly: Stephens Curs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Stephens Cur is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Stephens Curs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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