Mountain Cur

Breed History

Mountain Cur Puppy

Mountain Cur is a medium size hunting dog that comes from the Cur Dog family. Known for their treeing instincts, superior intelligence, and high prey drive they can do many different jobs.

One of the few breeds to hold the distinction of coming from America and like most of the others there were bred to do a specific job. Treeing is a job that many dogs don’t know how to do as well as the Mountain Cur.

Treeing consists of the dog finding prey that is in the trees and they begin barking giving notification of the presence of an animal. Owners can train them to leave certain animals alone and to only focus on others.

Until the mid-20th century they were a strong companion that would always hunt with their owners. These dogs have lost their jobs due to the commercial farming industries and the need for hunting is now recreational instead of survival.

Most popular in the mid-west of the United States and southern states show a strong interest in the breed as well.  After the first World War it was almost impossible to find one of these dogs.

There four people who made sure they didn’t become extinct and those people are McConnell, Stephens, Ledbetter, Arline and York all have strains of different types of Mountain Curs belonging to the same breed.

Registration

They currently don’t have registration with the American Kennel Club but are well on there way. The Original Mountain Cur Breeders of America Association is the first kennel club they were formed for the Mountain Cur.

This organization was made in 1957 and have been one of the driving forces for them to receive registration with the American Kennel Club. Although they aren’t getting paperwork, yet they are put in the hound group and are known to be great hunters.

Here are the few kennel clubs that shows recognition and the breed standards they have for this dog currently.

Size

Male Height: 18-24 inches

Female Height: 16-22 inches

Male Weight: 45-60 pounds

Female Weight: 40-50 pounds

Litter Size

5 puppies are the average litter size for the Mountain Cur. Breeders should be aware of the average litter size they should expect. Caring for these puppies for at least eight weeks before selling them to a great owner is ideal. There are no known health issues that the mother must worry about when delivering.

Colors

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Brindle
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • White Markings are acceptable along with brindle and tan points

Price

$1,000-$3,000 is the average price you can expect to pay for a Mountain Cur. Prices vary depending on location, supply, demand, currency and other factors that can affect the price.

Registration will make the dog cost more money but the quality of the dog in comparison to the breed standard will be ideal. Bloodline is going to be tracked from the 1950’s until present day.

When a dog doesn’t have papers, it is for a reason most of the time. Both parents need papers for the puppy to receive papers. Expect to pay a few hundred for a dog without papers.

Grooming

Take your dog on a long walk or run before every grooming session and the results will pay dividends. Get them in the right state of mind with the exercise session and use a leash to communicate that you want them to stay in one spot.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the coat once every two weeks will be enough.

No need to comb the coat it is a short single coat.

Bathe the dog after a long exercise session and a leash. Watch the results and dynamics of a bath after a long hot run turn into a dog that enjoys the bath and drinking out of the hose.

Ears should be clean once per week to avoid any ear infections the dog will get. Taking a cloth and removing any dirt from the ear is the best practice.

Trimming the nails should be done after exercise, which we recommend. If you don’t choose to exercise your dog, which we don’t recommend, you will need to cut them with clippers.

Hiring a professional groomer is not a recommendation for this breed.

Life Span

14 years is the average lifespan of a Mountain Cur. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment for this dog. Great adoption pick because of how long they live. You can get a Mountain Cur as an adult dog and they can live for another decade or more.

Health Issues

No known health problems are in association with the breed according to their kennel club.

Breed Group

Hound Group is the group that this dog is going to be a part of in the AKC and they are a member of the hound group with the United Kennel Club. All these dogs have one thing in common they’re excellent hunters.

Dogs in the hound group are broken into sighthounds and scent hounds. Either way they exhibit high intelligence, great endurance, and excellent prey drive.

Here are some of the dogs in the Hound Group

Exercise Needs

Mountain Cur needs a lot of exercise and they need it every single day. Most owners have no idea how much exercise is too little and how much is too much. Never will you exercise a dog too much so let’s talk about how to not to exercise them too little.

All dogs need exercise and it will vary on a case by case basis. Some will be higher energy than another. A dog’s behavior will determine what you will do. Let’s examine a dog with bad behavior.

Most dogs with bad behavior are getting either no exercise or inadequate exercise. Digging, barking, jumping, over excitement, hard tail wags and never listening are just some of the symptoms the dog will display.

In order to help with this, build up you need to start giving the dog some exercise on daily basis. Here is what we recommend to new clients.

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Once you start to implement this simple daily ritual you will notice that the dog is now resting in the crate, backyard or in the house. Not destroying anything but resting until the next session.

Excitement will be brought to a low to nonexistent level and you will have a great addition to the family that loves to listen and simply blend in.

Younger dogs will need the most runs, and we recommend you run your dog on a bike. Two sessions per day will help them out the most.

Adult dogs need runs but they will benefit from more walks than runs at this point. Training should be on autopilot and the energy levels should be low.

Senior dogs need only one walk with no runs in most cases.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every home should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than exercise. Doing the least amount of exercise, you should which is one session for an hour every day will result in 365 hours of exercise. For two sessions you can accomplish up to 720 hours per day and I think we can both agree that would be life altering exercise amounts for a dog that doesn’t exercise. Or a dog that exercises himself through digging or barking. He won’t have the time or energy for bad behavior.

Commands are a great way to get complete control over the dog. Implementing the exercising sessions per day is the first order and then you can move on to giving commands to a calm dog. Repetition will teach the dog how to remember the command and it will take around two or three days to complete. Use treats, toys, and life rewards to reward the dog.

Socialization of the dog should happen in this sequence with no deviation; exercise first and then socialization. Before vet visits, doggy dates, dog park, regular park, and car rides pre exhaust the dog first. Doing this will give you amazing results over time. Start with two hours of exercise if one doesn’t do anything.

Correct the dog verbally, on or off leash. Timing and the follow through are the most important parts of the corrects. Physically aspect is a small part because you will not use it often. Prevent the dog from committing the act is the perfect timing. Make them sit or lay after each correction.

Are Mountain Curs Aggressive?

No, anybody claiming a dog breed is born aggressive shouldn’t be a trusted source of information. A dog can become aggressive due to a bad owner. Encouraging and praising aggressive behavior while never providing an outlet to release energy positivity will lead in any dog becoming aggressive. It isn’t the dog it’s the owner.

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