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The Mountain Cur is a type of working dog that is bred specifically for treeing and trailing small game, like squirrel and raccoons. They are also used for hunting and baying big game like bear and wild boar as well as being an all-purpose farm dog. Curs are a member of the Hound group, and the Mountain Cur is one of several varieties of cur. It can also be used as a water dog. Mainly bred in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee, it has been registered with the United Kennel Club since 1998. The Mountain Cur Breeder's Association was formed in 1957.
This is not a submissive, easygoing dog. With the toughness and courage to confront a very angry, very large cat, these Curs have learned to be decisive and dauntless. Usually silent on the trail, they make consistent guard dogs, but certainly are not ideal for suburbia, where there is no call to work. Trailing ability varies with strains, but they have enough nose to follow game and many carry treeing ability. Some lines are bred for tree dogs and others for baying. This very tough large-game, raccoon and squirrel hunter is willing to face a squealing razorback or an angry wildcat when it is cornered. It has a strong desire to please its master. Very protective of the property and family; without an owner who is more dominant than itself, it can become over-protective. The Mountain Cur is noted for his courage. This hunting dog will catch a mad bull head-on in the nose and will hold his ground even against a bear when threatened. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Because a dog communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.
www.dogster.com)Dependable, sturdy and extremely obedient, the Mountain Cur is an amazing companion for the outdoor enthusiast—it 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. (Source:
We have a mountain cur female, somewhere between 9 and 11 years old – we’re not sure because we got her from a work friend, who got her from a shelter where she was taken after being abused when she was younger. Despite that, she is a wonderful family dog who loves to play and run around with lots of energy. She’s very protective and “defends” her yard from other dogs being walked – until she gets to know them and then she’s very friendly. However, we’ve noticed that she has recently developed a pretty bad limp which seems to be coming from one of her rear legs. How prone are mountain curs to hip dysplasia? She might be mixed with another breed, but we don’t know what that might be. (Source: www.101dogbreeds.com)
Yes, these dogs are really protective, and at times, over protective too. It is not because they are dangerous, but that they are possessive, and love their masters a bit too much. It is not unlikely that they won’t attack strangers or intruders. However, if you have never experienced owning a dog before, you might want to think twice before adopting this breed. For more information, you can go through the ‘Temperament and Behavior’ section in this page. (Source: www.101dogbreeds.com)