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Mountain Cur

Mountain Cur
Mountain Cur Photo #1


Mountain Cur is popularly believed to have originated from the Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia mountains. Their existence is linked to the early settlers and colonizers of the southern part of the United States.

Their pioneers found then useful in hunting, herding their cattle and guarding various properties. But ironically no one is sure about their primary lineage. What's is known for sure is that they were brought to the U.S by the European immigrants. There are various other types of "Cur" throughout the country and even beyond.


The temperament of the Mountain Cur is totally unique from other standard domestic dogs. They lack the back-laid demeanor. They are very demanding when it comes to attention and so it's advisable to keep them as an only pet. This is because they can be quite aggressive to competition or anyone they label as an intruder.

They possess amazing instincts, which make them very good at hunting. Their work ethic is relenting.


Generally, the lifespan of the Mountain Cur is considered long. This is because this purebred dog breed is one of the all-around healthiest dogs you could ever find in the world. But to ensure it survives for long, you have to take care of its various sensitivities, just like any dog breed.


The coat of the Mountain Cur is generally short, pretty thick and close fitting. Its texture is noticeably rough. It contains two layers; the soft insulation undercoat and the top-heavy coat. And because of this, the shedding is very minimal and restricted to the semi-annual spring and fall seasons. 


Due to the nature of the top coat of the Mountain Cur, it's grooming needs aren't that complicated. It requires regular brushing and random bathes to keep nice and clean.


The Mountain Cur demands a lot of socialization to be happy. They tend to get lonely and bored pretty fast. Hence, plan to have visitors pretty often as well as other dogs. 

Special Needs

The active needs of a Mountain Cur are pretty demanding. When working, they can comfortably cover over 15 miles per day and still exhibit a lot of energy.  Also, they are natural chasers/hunters and therefore like climbing trees. An ability that should be maintained. If you cheer them on, your Mountain Cur can climb more than 10 feet per day.

Therefore, it's advisable to keep them as active as possible. Let them run, climb, swim or even play the fetch game.  Your property should also be large enough as they are never used to small/confined spaces. A proper fence is also paramount. 

Breed Information

Origin: United States
Breed Group:Working
Scenthound breeds (UKC)
Size:Medium to Large
Life span:12-16 years
Height:18-26 inches (46-66 cm)
Weight:30-60 pounds (13-27 kg)
Litter Size:3-8 puppies
Puppy Price:Average $300 - $500 USD

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Dog names

Rank Male Female
1 Buddy Daisy
2 Bear Chloe
3 Bailey Coco
4 Leo Abbie
5 Gus Lulu
6 Bruno Princess
7 Hank Belle
8 Scout Honey
9 Moose Millie
10 Hunter Willow
11 Joey Athena
12 Rudy Katie
13 Brutus Mimi
14 Mickey Lucky
15 Mac Ava
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