|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Mountain Cur is a type of
working dog used
for treeing and trailing
game; mainly squirrel
and raccoon, but also
large game. It is a member of the
Hound group. They can also be used as
water dogs. Mainly bred in
Tennessee, it has
been registered with the
Kennel Club since 1998. The
Mountain Cur Breeder's Association was formed in
The Mountain Cur was brought to
Europe by the settlers of
the Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee mountains to guard the family and
property, and chase and tree game. These dogs enabled the settlers to provide
meat and pelts which could be sold or traded for other goods. The Mountain Cur
was bred and maintained for nearly two hundred years. With the advent of
World War II,
many of the families who had bred them left the rural areas and went to work in
factories in the war effort. By the end of the
1940's the breed was becoming
rare. 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.
- Coat: Heavy, medium short.
- Color: Black, black and brindle, yellow and can have white
- Head: Broad square with top being a flat plane between the high
- Eyes:Dark brown, expressive.
- Ears:Short to medium with a high set and tightly controlled.
- Muzzle: Heavy with wide nares. Teeth form a scissor like bite.
- Body: Stocky, muscular, square and slightly longer than the tail
which can be docked but long enough to form a handle for show. Some pups are
born with a bobbed tail.
- Legs: Straight, medium long, muscular capable of speed.
- Feet: Oval shaped, muscled with feline-like pads. Can have back
The Mountain Cur is intelligent, easily trained, and neither vicious nor shy.
They can be suitable as companion animals and guard dogs.
The book Old
Yeller by Frederick Gipson was about a Mountain Cur but, in the 1957
Old Yeller, he was played by a yellow
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