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Mountain Cur

BREED GROUP: Working
WEIGHT: 40 to 60 lbs
HEIGHT: 16 to 26 inches
COLOR(S): Brown, blue, red, yellow, brindle, black with tan or black with brindle points.
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DESCRIPTION

The Mountain Cur is bred for its working ability. It is a stocky, rugged, working dog with a genuine, though somewhat generic, cur appearance. Many terrier-type Curs were brought over with immigrants from Europe to America and mated with the native curs. This uncertain, rather sordid combination of canine produced an off-beat Cur able to adjust to the ways of life of the pioneers and the Indians.

TEMPERAMENT

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.

GROOMING

The short hair of the Mountain Cur is easy to groom. Occasionally comb and brush to remove dead and loose hair. Bathe only when necessary as bathing can dry out the skin - causing skin problems. Keep the ear cannel free of excess hair and the toenails clipped.

HEALTH

There are no known genetic health issues associated with the Mountain Cur breed.

EXERCISE

The Mountain Cur breed is not recommended for city or apartment living. The Mountain Cur requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise. They do best in a rural setting with work to do and ample room to safely roam and run.

TRAINING

The Mountain Cur is intelligent but is not submissive. They typically will only respond to their hunting master. Early socialization and basic obedience is recommended. The Mountain Cur will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.



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