The Mountain Cur: A Complete Guide

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The Mountain Cur is a breed of working dog that originated in the United States.

It was bred with the main aim of being used to trail small animals during hunting, but it has since gone on to grab hold of a place in the heart of many around the world.

The breed was in danger of becoming extinct several decades ago, but thanks to the creation of a club that was dedicated to the breed, this trend has been reversed.

Initially brought to the United States with the settlers, they have since become a mainstay of so many parts of American life.

They are wonderful guard dogs and are certainly protective of their area. They do also have a strong hunting instinct, which does mean that there is a need for some training to stop this from becoming an issue.

However, as you will see, there are many real positives associated with this breed which could, in the correct circumstances, lead to them being the ideal dog for you.

Mountain Cur Puppies – Before You Buy…

A close up of a Mountain Curs face
The Mountain Cur was bred as a working dog.

Before you perhaps go ahead and purchase a Mountain Cur puppy, there are certainly a few things that you are going to need to think about before parting with your cash.

This is where you need to get honest with yourself as this is not a small dog, and it also has a significant amount of power when an adult. Are you able to handle a dog of this size and power?

What Price are Mountain Cur Puppies?

So, what can you expect to pay when it comes to Mountain Cur puppies?

Well, as usual, it depends on the pedigree and the prices are generally better in the United States where this breed is undoubtedly more common. Also, the price is often lower than you would pay for other breeds.

In general, the price can vary between $300 to $500 for a puppy. Those with a stronger pedigree and from a registered breeder will be at the higher end of the price bracket.

How to Find Reputable Mountain Cur Breeders?

To find reputable Mountain Cur breeders, we recommend contacting the Kennel Club to see how they can help.

You will know that any breeder passed by the KC is going to be operating at the highest standards, and that does make things easier.

At the same time, you may wish to contact established Mountain Cur groups and see if they can inform you as to the best breeders in their experience.

For some, this is the better, and more trusted, route to take, so do weigh things up all on your own.

Also see: 9 types of mountain dog breeds

3 Little-Known Facts About Mountain Cur Puppies

An adult Mountain Cur standing on grass
The Mountain Cur is undoubtedly an outdoors type of dog.

So, what are some of the cool things that you might want to know about Mountain Cur puppies?

Well, there are undoubtedly many different things that leap out, but how about these three things?

  • They have very few genetic issues.

You have probably read with several breeds that there are issues with genetics leading to a whole host of different health issues throughout their life.

Well, this is not the case with the Mountain Cur.

Instead, they have to be one of the healthiest dogs out there, which contributes to them living longer than other breeds.

  • They hardly need to be bathed or groomed.

The Mountain Cur very rarely needs to be bathed or groomed, and they also rarely shed.

Of course, if they end up dirty then you need to deal with it, but thanks to their short hair it doesn’t get matted like other breeds.

  • They love fresh air.

A Mountain Cur is not the type of dog to have if you are stuck in an apartment as that will drive them crazy.

They need fresh air pretty much all of the time or as much as possible. Ultimately, you need a yard that they can run around in.

There is no doubt that this breed of dog can be a wonderful companion, but there is so much to learn about them to then be able to provide them with the kind of life that they need to thrive.

Physical Traits of the Mountain Cur

Perhaps the main thing to be aware of has to be the physical traits of the Mountain Cur.

This is a rather impressive looking dog, and considering what it was bred for, then having a strong dog is essential.

It is generally slim in stature, but it also has an athleticism surrounding it. They have strong muscle groups, which was required for their type of work, and yet they are also very graceful and agile.

Their head and neck are both stocky and powerful, and their fur is short and thick while it is also closely-fitting to their bodies. It will also generally have a rather textured appearance to it as well.

Overall, this is a dog that appears to be a ‘no mess’ kind of breed, but then that is purely because of the reason for which it was bred in the first place.

How Big is a Full-Grown Mountain Cur?

A full-grown Mountain Cur is not going to be a small dog. Instead, it is quite imposing with the males being slightly larger than their female counterparts.

You are generally looking at their weight ranging from anywhere between 30 to 60 pounds. The males will typically be more to the higher end of that scale.

For the height, then it will be somewhere between 16 to 26 inches at their withers, and the males will also be the taller out of the two.

In other words, they are quite comfortably a medium-sized dog, but they are still a breed that is rather imposing.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Mountain Cur?

With a Mountain Cur, you are looking at it having a slightly longer life expectancy than most other large dogs out there.

In fact, there are some that can live as long as 16 years, which is impressive compared to other breeds.

Of course, there are different things that need to be done in order to extend their life, and several of these issues will be covered later.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Mountain Cur

A brown Mountain Cur standing up
The Mountain Cur is a wonderful guard dog.

A Mountain Cur is an extremely intelligent dog. Also, their breeding has led to them having a very stable temperament with a tougher side being called upon when necessary.

However, even though it was bred for the outdoors, this is a dog with an extremely friendly and loving personality in the correct settings.

The only problem is that they do need to be trained from an early age. Failure to do so will lead to a dog that can become difficult to handle.

Also, they do not cope that well with isolation, so they do need to be with you for a considerable amount of time.

They do not cope well with other dogs in their vicinity, so they should be an ‘only dog’ to get the best out of them.

This breed is often rather reserved when they are around strangers. However, this is due to their nature and because of their protective instincts.

This is what makes them a perfect guard dog as they will view strangers with a certain degree of suspicion rather than believing that everyone is going to be their friend.

Ultimately, if you do not have things for them to do regularly, then this would not be the correct dog for you to own.

They do not want to just laze around and sleep all day as this will drive them crazy. Failing to address this early on will just lead to additional problems developing.

In general, they are inquisitive, warmhearted, fearless, dependable, and an absolute joy to be around.

The Mountain Cur’s Diet

The Mountain Cur’s diet is larger than the average dog. However, that still does not mean that you can feed it anything that you want.

The good quality food matched with you providing them with real ingredients is essential. Avoid normal dog food due to the poor ingredients, and provide them with a varied diet.

The amount of food that they need does vary depending on age.

A puppy that is up to 12 weeks old is going to require four small bowls of specialist food over 24 hours.

As they grow, this is reduced to three meals for 3 to 6-month-old puppies, then two meals between 6 months and a year, and then finally one meal.

This is all linked in with the sheer amount of energy that Mountain Cur puppies have as well as the energy that is required to help them to grow.

Remember, this is a strong and powerful dog, so providing them with specialist puppy food is going to be essential.

You should provide them with some vegetables and fruits as part of their diet as this can provide them with the nutrients they require for the sake of their energetic lifestyle. They can also enjoy fish regularly.

Do not be tempted into feeding them snacks and stick to the number of meals per day. Failing to do this can lead to obesity in the breed.

How Much Exercise Does a Mountain Cur Need?

A Mountain Cur does have very decent stamina levels due to its breeding. This means you will need to exercise them on a regular basis to keep them fit and to also burn off some of that energy.

Their exact requirements do depend on their age. However, do not think that just a 10-minute walk near your house once a day is going to cut it, because it’s not.

Instead, you should be looking at potentially a minimum of two walks per day of roughly 30 minutes with each walk.

Failing to provide them with enough exercise will lead to a dog becoming bored, and they can then become destructive at home. They have a preference for chewing things, so your furniture could become a target.

Do note that if your Mountain Cur is aged between 6 to 18 months, then there is an excessive amount of energy that has to be dealt with.

Mountain Cur Health and Conditions

One of the best things about this breed of dog is that there are no known hereditary diseases linked to it. This is partly the reason why it ends up living so long.

The only health conditions that it can really develop will be those that are linked to general old age and if you do not exercise them on a regular basis.

As long as you feed them the correct food, then it should also mean that they avoid becoming obese and the issues connected to being over-weight.

If you are at all concerned about owning a dog that has a number of health problems, then this would be the perfect breed for you.

My Final Thoughts on the Mountain CurA close up of a Mountain Curs face

Even though the Mountain Cur was bred for working reasons, don’t believe that this rules them out from being a wonderful family dog.

Instead, you will have a dog that is fiercely loyal to you at all times and will protect you if required.

As was mentioned earlier, you need to train it as soon as possible to reduce the chances of them testing you too much.

Exercise them regularly to avoid boredom as well as those destructive issues that could arise under those circumstances.

The Mountain Cur is undoubtedly an outdoors type of dog, so if you spend a considerable amount of time there, then this is going to prove to be the perfect companion for you.

However, if you are stuck indoors regularly, then we would strongly advise you to look elsewhere instead or you could have one very unhappy dog on your hands.

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