The Mountain Cur was once considered a variant of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle, but is now considered its own breed. Curs are generally multipurpose farm dogs, used for working with livestock, for hunting and other tasks. When on the hunt the Mountain Cur works as a treeing dog, meaning it was developed to track it's prey and then force the animal into a tree. Once it is treed the dog will continue to bark until the hunter makes the kill or the dog is called off.
Mountain Cur Standards
- AKC (FSS)
- UKC (Scenthound)
- 35-70 lbs
- medium scenthound
- short to medium length drop ears
- tail is natural bob, docked or medium length
- smooth or rough coat
- buttermilk buckskin
History of the Mountain Cur
The exact ancestry of the Mountain Cur is unknown, although it is related to the Treeing Tennessee Brindle and the American Leopard Hound. One theory is that it developed from English Foxhounds crossed with European herding breeds and Native American dogs similar to the Carolina Dog. Its stronghold is the Ohio River Valley, although it can be found throughout the southern United States.