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Mountain Cur

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 35 - 70 lbs.

Height: 18" - 23"

Life Span: 11 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: United States (1700s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Guard Dog, Hunting, Herding

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Mountain Cur requires daily exercise consisting of long walks, jogs, romps or play sessions. This breed loves to run in a fenced yard.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Tough, courageous and protective. Sometimes, this breed can be overly protective and aggressive. Happiest when it is working, the Mountain Cur does best in rural areas and is not suited to suburban or city living. Makes an excellent guard dog.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Mountain Cur descends from dogs brought to the American Midwest by early settlers. It was originally used for hunting bears and large cats such as jaguars and bobcats. After dwindling in numbers, the breed is now being revived.

Pet Facts

While the canine actor in the movie "Old Yeller" was a Labrador Retriever, the dog described in the original book by the same name was most likely a Mountain Cur."