Brought to America in the early 19th century by European immigrants who settled in the mountains of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. the medium-sized Mountain Cur was bred specifically for treeing and trailing small game like squirrel and raccoons. These dogs provided food as well as furs to generate trade and many mountain pioneer families in the South would not have survived without them.
During World War Two, millions left their rural homes to work in city factories and, by the end of the 1940s, the breed became rare. Hugh Stephens and Woody Huntsman of Kentucky, Carl McConnell of Virginia, and Dewey Ledbetter of Tennessee saved the breed and set the Mountain Cur breed standard. In 1956, they founded the Original Mountain Cur Breeders’ Association (OMBCA).
Weight: 30–60 lb (14–27 kg)
Height: Male: 18–26 in (46–66 cm) Female: 16–24 in (41–61 cm)
Coat: Short and rough or short and smooth.
Color: Brindle, Black, Blue, Brown, Yellow, Red.
Life span: 14-16 years
Temperament: Intelligent, Quiet, Protective, Tough, Courageous.
Health: Healthy breed. Some may be prone to deafness.
• Cautious of strangers.
• Strong instinct to chase game up trees.
• Cur is an old word that refers to a dog of an unknown breed.
• The most common strains of the Mountain Cur include the McConnell, Stephens, Ledbetter, Arline and York.
UKC: Scenthound breeds