Mountain Cur information provided by the UKC and CKC describe this breed as a compact, muscular and agile treeing dog. The head is broad and slightly wedge-shaped with high set ears and large brown eyes (that can range amber in lightness). The coat is thick and longer than many Cur types, however, it is still considered short. Common coat colors include: black, brindle, blue, yellow, red and blonde; the coats may include small portions of white. The tail may be naturally bobbed or long.
Although they may independently make decisions on the hunting trail, they are intelligent, obedient and eager to please; most contend they can easily be discourage from unwanted behaviors. Training should focus on establishing the owner as the pack leader with firm, consistent commands, otherwise, they may become over protective. Early socialization is a must if these dogs are to live with cats or small animals and may not be successful still. Overall, this breed is easily trained by a first time owner.
Mountain Curs have high protective instincts and, although not aggressive dogs, have been known to protect their owners from threats as large as mountain lions! They will certainly be watchful and aren't shy of raising an alarm. To friendly people, they will be friendly in return and they do very well with children and other dogs.
This breed enjoys being outdoors and thrives most on a large property or, at the least, a large fenced yard. They will actively patrol the home and property, ridding it of vermin and alerting you when necessary. Their absolute favorite activity is hunting, as this is where their origins and natural aptitudes lie. If you keep this breed indoors, they will certainly need at least an hour daily outdoor activity to avoid becoming bored and destructive.