Mountain Cur Q&A
There is a mountain cur mix at the shelter where I work .. I love this dog and admit I cried when she was adopted a few months ago. She and I were buddies and I used to walk her daily, she loved going for rides and seemed to be the happiest when laying around the backroom with me during the day. She came back to the shelter a few days ago. She had already been in the shelter for at least 3 years and I'm afraid there is no one here who fully understands her needs .. But I don't know if I can bare to see her go again .. I live in an apartment right now which is the worst place for this breed but we are in the catskill mountains and the shelter has trails and fields where I could run her everday. Plus my boyfriend and I love camping and hiking so she would make good company for our other dog when we go. Should I still consider bringing her home even though i don't know how long we will be in an apartment or should I just wait and let her get adopted out? I would really appreciate any input
I totally disagree with this site on the Mountain Curs' ideal environment, as well as any other site with this opinion. I myself keep a wonderful female Mountain Cur in a small home for going on 9 years now, and I know of a few others that have and are doing so as well, and I can tell you that these highly intelligent, loving, playful breeds, are just as perfectly suited for apartment or small home life as they are the outdoors. Curs are naturally curious and somewhat hyper and they will always need exercise indoors and out, but just about any breed needs this in my opinion to be healthy and happy. Also, you need to start training your cur early. They are amazingly intelligent and need to know you're the pack leader quickly. Once established, there's almost nothing they can't learn lol. They are very loyal and loving which means very eager to please mommy or daddy. They don't tend to gain weight easily but still keep a watch. They're They seem to get along amazingly well with cats and dogs and children, but make sure to socialize them slowly and carefully as with any dog breed. Very few health problems too, which is great on the pocketbook, but watch for minor skin irritations , overbathing will usually dry their skin out. I usually give mine an Omega 3 supplement which tends to prevent alot of the itching and dryness. Otherwise healthy breed. Also, my dog was a shelter dog, and she has been the best dog I've ever had. Loyal, loving, funny, everything you'd want a dog to be pretty much. So bring her home I'd say. You might have just found a new family member lol! Hope this helps btw
I completely agree with the first response. I have a 6 mo old mtn. cur/collie mix. My girl is smart, loving and has a very mild temperment. She hardly ever barks. Mostly does a short whine when she wants something. Sometimes I think she's more cat than dog, but she can pull my arm right out of my shoulder just to catch that leaf before it gets away. A mtn cur mix is a great dog.
I agree totally. I hate seeing they are not good apartment dogs or house dogs. They may be fierce hunters, but they are gentle and sweet as can be in the house. Your own cats are okay the neighbors cats may be free game so be careful. All dogs need exercise but they are no where near the energy of the extremely energetic hunting breeds like Weimaraners and Vizsla's. They also calm down inside very well. Do not love to bark either. Our boy was a rescue and I am pretty sure spent the beginning of his life in a kennel. He has been slowly turning into a cuddle bug though. They do have a high natural hunting drive and instinct as far as obedience when this switch is on, good luck. They listen well and behave well until there is a squirrel in the room. The answer here is just don't push it or test it. Don't take your cur to a city park full of squirrels and expect him to come when called. If you think you are as interesting as a squirrel then by all means call your dog but chances are the dog will chase the squirrels first. The good news is they are generally close working dogs and though he may not listen well when he is "hunting" he does not like to let us get very far before he finds us again. Best dogs in the world
I have an 800 sq ft house - so not much bigger than an apt. In this house of 2 adults are 4 cats and 2 large dogs. The smaller dog is my cur and the larger is a 90# redbone coonhound. We do have acres and everyone gets to go outside. My cur is also my service dog, so she gets to go shopping with me and work, sometimes 4 or more hours. We go out at least every other day and she gets worked at home when not doing public access. She has always been very comfortable in the house from day 1. It isn't as if she's a saint bernard. She's quite happy so long as she gets to work. As for skin issues, the dogs get a fish oil capsule daily. I foster so there is often a new member of the family for a short time. She has helped raise and train puppies and kittens, including one feral 3 month old puppy. I agree with the above poster, bring her home and love on her. Never forget she is a hunting dog - she will hunt when given a chance and becomes deaf to all commands at that time. If there's a possibility of her hunting, don't let her off-leash if it's not a good location. My girl is incredibly loyal, protective, smart, dedicated, friendly, loving, just a wonderful dog.