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Weight: 30-60 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The Mountain Cur is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 14-16 years
The Mountain Cur is known to be a healthy breed, as there are not many concerning medical conditions that impact this breed. Inevitably, poor breeding can lead to genetic conditions and unhealthy puppies being sold.
It is important that you work with a reputable breeder at all times and always look over your new puppy before you purchase him or her. A responsible breeder will screen the parent pups and have them tested to ensure they do not have any medical conditions or diseases.
While the Mountain Cur is considered healthy, you need to keep an eye out for some conditions, such as obesity, blindness, bloat, and deafness.
Obesity can occur quickly if your pup is not provided with the right nutrition and adequate exercise. It is important that you monitor what your pup eats. Obesity is a health concern that needs to be addressed because it can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure in your pup. If you think that your puppy is obese, you should take him or her to the vet to find out what you can do to improve his or her health.
Blindness is a concern in many breeds, so you should keep an eye on your pup’s vision. If you notice that something does not seem right, mention it to your veterinarian and have your puppy screened. Sometimes, blindness occurs at birth, but more commonly it occurs from cataracts or other eye diseases.
Bloat is a serious and life-threatening condition that needs immediate attention when it occurs. Bloat happens when your pup has too much air trapped inside of his or her stomach. The stomach will try to expand and place pressure on other organs, which causes them to not be able to operate correctly.
Lastly, you want to have your new puppy screened to make sure that he or she is not deaf. Deafness can be present at birth, but usually occurs over time and in older dogs. Your puppy may be partially deaf or completely deaf.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Mountain Cur is a brave and headstrong breed that is not afraid of much. You will find that your pup is alert and makes a wonderful watchdog for you and your family. Your new pup will be wary of strangers and not afraid to protect you when needed. This means that you will need to take the time to properly introduce new people into the home so that your pup can warm up to them.
This breed is not recommended for novice owners due to their instinct to be dominant and in charge. This breed needs an owner that will not back down and will stand their ground and assert themselves as dominant.
While your Mountain Cur tries to be the alpha, he or she still likes to show affection and love to you, but you should not expect it all of the time. This breed is good with children when the pup has been socialized but is best for older children.
Your Mountain Cur is a great dog to take on hiking trips or hunting because he or she has a lot of stamina and enjoys being outside. You need to provide your pup with walks and exercise daily. This breed is not recommended for apartments and should be kept in a home that has a yard.
Your new Mountain Cur is easy to train and will not cause too many problems for you. In fact, this breed likes to listen and obey you. This pup is known to learn quicker than other breeds, so you will not have to repeat commands many times before the pup catches on.
The Mountain Cur has easy grooming needs and does not shed a lot at all, which makes this breed a good option for those who do not want to pick up hair all of the time.
You should brush your pup’s coat at least once or twice per week to remove any hairs that may be loose. This breed does not require any special grooming or stripping of the coat.
You do not need to bathe your pup on a regular basis and can bathe him or her only when it is necessary. In fact, you can often give your Mountain Cur a dry bath or wipe down to remove any dirt from the coat.
Your Mountain Cur will consume about 2.5 cups to 3 cups of dry kibble per day. You should choose a high-quality brand of dog food that will provide your pup with the nutrients he or she needs. It is important to avoid poor quality foods and wet foods as the Mountain Cur is prone to obesity.
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Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Mountain Cur is a good breed for any family, but will do better in a home that has older children and active adults. You will find that this breed is easy to groom and care for in general. Your Mountain Cur needs an experienced owner who is not afraid to be dominant and assert himself or herself as alpha. This breed ranks a 3.
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