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Gun Dog: Are Mountain Curs Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 07:41 PM

The mountain cur was created by gun dog breeders to become superb working dogs, but do they make great pets?

Mountain curs are exceptional family members — in the right families.

They are very attractive gun dogs, with strong, muscular bodies, wide heads and appealing high-set ears, according to Dog Breed Info Center.

Curs can vary somewhat in appearance, based on hair coat and color. The breed is seen in yellow, black, brindle, and brindle and black. White patches are seen on some.

The coat texture can be smooth, or rough with a softer undercoat, according to the United Kennel Club. Many are born without long tails, and the eyes are very expressive.

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When selecting a gun dog to have as a pet, consider what the dog was originally bred to do. The mountain cur is known for its ability to confront aggressive game, including wild cats. Mountain curs must be fearless and decisive.

They make great guard dogs and will protect their families, but they are not happy living in urban environments. Apartment living is not suitable for this dog, and suburban living must include daily rigorous exercise — such as a five-mile run. The dogs need regular exercise to use up their energy and to prevent destructive behaviors often seen in bored dogs.

This gun dog's protective instincts can also get them into trouble. They can be very dominant, and they need very strong owners who can train and control them. They should see humans as higher ranking pack members, including all the adults in the household. Children and mild mannered adults may have trouble controlling a cur, and a private trainer or behavior specialist may be needed to help families deal with the strong personality of their cur.

Mountain curs intended as pets should be socialized at a young age — starting with its littermates and continuing through puppyhood and beyond. Socialization should include other dogs and people who are willing to touch the dog, give basic commands, and walk the dog on a leash.

Dogs who accept this at a young age are likely to develop into stable canine companions. Will a mountain cur make a good family pet? Not all experts agree on the answer to this question, but curs can make great pets — in the right circumstances.

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