FOR NKC REGISTERED LEOPARD CURS
This breed standard
was revised January 1 1987 for the purpose of improving Leopard Curs.
This standard offers the breeder, buyer, and show judge a guide to help
in keeping the Leopard Curs similar in nature and appearance. The
Leopard Cur has been for the purpose of a dog that works well on coon
and large game such as bear and wild boar. The leopard runs to catch and
is not satisfied to just trail game.
Show Points Awarded
A medium to large type
cur, showing shorter ears than the hounds. The Leopard Curs can
come in five colors with any mixture of the colors and white.
Colors include: Leopard spotted, black, brindle, yellow, blue or gray.
If the coat is over 1/3 white in color there is a serious Breeders are
more interested in the hunting and treeing ability. The coat is
usually dense but smooth with a rough outer coat. A few are born with a
heavy coat and flag tail, this is not a fault.
Head & Neck (Teeth,
Jaws, Muzzle, Ears& Eyes)
The head should be
broad with the ears wide apart and eyes well set. The head should
never show to be the bulldog type. Muzzle of medium length and well
proportioned. Jaws heavy and well set indicating strength. Teeth
should be straight and strong with neither an over bite nor under bite.
Eyes should be well apart and round in the general appearance.
Being brown, white or glass in color. Ears should hang freely, not
flopped nor cocked and be well covered with hair to protect against
briars and the weather.
(Chest, Shoulders, Front Feet and Legs) 15
Heavy and well muscled
with front legs well apart and ribs well sprung giving lots of heart and
lung space showing strength and stamina. Front legs straight and strong
on well-arched feet, cat footed. A coon foot is a fault.
(Hips, Back, Back legs and feet)
Back should be broad
and heavy muscled, neither hump backed nor swayed back. Hips should be
strong and well muscled. Hind legs straight into well arched feet. Dew
Claws permissible. Tail may be long or short. (No preference given on
Characteristics Of Breed
The Leopard should
show great confidence in the owner, be neither timid nor over
aggressive. Should work well with other dogs and work to please owner.
Should have a chop or yodel on trail and chop on tree. Size: Ma1es 50 to
70 pounds with the females 45 to 65 pounds. Height should be appropriate
to size, not tall and lanky.
Gait & Movement
Dog should move in a
free-swinging movement showing strength & endurance with head and tail
carried high. Jerky or awkward gait is a serious fault.
The Leopard Cur should appear bold,
confident, trusting with the master. Neither too shy nor aggressive with
people or other dogs, and making no attempt to fight dogs or to bite