Official NKC Breed
Standards for the Mountain Cur
This breed standard was
established by the Mountain Cur association in the hope that breeders,
judges, and owners would be especially careful to breed only those dogs
that meet this standard and would continue to improve the Mountain Cur.
- Color: Black,
Brindle, Yellow, Blue, White markings permissible. White not to be
more than one third of total color.
- Head: Wide with short
muzzle sculptured in clean lines without Jowls or excess flesh on
the sides or under the eyes or temples.
- Lips: Medium
thickness, firm of line fitted neatly without folds at corners.
- Nose: Square rather
than round with nostrils well opened.
- Teeth: strong, white
and adapting perfectly in a scissor bite.
- Eyes: Set well apart
with the inner and outer corners in a straight line, large well
opened and calm never narrowed or slanted colors brown or dark.
- Ears: attached high
and firm at base, medium length and full control when alert.
- Chest: Broad and deep
with moderately curved ribs not too rounded.
- Neck: Strong and well
- Back: broad and
strong, never swayed or roached.
- Legs: Well muscled
with strong boned, straight and parallel to body.
- Feet: Strong and
rounded being slightly oval in shape. Pads well developed compact
and elastic. Toes strong, well arched, and compact.
- Dew Claws: Not
required but preferred with one or two on each rear leg, placed low
on leg giving a wider ease of the foot. Ideally dew claws function
as extra toes.
- Tail: Medium length,
well feathered or natural bob tailed.
- Voice: Open or semi
open on track preferred with good chance over at the tree. Silent
- Coat: Outer coat
smooth or rough, but not wooly. Undercoat fine and light.
- Height males 18-24
inches: Females 17-22 inches.
- Weight: Males 45-60
pounds: Females 40-50 pounds
- General Appearance:
Vigorous and alert, powerful and strong in bone and muscle,
exhibiting the strength and ability required in a hunting dog.
Strong treeing instinct, on all game, courageous fighters,
intelligent, easy trained, retaining a high degree of ancestral
instincts such as running a track with head in air, tracking style
much different than hounds but faster.
Mountain Cur Show Points
Awarded: In NKC License Shows
1. General Appearance and
2. Head and Neck (teeth,
jaws, muzzle, ears, and eyes) 15
3. Front quarters (chest,
shoulders, front legs, and feet) 15