Mountain View Cur is an affectionate and intelligent dog that serves a loving companion. This is a natural sight treeing dog that originated in United States. Apart from hunting, these fast track dogs are also used for drug control, search and rescue, and police work.
The breed was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Bloodgood, of Bonnieville, Kentucky as they wanted to create a superior hunting breed. The breed was developed by strict selection and in line breedings using Mountain Cur dogs.
These dogs were primarily used to hunt raccoon and squirrel but later come to be used on lions, bears, boars, pheasants, rabbits, hare, turkey, grouse and other large game. They are relatively rare outside their native region.
These dogs were originally registered with the Kemmer Stock Breeders Association Registry in 1992. Later, the founders and dedicated breeders of Mountain View Cur dogs resigned from the KSBA and chose American Squirrel and Night Hunters Association (ASNHA) in 1992 to hold the registry so that the dog could be registered as separate breed.
They wanted the registry to certify every tree dog before being used for breeding. Although the breeders did not want other dogs to be registered in the registry, later the ASNHA started registering non-proven tree dogs as well due to certain policy changes.
Therefore, in 1996, the Mountain View Cur Registry was formed as a subsidiary of the International Progressive Dog Breeders’ Alliance.
These agile working dogs, often considered as semi silent trailers are muscular and strong boned. Legs are straight and strong, thereby providing great speed. Nearly 99% of these dogs are born without dew-claws on hind feet.
Almost 50% of these dogs are born with bob tails. Mountain View Cur puppies born with longer tails are docked after a few days.
Color: Color of the hair coat is rich dark yellow to light blond, mostly with white markings on chest, feet and muzzle. Some Mountain View Curs may also be black, bindle or black and brindle in color.
Height: The average height of Mountain View Cur dog breed is 18 to 26 inches.
Weight: The average weight if these dogs ranges between 30 to 60 pounds.
These dogs are fairly healthy with no known genetic health issues.
Life Expectancy: The average life span of these dogs is 12 to 16 years.
Mountain View Cur grooming is quite easy and requires occasional brushing and combing of the short double coat to remove dead and loose hair. The dog needs to be bathed only when necessary. Besides, you should clip the dog’s toenails, check and clean his/her ears and carry out other grooming activities from time to time.
Mountain View Cur temperament is loyal, loving, intelligent, obedient, dauntless and protective. These cheerful dogs are active but not hyperactive. You will find that your beloved Mountain View Cur would be always eager to please you to the best of his ability. Therefore, these dogs respond well to training.
These dogs are gentle and affectionate with kids. However, they can be reserved and aloof with strangers. Thus, these alert and protective dogs make good watchdogs without being overly aggressive.
As for their compatibility with other pets in the house, they can coexist with other household pets provided they are introduced and socialized properly because they have high prey drive.
These active and energetic working dogs require plenty of vigorous exercise. They do best when they have a job to do and enjoy being outdoors most of the time. If not being engaged in hunting or other such jobs, they need to be taken for long, daily, brisk walks or jogs.
In addition, they should be provided with opportunity to run free in a large safe area. Lack of adequate physical and mental stimulation can give rise to destructive behaviors. Thus, Mountain View Cur dogs are usually not recommended for apartment dwelling.