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History The Leopard Cur has been existing since the 18th century in North Carolina. It is believed that Spanish conquistadors brought these dogs with them when they came to America. The French were also believed to have come to the southern region while bringing these dogs with them. The area was later populated by people of Scoth, Irish, and English descent, who brought hounds and herding dogs with them.
By the early 20th century, there were only few Leopard Curs left. Three men, Leroy E. Smith, A.W. Carter, and J. Richard McDuffie worked independently to renew this breed. When they got together in 1959, they formed the American Cur Breeders Association (ACBA) in order to develop and promote the breed. They wanted to register only dogs which can be traced back to North Carolina. In 1974, the registration office of these dogs was transferred to Billie Williams by McDuffie. The ACBA still promotes the breed today. McDuffie and the other breeders were alarmed, though, that some individuals were crossing Leopard Curs with other hounds and then passing them off as purebred Leopard Curs. Due to this, the Leopard Tree Dog Registration Office was established in 1977, which will register only dogs that can be traced back to original North Carolina pedigrees.
Appearance Leopard Curs have a muscular and large body. Their head is strong and full, but not heavy. Their ears are set low and hang close to their cheeks, and their dark eyes are deep set. These dogs have a black nose, and their teeth meet in a level or scissors bite. Their neck is lean, long, and slightly arched. The forelegs of these dogs are strong and straight, and their hind legs are parallel and muscular. They have round feet that are cat-like, and their tail tapers to a point.
Colours The coat of these dogs can be leopard spotted (merle), or black and tan. They may also sport a coat that is brindle, blue, or yellow, and they can also have white points.
Temperament Leopard Curs are free-spirited and energetic. They are eager to please their master, and they tend to become loyal to their owners. They are loving and affectionate dogs. These dogs even get along well with children and other animals, especially when properly socialized with them at an early age.
Weight Dogs of this breed weigh between 45 and 72 pounds, and they are around 21 to 26 inches tall.
Problems There are no known genetic health problems associated with this breed. The ailments affecting Leopard Curs are those common to other types of dogs as well.
Living Conditions It's best for dogs of this breed to be provided with a yard where they can get the exercise they need.
Requirements Like most other dog breeds, Leopard Curs need to be taken out for long walks or jogs daily. It would also be best for these dogs to be given the chance to run around in a large, secure area.
Training Requirements Being intelligent and eager to please, Leopard Curs are easy to train. Owners should train these dogs using firm but gentle methods. It's also important for these dogs to have proper socialization at an early age. Owners should also know how to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs.
Life Expectancy Not much is known regarding the life span of Leopard Curs.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to brush their dogs regularly to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Bathing and dry shampooing should be done only when the dog smells bad or is excessively dirty already. This is because frequent bathing can strip natural oils off the dog’s coat.
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