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Origin / History The Mountain View Cur was developed in 1987 by Michael and Marie Bloodgood in Afton, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Bloodgood acquired their first two yellow Mountain Cur puppies in 1973. Although Mountain Curs were relatively skilled, their sense of smell was deemed a hindrance to being an excellent treeing dog, so the couple sold them and got hounds to replace them. After more than 20 years of owning, raising, and training coon hounds and finding it more difficult to get hounds that handled well, they sought good curs that will work better than the past hounds they used for breeding.

Searching for curs was a challenging task, and Mr. and Mrs. Bloodgood ended up trying 56 Mountain Curs and only deemed six of them to be good enough as tree dogs. Four of the six dogs were found to be of the same ancestry, so they checked the records of these four dogs and found that 50% of the 56 Mountain Curs they tried were from the Kemmer Stock Cur variety. They then concentrated on these four curs, but two were taken out of the breeding program later on, leaving just one exceptional male and one female. The Kemmer Stock Breeders Association was founded in 1992, with the goal of keeping the breed as pure as possible. Originally, Mountain View Curs were listed in this registry. In 1996, though, the Mountain View Cur Registry was created and was later on changed to the Mountain View Cur Association.

Appearance Mountain View Curs should be well muscled and have straight, strong legs. Approximately half of these dogs are born with a natural bobtail, while those that aren't have their tails docked when they are still just a few days old. One of the greatest differences of these dogs from Mountain Curs is that 99% of Mountain View Curs are born without dewclaws on their hind feet. Those that are born with dewclaws have them removed right after they are born.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for Mountain View Curs include red, black, yellow, and brindle. These dogs are also often found with white markings and points.

Temperament Bred for hunting squirrel and raccoon, Mountain View Curs are highly intelligent and have great self-control and an excellent nose. These dogs are loyal and courageous. They are eager to please their master and tend to be protective of their family and property. These dogs can also get along well with children.

Height and Weight Dogs of this breed are 18 to 26 inches high and 30 to 60 pounds heavy.

Common Health Problems Mountain View Curs are generally healthy and have no recorded genetic health problems. The ailments affecting these dogs are those affecting other breeds as well.

Living Conditions These dogs are not recommended for apartment dwellers. Having been bred for hunting, Mountain View Curs do best when working in the woods or when given a job to do.

Exercise Requirements Although these dogs are not hyper, they are highly active and need much exercise daily. It's important that these dogs be taken out on long, brisk walks or jogs every day. They will also benefit from being allowed to run freely in a large and secure area.

Training Requirements Due to their high intelligence and eagerness to please, these dogs are relatively easy to train. Owners should make use of firm and consistent training methods when training these dogs. These dogs should also undergo proper socialization at a young age.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 12 to 16 years.

Grooming It's easy to groom and maintain these dogs. Their coat just needs to be brushed and combed to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Their toenails must be clipped, and bathing should be done only when necessary.

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