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The History of the Mountain Cur Dog and the beginning of the Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association


Mountain Curs are the pioneer dogs of the southern mountains in the United States. It has been told by many of the old timers that the southern mountains would not have been settled if not for there dogs. The Mountain Curs were a necessity. Because the frontier was dangerous they were used as a guard dogs, as well as they provided food for the family by treeing, holing, and catching the game. The dogs were so valued that the pioneers would transport them however they could. From packing them in baskets on there pack animals to carrying them to there new homestead.

Years ago the Mountain Curs were brought to America by settlers from Europe. As the settlers landed on the Eastern coast of the New World. Many became restless and moved down through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia into the Carolina's, across the wilderness trail of the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky and Tennessee. They also moved south and west to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri.

Through history and research it has been established that Hernando De Soto, a Spanish Explorer, brought the brindle, bob-tailed Curs to the South. He used them to drive hogs and provide protection from wild animals while exploring the South and the Mississippi River. When hunters and settlers came south they found these brindle curs.

From the early days of the Mountain Cur until now the colors and traits have remained the same. There are brindle, yellow, black, blue, and some have white markings. Although different in color, they all have the same general traits. Strong treeing instinct on all game, courageous fighters and are very intelligent.

In early days each strain of the dogs were identified by their owners, such as: Arline, Ledbetter, and York. Today they are identified by owners or pedigree such as "Smith's Streak" and "Big Times Dakota".

In the world of dogs, the Mountain Cur is put down and also ridiculed by uniformed people because of the word "Cur". Although, "Cur" does mean mongrel or mixed dog in the dog world. In fact, when talking about the Mountain Cur, the word "Cur" is used idiomatically and has NO meaning. The Mountain Cur is still a varmint dog today! Hunting whatever the master wants. He is also a guard dog, a farm dog and a family protector.

Until World War II, the Mountain Cur was an economic asset to the mountain people. Many survived from selling furs that there Mountain Curs provided while hunting. Using the proceeds to purchase clothing, food, and supplies. The survival of the old pioneer dogs was at hand with the starting of the war and new jobs. During the late 1940's the Mountain Curs were becoming scarce. Although they were scarce they were not forgotten.

Through the Mountain Music Magazine four men discovered their common interest in the Mountain Curs. They were Riley Daniels of Georgia, Woody Huntsman of Kentucky, Dewey Ledbetter of Tennessee, and Carl McConnell of Virginia. Woody, Dewey, and Carl met in Gate City, Virginia in May 1957 and organized the Mountain Cur Club, Later it was renamed the Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association {OMCBA}. Others joined the effort to preserve the Mountain Cur from extinction. Bi-laws were adopted and Dewey wrote a column for the Mountain Music Magazine. However, other interests claimed Woody, Riley a World War I veteran pasted away, and Carl a few years later left the OMCBA. Dewey continued working with those as interested as himself in the old Mountain Cur. Many dedicated men and women are still striving to hold the OMCBA true to it's traditions and principles.


I would like give special thanks to Carl Smith and the OMCBA for the history of the Mountain Cur

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