Canadian Cur

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 55-65 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Brown & White, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 12 – 15 years    Rarity: Uncommon    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Canadian Cur dog breed is relatively new one as it was developed by two Canadian hunters, David Rodgers and Larry Smith, in 1980s. The aim was to produce an intelligent dog with sufficient stamina to track and tree raccoons successfully. Border Collie and English Pointer were chosen as foundation stock. The best of the resulting puppies for several generations were selected. Later on, Busher and Kemmer Stock Mountain Curs, and a Leopard Cur were added to the cross.
The Canadian Cur is a medium size dog with slightly longer than tall body. It has a broad head with moderate muzzle. Ears are dropped and medium size eyes are set wide apart. Well muscled and slightly arched neck blends smoothly into shoulders. The dog has broad and level back and moderately tucked-up belly. The chest is wide and well-filled to give the dog maximum stamina. Long legs enable the dog to achieve great speeds when hunting.
Though this hardy dog was produced initially to hunt raccoons, it soon displayed its great skills to hunt other query like boar, bear, dear, coyote and squirrels.
This breed is not recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC.


The Canadian Cur dogs can come in red, yellow or black (with or without tan markings). White markings are acceptable.


Their coat is short to medium, straight, coarse to touch and close-fitting. Under coat is short, dense and soft.


The Canadian Cur is primarily a hunting dog and it is second to none when it comes to tracking and treeing query. It is a hardy dog that can track and hunt on difficult terrain without any trouble. Some breeders have also used this dog for cattle herding successfully. As a family pet, the dog is excellent with children and loyal to its family. It makes a good family and excellent hunting dog.


The short hair of the Canadian Cur is easy to groom. Occasionally comb and brush to remove dead and loose hair. Bathe only when necessary as bathing can dry out the skin - causing skin problems. Keep the ear canal free of excess hair and wax the toenails clipped.


Training this breed is easy as they are smart and intelligent. Harsh methods in training is not recommended. They will need a firm, fair and consistent trainer for best results of the training. It is important for the training to be fun and playful to always keep them interested.


The Canadian Cur is a very active working dog which needs a lot of daily exercise. When they are not hunting, they need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. In addition, they will benefit from a large safe area where they can run free. This breed enjoys outdoor activities and sports. The Canadian Cur is not recommended for apartment life. They are bred for work and will be happiest with a job to do.

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