The next mixed breed dog that I would like to share with you is a very active dog breed that can have protection instincts but can still be a family companion. The Mountain Cur Pitbull mix has these traits, and it is a mix that combines the Mountain Cur breed and the American Pitbull Terrier.
This medium-sized mix can be brought into our families as a companion, working breed, hunting dog, or even just a guard dog. Here in this article, you will find more information about the Cur Pitbull mix and if it is the right dog for you. You will learn about its history, temperament, size, and living conditions all right here.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix History
It is always hard to find out the history of a mixed breed because there is no record of how this mixed breed was created most of the time. The Mountain Cur Pitbull mix was likely created around 20 to 30 years ago when the mixed dog breed craze was high. Since we do not know much about the history of this mix, we can learn more about the history of the parent breeds that make up this mix.
The Mountain Cur is also a breed that doesn’t have too much history behind it. We know that this dog breed was brought over to America by European settlers. This breed was first seen in Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee and then spread on to other states like Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The Mountain Cur has made a wonderful guard dog and is also known for its hunting skills. This breed is known for its skills in treeing and trailing. The Mountain Cur is also wonderful at protecting their home and its owners.
When the breed started to decline, few people decided to save it and are credited for it. This was during the 1940s, and they eventually formed the Mountain Curs Breeders Association, founded in 1956. Today this breed is still a wonderful working/hunting dog breed.
American Pitbull Terrier
The Pitbull was the slang term for the popular dog breed, the American Pitbull Terrier. This breed dates back to England, where it was created by breeding some Bulldogs and other breeds such as Terriers. The Pitbull had a terrible job where they actually had to bull bait. The dog actually had to bait bulls and was used for fighting.
Thankfully, this awful job got outlawed in the 1800s. People were still using this breed for fighting. Eventually, the breed was brought over to other countries, such as the United States, where it became a guard dog on ranches and farms.
Now the breed is all over the world and part of many mixes. There are a lot of mixes out there that incorporate the Pitbull dog breed. There is a huge misconception out there that the American Pitbull Terrier is a very aggressive dog breed. What you need to know about that is that not all of them are like that. Yes, there are some out there, but keep in mind that the owner is making their dog aggressive. You can fix this through training.
Cur Pitbull Mix Appearance
Appearance of a mixed breed dog can vary as the puppy can take on traits from either the Pitbull parent or the Cur. Both these breeds are similar in size to each other. They will have sort of a muscular build. The ears of the breed can be small like a Pitbull’s, or they can be a little long like a Cur.
This breed can have almond-shaped eyes that are generally brown or amber in color. The breed will have a short coat that can range in a few colors. Mountain Curs generally have bobbed tails, and some of their puppies also have that trait. Overall, your Cur Pitbull mix will have a nice look that is a mixture of both parent breeds.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix Coat
Both of the parent dog breeds of this mix have short coats. So, you can imagine that the Mountain Cur Pitbull mix will have a short coat. Short coats mean that your dog will shed just not as much as dog breeds with longer hair.
This dog breed does not have much maintenance, which means it only needs around a weekly brushing to remove loose hairs that have already been shed. This will also smooth out your dog’s coat, making it look clean and shiny. Below you will find the colors your mix may come in.
What Colors Do They Come In?
Here you will find the few colors that your Cur Pitbull mix may come in:
Generally, your dog’s eyes will be brown or amber-colored. In addition, your dog will likely have a black nose.
Temperament for your dog will generally depend on the traits your dog gains from each parent. Both of these breeds have good temperaments unless they are taught to have bad behavior. This is why we suggest training with your dog at a young age, as it will combat some bad behavior or obedience issues.
This is a very energetic mix that will need proper exercise or an outlet for all that pent-up energy. In addition, the Cur Pitbull mix can sometimes have some aggressive tendencies, so it is important to help your dog work through that with training.
Even though you have that stuff to consider, this will still be a very loving dog breed that will make a good family companion. The breed can also have some guard dog tendencies. You can certainly have your dog around children as long as they are well socialized with them.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix Size
The American Pitbull Terrier weighs around 30 to 60 pounds and can be around 17 to 21 inches in height. The Mountain Cur can also weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and span 16 to 26 inches in height.
With these numbers, you can infer that the Mountain Cur Pitbull mix will generally be around the same weight range as its parents and be pretty similar in height. Your dog’s height may take on either one of the parents or right in the center.
Cur Pitbull Mix Health Problems
Mixed breeds generally breed out health issues that are common for purebred dog breeds. For example, the Mountain Cur is a generally healthy, and the Pitbull has some minor health issues to be aware of. Below we are just informing you of some health issues that may happen with your dog breed.
Hip Dysplasia is a common health problem among so many dog breeds. I have talked about it before, but if you do not know, this is a condition where the dog’s hip bone does not fit into the socket and causes your dog pain.
Ear Infections – Dogs with smaller, more open ears are prone to ear infections. Water, dirt, and dust can get trapped in there easily and will need to be cleaned out. If it doesn’t get cleaned out, it can lead to an ear infection.
Allergies – The Pitbull parent is actually prone to certain allergies. If you notice your dog may have allergies, I suggest switching to a different shampoo to see if that clears up the skin. An allergy could also be in the food your dog is eating.
Cataracts – Cataracts is an eye condition that can cause some vision loss in your dog. It is important to take your dog to regular checkups, and your vet can diagnose your dog properly before your dog goes blind. In addition, the eye of your dog may appear cloudy.
Keep in mind that a veterinarian can properly manage your dog’s health through routine checkups. If your dog is happy and healthy, it should live a long lifespan. Again, if you are ever concerned about your dog’s behavior or health, consult your veterinarian
Life Expectancy of a Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix
Life span really all depends on your dog’s health as well as genetic makeup from the parent breeds. American Pitbull Terriers tend to have a life span of 8 to 15 years. The Mountain Cur can live between 12 to 16 years.
Given this information about the parent breeds, you can estimate your Cur Pitbull mix to live between 8 to 16 years if healthy. Again, as I said above, if you are ever concerned, do not hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian.
This mixed breed would not be suggested to first-time owners. The Cur Pitbull mix needs a trainer that can be consistent when the dog is a puppy throughout adulthood. Consistency is the key when it comes to training, and This mix needs the training to be well socialized, friendly, and good at its work.
This is a medium-size mix that will need some space and a yard to run around in. If you live in a condo, apartment, or townhouse, you may want to rethink what type of dog you want because this breed needs some sot of yard to exercise in. If you plan to take your dog out for exercise, then maybe it will work, but otherwise, I would have a home with a yard for this dog.
The Mountain Cur Pitbull mix needs around two hours of exercise which you will need to make sure the dog gets to keep your dog behaving well. This breed also needs to be fed a lot of food which will, in turn, cost more money. So that is something to consider as well.
Cur Pitbull Mix Exercise
The Cur Pitbull mix is a highly active dog breed that needs regular exercise, or the breed could get too bored and start to be destructive around the home. Therefore, it is crucial that you take your dog outside to run around and even play with toys.
Your Mountain Cur Pitbull mix needs between an hour to two hours of exercise each day. There are many ways that you can do this. You do not need to spend all two hours exercising your dog at once. You can split the time up throughout the day.
Take your dog to a dog park as long as your dog is well socialized around other dogs. This will give your dog plenty of time to run out its wiggles and get out that pent-up energy.
Having a fenced-in yard will be great for this breed because you can allow your dog outside to exercise yourself when you are busy. Overall, just make sure to exercise your dog each day for the required amount of time.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix Diet
The amount of food you feed your dog will be based on its weight. Generally, your dog will need around two cups or two and a half cups of high-quality food per day. This food should be a very protein-forward food that will give your dog complete nutrition. I actually have some food recommendations that I can give you here.
As you know, the Cur Pitbull mix is a very active dog breed that needs a lot of exercise. Dogs that are very active actually need more food and calories. You may need to consult your veterinarian if you feel your dog needs more food due to its activity level.
Raw diets are very popular right now. If you don’t know what this is, it is a more holistic way to feed your dog. All of the food you feed your dog will be raw, not cooked, and in its natural form. You can choose to do this or stick to a high-quality dry dog food.
When we talked about this breed coat, we learned that it is a short coat dog. That means that this dog breed shouldn’t need much grooming. It will shed some but not as much as other dog breeds. However, you will; still want to brush your dog to keep the coat looking nice, and it will also help to remove any dirt on your dog’s coat as well.
Bathing can be done with this mix once a month unless your dog is so visibly dirty that you need to bathe it. The Pitbull parent is known for its sensitive skin issues. When bathing, you may want to use a shampoo with allergen-free ingredients. When bathing your dog, always check your dog’s skin to ensure it doesn’t have any sores or rashes.
Another part of grooming is brushing your dog’s teeth, cleaning the ears, and trimming the nails. These are all very important things that should be done. This mix can be prone to getting ear infections, so ensure that you clean your dog’s ears properly and check inside the ear often to make sure it is clean and free from infection. If you do all of these things, you will have a very beautiful looking Mountain Cur Pitbull mix.
Cur Pitbull Mix Training
Training should always be done when your dog is young. This is the best time to do this because your dog is a puppy and learning so much, just like a child. You can start to lay the foundation for really good obedience and training.
Make sure you are making training fun and not a fearful experience. Rewarding your dog in training is one of the easiest ways to make it a positive experience. You can do this with praise, treats, and much more. Dogs are also highly motivated by treats.
If your dog does start to get aggressive tendencies, it is very important to train your dog not to exhibit that behavior. You will need to do research on this or even hire a professional dog trainer who can help you and your dog to get over that behavior hurdle.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix Puppies
Finding a Mountain Cur Pitbull mix puppy will be one of the hardest parts. You will have to do some extensive research to find a reputable breeder that is breeding this mix. It may take some time but will definitely be worth it if you are set on owning this dog breed.
Stay away from a pet store or puppy mills because they will not be able to give you the highest quality dog that you are looking for. Breeders can give you a happy and healthy dog.
When shopping for a breeder, make sure you have any questions you want to ask ready, and you can always request to have pictures sent to you of the parents to make sure they are healthy.
Remember that a puppy is a full-time responsibility, and if you truly want a dog, you need to make sure that you have the time to devote to it.
Mountain Cur Pitbull Mix Litter Size
Litter size is another thing that is very hard to determine in mixed breed dogs. The Litter size of a Mountain Cur is between three to eight puppies. The American Pitbull Terrier is around five to ten puppies.
With this information, you can infer that your Mountain Cur Pitbull mix will have between three to ten puppies. Of course, all dogs are different, and litter size does vary when it comes to mixed-breed dogs. Now your vet can actually do an ultrasound on your pregnant dog and can give you a general idea of how many puppies are in there.
In this section, I like to summarize my article for you. This will give you the key points of the article and the most important information you should take from it.
- The Mountain Cur Pitbull mix is a wonderful mixed dog breed that combines the Mountain Cur and the Pitbull.
- Both of these parent dog breeds look similar. You should expect your mix to look quite muscular with a medium-length snout and small ears.
- The coat will be very short and not need much maintenance. However, you will still want to watch out for rashes or skin irritation that the Pitbull parent can sometimes struggle with.
- This breed doesn’t have many health problems but will have some minor concerns that you will need to be aware of.
- If your dog is healthy, it can live quite a long life. Always take your dog in for regular checkups to ensure your dog is healthy.
- The Cur Pitbull mix needs around two hours of exercise each day. Without the proper exercise, that could lead to bad behavior around the home.
- Make sure you are feeding your dog based on its weight. Also, choose a dog food that has a significant source of protein.
- Grooming will be easy as the coat of this mix is short and easy to manage. Bathing can be done once a month unless your dog is absolutely filthy, then you can do more.
- Like with all dogs, training should be started when your dog is a puppy. This is one of the best times because your dog’s brain is growing and developing and capable of learning so much at a young age.
- Puppies should always be purchased from a reputable breeder that can provide proof of healthy parents.
In this section, I really like to answer general questions that people may have about the mixed breed.
Is a Cur a Pitbull?
No, the Cur was definitely created from a few different breeds. The Mountain Cur was first brought over to the United States by European settlers. This breed has some Terrier lines as well as some Native American dogs from the United States. This has created what we know as a Cur.
Below you will find breeds that are very similar to the Mountain Cur Pitbull mix: