Curs were the pioneer dogs of the southern
Kentucky and Tennessee mountains. It has been
said that without Mt. Cur Dogs the pioneers
could have never been able to settle in these
Curs were a necessity for the frontier family.
They guarded the family against wild animals
and other dangers and caught, treed, and holed
game for the family's food. Mt. Curs were held
in high regard by the pioneers and few were
sold out of ones family.
is believed that the Mt. Cur came from Europe
along with their owners who came to America
seeking new homes. It has been established
through family history and research that
Spanish Explorers brought the bob-tailed curs
to the South. Hernando de Soto brought
drive the hogs and provide protection against
wild animals, while he explored the South and
later discovered the Mississippi River.
World War II, the Mt. Cur was still an
economic asset to the mountain people. Their
Mt. Curs helped feed the family and many of
these mountain people bought food, clothes,
and other necessities with money from furs
caught by their Mt. Curs. Then came the War
and the industrial revolution, making jobs
available in the Cities. As more mountain
people became moved to the Cities to become
factory workers the Mt. Cur became
scarce in the late 1940's.
the Ole' mountain men did not forget the Mt.
Cur. Four men have been credited with saving
the Mt. Cur from extinction, even though many
Mt. Curs bloodlines carry very little if any
of the blood of the old pioneer Mt. Curs.
These men were Hugh Stephens and Woody
Huntsman of Kentucky, Dewey Ledbetter of
Tennessee, and Carl McConnell of Virginia.
1956, these men founded the Original Mountain
Cur Breeders' Association. Soon after, much
controversy over the breed standard caused
Hugh Stephen and Carl McConnell to leave the
OMCBA and they founded the Stephen Stock Mt.
Cur Association (Registered only long- tailed
little black and white dogs).
the Tennessee Treeing Brindle Association (
Registering any long-tailed brindle dogs), and
the Kemmer Stock Breeders Association, who
registers any and all OMCBA registered dogs,
regardless of bloodlines.
Mountain View Cur was developed by selecting
only the very best certified tree dogs out of
a certain pure Mt. Cur bloodline. This is why
they are know as the "thoroughbreds" of the
cur dog world. No other Mt Cur Strain has ever
been bred under their strict selection and