Reilly the Treeing Cur puppy at 4 1/2 months old—"He's extremely intelligent, athletic, affectionate and a wonderful companion!"
The Treeing Cur is bred more for its working ability than its looks. Any colors, patterns or combination of colors is acceptable.
This is not a submissive, easygoing dog. This game dog is athletic, intelligent and alert. With the toughness and courage to confront a very angry, very large cat, these Curs have learned to be decisive and dauntless. Usually silent on the trail, they make consistent guard dogs, but certainly are not ideal for suburbia, where there is no call to work. They have an exellent treeing ability. This is a very tough hunter that has been successful in raccoon, squirrel, opossum, wild boer, bears, mountain lion, bobcat as well as big game. It has a strong desire to please its master. It is very protective of the property and family; without an owner who is more dominant than itself, it can become over-protective. The Treeing Cur is noted for his courage. The objective in training this dog is to achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When we humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined and rules are set. Because a dog communicates his displeasure with growling and eventually biting, all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog. The humans must be the ones making the decisions, not the dogs. That is the only way your relationship with your dog can be a complete success.
Height: 18 - 24 inches (46 - 61 cm)
Weight: 30 - 60 pounds (14 - 27 kg)
Generally a healthy dog
The Treeing Cur is not recommended for apartment life. It is bred for work and will be happiest with a job to do.
The Treeing Cur is a very active working dog that needs a lot of daily exercise. When not hunting, it needs 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, it will benefit from a large, safe area where it can run free. This breed enjoys outdoor activities and sports.
The short hair of the Treeing 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 the toenails clipped.