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Canadian Cur – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 55 to 65 pounds
Height: 16 to 23 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Canadian Cur, Dog Breed Guide


The Canadian Cur is only the UKC recognized cur-type of breed that is not native to the USA.

Official Name

Canadian Cur


Date – 1980’s
Country – Canadian Cur
Family / Group –

Recognized By

United Kennel Club


The Canadian Cur dog breed is a relatively new dog breed that belongs to the Cur dog group. This particular breed originated in Canada during the early 1980s and is one of a few Cur varieties that were initially bred outside the American South. The purpose of the Canadian Cur’s breeding programs was to produce a dog that is intelligent and armed with sufficient stamina that can track and tree raccoons in Canada’s terrain and weather conditions. Pioneer breeders of this non-USA cur breed are Canadian hunters Larry Smith and David Rogers.

The two hunters chose the English Pointer and the Border Collie as the foundations of this stock. Selective breeding followed and cur breeds such as Kemmer Stock Mountain Curs and Leopard Curs where imported from Southern USA to add to the cross.


The Canadian Cur is primarily a hunting dog that is hardy and versatile trackers and hunters in all types of terrain. Some breeders in Canada use them for herding cattle with very successful results. They are also a cur breed that will be great to have as family pets. These are dogs that will be excellent around children. They will be loyal to their family. This breed is the best of worlds, excellent hunting dogs and great family pets.

Bred For

The Canadian cur was specifically bred to be specialized treeing dogs that can perform in Canada’s terrain and weather conditions.


The Canadian Cur is not an apartment dog. They are dogs bred for work in rural areas.


The Canadian Cur has short hair that is easy to groom.


Training the Canadian Cur dog will be easy as they are known to be very smart and intelligent. They will be very responsive when positive training methods are used.


This breed is relatively young and their medical history is not that well documented.


They are very much like their American cur cousins, they are very active working dogs that demand a lot of daily exercises. It is recommended to give these dogs regular jobs as hunters.