Disqualifications: Overshot bite. Undershot bite. NOSE - Nose is square with well-opened nostrils. Pigment is black or self-colored. EYES - Eyes are large in size, set wide apart with inner and outer corners on the same horizontal line. Eye color is brown, ranging from dark to amber. Eye rims are tight. Eye rims match nose pigment. EARS - Ears are drop, of short to medium length, wide at
preferred. On rough-coated dogs, the coat on the tail is well feathered.
COAT The outer coat is short, and may be smooth or rough in texture. Undercoat is short, dense, and soft. COLOR Black (with or without tan or brindle points); blue; brindle; brown; red; yellow; blonde or buttermilk buckskin. White markings are permissible provided the dog is not more than one-third white in color. Disqualification: Albinism. HEIGHT AND WEIGHT Height for a mature male ranges between 18 to 26 inches; and 16 to 24 inches for a mature female. Weight is proportionate to height. Mountain Curs are working dogs and should be presented in hard, muscular condition. GAIT Mountain Cur gait is smooth and effortless, with good reach of forequarters. Rear quarters have strong driving power, with hocks fully extending. Viewed from any position, legs turn neither in nor out, nor do feet cross or interfere with each other. As speed increases, feet tend to converge toward center line of balance. DISQUALIFICATIONS ( A dog with a Disqualification must not be considered for placement in a bench show/conformation event, and must be reported to UKC.)
the base, and set high. Fault: Semi-erect ears.
NECK The neck is slightly arched, strong, very well muscled, and of moderate length. The neck gradually widens from the nape and blends smoothly into the shoulders. FOREQUARTERS Shoulders are well laid back. The upper arm is long and wide, and forms an apparent 90-degree angle with the shoulder blade. FORELEGS - The forelegs are well muscled with strong bone. The elbows are set close to the body, but able to move freely in action. The pasterns are short, powerful, straight, and flexible. BODY A properly proportioned Mountain Cur is just slightly longer than tall. Back is broad, strong, of moderate length, and level, blending into a muscular, slightly arched loin with slight to moderate tuck-up. The ribs extend well back and are well sprung out from the spine, then curving down and inward to form a deep body. The brisket extends to the elbow. Viewed from the front, the chest between the forelegs is muscular and well filled. This is a dog bred for stamina and faults should be penalized to the degree that they detract from that goal. HINDQUARTERS The hindquarters are strong and muscular. The bone, angulation and musculature of the hindquarters are in balance with the forequarters. HIND LEGS - The stifles are well bent, and the hocks are well let down. When the dog is standing, the short, strong rear pasterns are perpendicular to the ground, and viewed from the rear, parallel to one another. FEET The feet are slightly oval in shape, are of moderate size, compact and well arched. Pads are large, tough, and well cushioned. Single or double dewclaws are preferred but not required. TAIL The tail is set low and either naturally bobbed, bobbed, or of medium length, carried high. Bobbed tail is
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness.
Albinism. Deafness. Blindness.
Overshot bite. Undershot bite.
The docking of tails and cropping of ears in America is legal and remains a personal choice. However, as an international registry, the United Kennel Club is aware that the practices of cropping and docking have been forbidden in some countries. In light of these developments, the United Kennel Club feels that no dog in any UKC event, including conformation, shall be penalized for a full tail or natural ears.
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