Curious About the Word Cur

Personally, I’ve never heard anybody use the word “Cur” here in my part of the world (southeastern US).  I never heard the word used one single time while I was in veterinary school.  I first came across the word “Cur” when I was in my late 20s and that was only because it was a clue in the crossword puzzle I was working in the back of our local newspaper.

A cur is apparently a mongrel dog.  But it can also mean an unattractive or an aggressive dog.  So I guess a cur is what I’ve always called a mutt or a mixed breed dog.

dog-1194363_960_720Who, pray tell, uses the word cur?  Is it popular in the north?  Other countries?  Or have I just been living under a rock?

The only time I’ve heard the word actually used was on an episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.  So perhaps it was used in pioneer days?

While I love ALL dogs, I’ll take a good ole mixed breed dog over a purebred ANY DAY because in my experience they’re usually much healthier canine specimens with fewer genetic disorders.  Some of the very best dogs I’ve had (temperamentally AND health-wise) have been curs mutts.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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12 Responses to Curious About the Word Cur

  1. Teresa Grabs says:

    I had to look the word up…lol. All my dogs have been mixed breeds and awesome pets.

  2. pennymasonpublications says:

    I believe it’s an old time word. I’ve heard older country people in Ohio use it and Mountain Cur seems to be a breed used to hunt squirrels and possibly other prey.

  3. tnkerr says:

    With the name of TN Kerr, I’ve known this word my entire life, but then again, I’m an old man so perhaps it is indeed an old time word:)

  4. Billy Mac says:

    never heard it. But dogs, like people, are better as Mutts

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