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.
Who, 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
I had to look the word up…lol. All my dogs have been mixed breeds and awesome pets.
🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one. I had to look it up when I came across it on the crossword puzzle!
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.
Interesting to know! Thanks for your comment!
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:)
Well, nice to meet you. I’m glad someone’s heard the word!! 🙂 Is that TN as in Tennessee?
It’s TN as in two initials. First one is for Thom, the second is for another name. Nice to meet you too, Ms Gail.
Oh…. okay! Thanks for explaining. I thought we might be neighbors! 🙂
We are neighbors, I think. Just distant neighbors. Don’t be surprised if I come knocking on your door looking to borrow a cup of something or other.
never heard it. But dogs, like people, are better as Mutts
I totally agree. I was just reading your post so I will go finish it now!