> The information on the curs is very interesting. I've been around
> my life, but never realized that "cur" referred to a specific breed or
> Out of curiosity, why is "cur" or "cur dog" used as a derogatory word
> phrase much of the time? At least in Eastern Oklahoma - I've heard it
> that way all my life. "He was just an old stray cur dog that wandered
> up...." (usually said with distain) Since I just assumed the
> based on the context in which I'd heard it used, I incorrectly
> referred to a mixed-breed dog of no discernable value.
> I'm wondering if it might be like the derogatory use of "farm collie"
> show ring folks? <insert upturned nose here> :)
Elaine: In my area- further west "hound" was derogatory as in "you ain't
nothing but... " I don't remember hearing the word cur before moving to
In the southeastern part of the country, "Cur" is a type of dogs like
spaniel or retriever. It is usually like a cross between a farmshepherd
and a hound. The coat is smooth and double.
The word has an interesting history from the Old Norse kurra- to growl,
and is a root word for the word curtail.
here's an interesting history of one of the mountain cur strains
(you might want to turn your sound off if you are at work...):
This one mentions J R McDuffie who is breeder of some of our ES/OTFS