Cursset

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45-95 lbs
16-25"
Unknown
Black Mouth Cur
Basset Hound

Fierce and resilient, the Cursset was developed from the Black Mouth Cur and the Basset Hound. This protective canine is known to guard against unwanted intruders and protect against harm. Its fearless disposition allows him to be of great use in the field. The Cursset is not known to be a nuisance barker and will bark out of necessity to alert you of unfamiliar settings. This breed’s history is not well-documented but the parent breeds offer a valuable insight into his background. While he may be focused on the hunt, the Cursset is also sure to win you over. His harsh, rough and dense coat can vary from fawn to tan to brown. Maintenance for this breed is relatively simple and requires daily brushing to remove dead hairs. This motivated canine will require higher than average exercise requirements daily.

Purpose
Guard Dog, Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Black Mouth Cur, Basset Hound

Cursset Health

Average Size
Height: 16-25 inches Weight: 45-95 lbs
Height: 16-25 inches Weight: 45-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Optical Examination

Cursset Breed History

While the exact history of the Cursset hybrid breed is unknown, it is still important to be able to review the parent breeds – the Black Mouth Cur and the Basset Hound. Originally, the Black Mouth Cur was used as a working dog and adopted several names throughout the years: farmer’s dog, shepherd’s hound, cow dog, and  herdsman’s dog. The breed’s original purpose consisted of herding, guarding, hunting, and providing companionship to the family. The Black Mouth Cur was known as an excellent worker by gathering livestock by circling them. This intelligent breed would also harass a defiant animal by chasing it back to its owner. When animals flocked the herd, the dog would continue to bark to bring help and used a bay to vocalize his intent. Basset Hounds were descendants of the St. Hubert’s Hound, similar to the Bloodhound. The breed is traced back to the Friars of St. Hubert’s Abbey in medieval France who desired a short legged breed that was efficient at following scents in thick forests. The Basset Hound was bred to trail game such as rabbits and hare. The word “Basset” can be traced back to Fouilloux, who had written an illustrated hunting text. The early Basset Hound strongly resembled the Basset Artesien Normand, who was lighter in weight and the body was twice as long as it was high. It is commonly believed that Marquis de Lafayette imported the breed to the United States to gift to George Washington. In 1885, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Basset Hound. In 1935, the Basset Hound Club of America was organized  the United States. In 1964, the breed standard was adopted.

Cursset Breed Appearance

Since the Cursset is a hybrid breed from the Black Mouth Cur and the Basset Hound, there is no breed standard at this time. Each individual dog can inherit dominant traits from either parent breed. In general, the Cursset has a long, low body, similar to the Basset Hound. This breed’s coat can range from black, brown, to fawn. His long muzzle and floppy ears can be attributed to the Basset Hound’s appearance. Eyes are generally dark brown while the nose is black. His long, thin tail is usually carried parallel to his body. His expression resembles the sad, puppy look. His paws are strong and large.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brown
Black
Fawn
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cursset Breed Maintenance

The Cursset is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately. Excessive dead hairs can be maintained if he is brushed for 10 minutes daily with a slicker brush. in shedding season, a pin brush will work well also. Bathing should not be completed sooner than every 6 to 8 weeks to prevent the overproduction of oils in his skin. Ears should be provided with extra attention due to the floppiness of them. Wipe and clean the ears weekly. Teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent tartar buildup. There are no significant odors or drooling concerns associated with the Cursset. Nails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks to prevent overgrowth which can be harmful to your pet.

Brushes for Cursset
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cursset Temperament

While the Cursset is described as a fierce and relentless guard dog that will protect the family against danger, he is also a sweet, loving, and intelligent dog. He is known to be even-tempered and will only become guarded if he feels there is the potential for a volatile environment. His lovable personality makes for a wonderful family pet. He will get along great with children who understand boundaries. Early training and socialization is highly recommended in order to prevent any miscommunication with your dog. His low, deep bark is often used to scare away intruders and protect his family. This protective canine may be wary of strangers and may need to be provided with early intervention in order to distinguish the difference between friendly and unwelcome strangers. His curious nature allows for easy training with positive reinforcement. The Cursset is known to have high energy levels and will need more than average exercise on a daily basis.

Cursset Activity Requirements

Your Cursset is known to have a high energy threshold and will require intense play to meet the daily exercise requirements. He will benefit from various activities such as running, swimming, tugging, fetching, and remaining active throughout the day. About 2 brisk walks per day are recommended to maintain his active lifestyle. It is recommended to provide your active Cursset with at least 45 to 50 minutes of exercise per day. Apartment living is highly discouraged since he will not have the ability to remain active and is likely to engage in destructive behaviors. Your lively canine would benefit from living in a rural home with a spacious yard or field in a warm climate.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
50 minutes

Cursset Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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