The Stephens Cur is a scent hound of medium weight reaching between 44 to 55 pounds. Originating in South-eastern Kentucky by the Stephens family who began this breed, they have been developed for a purpose, which is to hunt squirrels and raccoons. They have strength and tenacity and can also tackle larger game like mountain lions and wild boars. Dedicated and loyal, this canine is also lively and affectionate with children and family members. While they socialize with other dogs, they are not to be trusted around smaller animals that they may consider to be prey. Elegant in appearance, easy to train, and a happy dog in general, the Stephens Cur does need a lot of exercise. As their master, you must assert your leadership and dominance right from the start of your partnership to avoid any behavioral issues. This dog is only aggressive in the field, when they are on the hunt, but they do need to be socialized from their early days to produce a calm, happy dog. Their nickname of 'Darkie' refers to their dark rich coat color; the coat fits them like a glove.