|Country of Origin: The United States |
Breed Status: Parnell's Carolina Cur is recognized as a purebred, although only by the National Kennel Club and the United States Dog Registry. Given the very short time that they have existed, this is only to be expected.
Distribution: Parnell's Carolina Cur is still very limited in numbers and mainly restricted to the southern portions of the United States although they are gaining in numbers.
Etymology: Parnell's Carolina Cur takes its name from its originator, James Parnell, and from its area of origin, South Carolina.
Other Names: Carolina Cur
Breed History: Parnell's Carolina Cur is a relatively new breed of Treeing Cur created by James Parnell of Hartsville, South Carolina. James Parnell wanted to produce a strain with the looks of the Stephens' Stock Cur but of a smaller size and with a natural bobtail. In 1998, to achieve this goal he crossed a female Stephens' Stock Cur with a male Mountain Feist and it is from this mating that Parnell's Carolina Cur began. The breed is now registered with the National Kennel Club (NKC).
Appearance: Parnellís Carolina Cur is a slender, agile breed of tree dog. Both sexes range in height from 12 to 23 inches (30.48 to 58.42 cm) tall. The weight for both sexes range from 15 to 35 pounds (6.804 to 15.88 kg). The skull is flat and tapers slightly towards the muzzle. The muzzle is shorter than the skull. The eyes are either brown or black in color. The high-set ears are wide at the base, medium in length, and semi-erect. The moderate length neck is well muscled and slightly arched. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The chest is deep with well-sprung ribs. The back is moderate in length and level. The belly has moderate tuck up. The legs are muscular. The feet are small to medium in size, round, compact, and arched. Dewclaws may be removed. The tail is low-set and never more than three quarters natural length, due either to docking or a natural bobtail. The coat is short and either smooth or coarse. Any color combination is allowed but black with white points is preferred above any other.
Personality and Uses: Parnellís Carolina Cur was specifically developed to hunt squirrels. They are said to have strong treeing instincts and to start hunting at an early age. Due to their high intelligence, they are easily trained. Parnellís Carolina Curs are hard, fast tree dogs that usually hunt with their heads up, although they do have the ability to scent a trail. Almost every Parnellís Carolina Cur is silent when trailing, but they possess a chop they use when game is treed.