This site is dedicated to the
original Leopard Curs and the
men who believe in them.
Breed information, submitted by:
Randy Oller A.L.C.B.A.
20147 Mowry Lane
Burney, CA 96013
The American Leopard Cur has been
bred as an all-purpose tree dog.
Opinions vary as to their exact origin,
but they are an established breed and
type today. Leopards are unique in the
tree-dog world because of their
extreme desire to please their master.
No breed is more easily trained and
broke to the variety of game preferred
by the particular owner. They are not
quite like any other breed of cur or
hound. The average Leopard can handle
a cold track as well as the coldest-
nosed hound and yet be under the
complete and immediate voice control of
The A.L.C.B.A. Leopard is outstanding
on big-game species such as bear,
cougar, and boar. They have been bred
and used for all varieties of small game,
especially for coons. They are open-
trailers and have plenty of
determination to stay with a tough track
or the most savage of all game until
bayed or treed. When the game is
stopped they will stay put. The Leopard
dog is unsurpassed in its ability to fight
and hold game at bay without getting
hurt. They stay in close on the quarry,
but have the unique ability to "duck and
dodge" and avoid injury.
The colors of the Leopards vary, but
they are named for the merle color
pattern (which is also called calico, or
leopard spotted). The pattern is actually
a "splotching" factor not true
"spotting". Leopards can be yellow ,
black, brindle, tan, mouse, and occur in
any combination. All black Leopards have
either tan or brindle trim. Some have
blue or tan merle saddles with varying
amounts of tan or brindle trim. Lighter
and darker shades of all the colors are
common, even in the same litter. The
predominant color pattern is the merle,
in various shades of bluish-gray or tan.
Color is of little significance to the
typical Leopard fancier. There is some
disagreement as to how much white
should be allowed.
When any two merle dogs are mated
there will be a chance of producing
some pups which, genetically, will be
double-merle. Double-merle dogs are
often outstanding, but have a highly-
increased chance of being deaf or blind
or be hearing or sight-impaired. Double-
merles also have varying amounts of
white on them, which is actually an
albino characteristic, which is
undesireable, because of the aboue-
mentioned problems. White on non-merle
or other color patterns is considered a
fault. It is always advisable to mate
merles to "solid" colors, since this will
eliminate all chance of producing double-
merles. "Glass", "blue", "white", or
"yellow" eyes are not desirable and
should only occur in the Merle pattern.
Darker-colored dogs rarely have
anything but dark brown eyes.
The size of males is 40-75 pounds and
females weigh 30-65 pounds. They are
generally of medium build and are cat-
footed. The feet of Leopards are much
tougher than those of most other
breeds and generally do not get sore.
Most have two coats of hair: an outer
coat of longer sometimes coarser hair
and a woolly and quite thick undercoat,
which is smooth and soft in texture.
Most have chop mouths, but many have
turkey, yodel, squall, and occasionally
bawl mouths. Nearly all Leopards can be
heard considerably farther than other
hunting breeds. So-called "cur" breeds
are considered to have less mouth than
hounds, but this is not true of
Leopards. Although they don't sound
loud, even when you stand right next to
a "treed" Leopard, you can usually hear
them considerably farther than the
The Leopard is especially tough. They
can hunt and run more without getting
tired or foot-sore than other breeds.
They are better-suited to extreme cold
weather and yet can run hard in the hot
weather as well. Leopards are very
smart and pace themselves to get the
job done without over-heating, etc.
Leopards grow and develop differently
than hounds and do not go through a
"clumsy" stage. They do not ever appear
"gawky" or out of proportion. They do
not "grow to their feet" as hounds do.
The American Leopard Cur Breeders
Association was founded in 1960,
although efforts to establish and
promote the breed had already been
started by Leroy Smith and J. Richard
McDuffie (both deceased). Further
information can be obtained by
contacting our registration office.
ALCBA Registration Office, Inc.
20147 Mowry Lane
Burney, California 96013