TreePro Kennels KEMMER STOCK MTN. CURS & Tn. Mtn. Hybrids


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(excert from the KSBA year book)


Since September 26, 1991, when the KSBA came to be, we have had a lot of questions about our history. This is an attempt to answer some questions.

Because we were formed from members of the Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association, their history is our history in the beginning. There are many good histories of the beginning of the MCBA and their dogs. One of the best is a book written by Verda Ledbetter. She took the materials her husband, A.D. Ledbetter started and finished his book to make great reading, and excellent information. Mr. Ledbetter was one of the founders of the MCBA. He was a leader in finding and preserving the old Mt. Cur.

The Southern Mtn.’s are thought of as being the home of the Mt. Cur dog. From there, these dogs were scattered across the country. These dogs came from European settlers as they made their way from the sea.

In a book printed in Crossville, TN, called “Cumberland County’s First One Hundred Years”, there is a story about the first settlers in Grassy Cove. They were probably passing through going west, but had a wagon wreck and killed all their mules but one. They had to settle in Grassy Cove. They had with them a short tail brindle dog called Dinwiddie, after the Governor of Virginia at that time. This was about 1800. The first Kemmer came to Grassy ove about 1803-1805.

The dogs of the pioneers were as valuable as their farm animals. They protected the family from wild animals and intruders. They caught and killed varmints. They herded the family stock. They provided meat for the table and furs for money.

To show how valuable the dogs were, they were carried with the family if they moved. Family members would carry them or they were carried in a wagon or on a pack horse.There have been many children babysat by an old  Mt. Cur of the Southern Mtn.’s was a multi-purpose dog. Today they are used mainly as hunting dogs but there are some people that have discovered the many things that you can teach a Kemmer Stock Mt. Cur.

Robert Kemmer grew up in Grassy Cove, south of Crossville, TN. His father was a farmer, and had bred Mt. Curs for years. They were the farm dogs that did what was described earlier. Robert’s dad made most of his living catching wild hogs out of the mountains. Robert has a picture of himself and a red and white trim cur dog. Robert was three years old when the picture was taken. The dog lived to be 14 years old.

He didn’t think much about the Mt. Curs until he was grown. He remembered when he was drafted into the Army in 1965, his family had four good dogs. They stayed treed most of the time. Several people tried to buy them, but they were not for sale. Finally they were stolen off the tree. They always kept their animals vaccinated for rabies. They would kill any animal that came on the farm with rabies. After the dogs were stolen, they had a lot of rabies problems. His younger brother was bitten by a rabid bobcat, and most of the farm animals were bitten. In spite of the shots, one cow had rabies. Another time, a bull had rabies. Several of the neighbors dogs had rabies along with other animals.

When Robert returned home and went to work at Renegade Hunting Range for Ben Burton as a guide, hunting wild boar everyday, he had to have some good dogs. Some would be resting or recovering from hog cuts while others were hunting. This is the main reason he developed these dogs, although he was a hard coon hunter. People who knew him said he would hog hunt all day and coon hunt all night. He also started farming and needed a dog to help with stock. 

In the early 70’s, he obtained Rough. He was the yellow dogs of A.D. Ledbetter. It wasn’t known what Rough’s breeding was until Robert discovered how smart and useful Rough was. Dean Young lived in and grew up near Crossville, TN. He was a close friend to Robert and a member of the OMCBA. He and Robert traced Rough’s ancestry. he was out of Dan Boone and Yellow Queen. They were both out of Tenn. Blackie.



Robert knew dogs. he had been breeding and raising outstanding Walker Tree dogs and grade curs, along with feist for many years. Because he could remember how good they were when he was a boy, and how good Rough was at that time, he decided to try and raise some true Old Time Mt. Curs. Robert set out to get the best stock that could be found. He got a yellow female from Ariel Baker of Sparta, TN. Mr. Baker had been raising Mt. Curs for years. This dog was Becky. He bought a male out of Tenn. Blackie and Baker’s Black Brindle Bob. Tenn. Blackie was out of Catoosa Tiger that A.D. Ledbetter said was one of the best and truest Old Time Mt. Curs. Blackie was the sister of Dan Boone and Queen. They were a full brother-sister cross.Another female he got was out of Bakers Jane. She and Becky were out of Tug.

When Robert went to breed Blondie to Walker’s Buck, he was actually looking for Baker’s Bandit. Bandit was out of Tug but died, so he bred her to Bandit’s son. Walker’s Buck was the sire of Gold Nugget, Yellow Bob, and Blondie II. The reason he was looking for the Tug blood was because the pups out of Jane and Becky treed at 4 months old, and all were tree dogs. This is where the yellow Blondie strain got its start. Tug was out of Tenn. Bob, and Bob was owned by Clarence Wilson. Clarence has been responsible for many good Mt. Curs and has not received the recognition which he deserved. We certainly want to thank Clarence for all he has and is doing for the Mt. Curs and the KSBA.

Tenn. Mt. Blondie was out of Baker’s Brindle Bob and Lawson’ Sue. Sue was out of Rough and Screak. Screak was borrowed from Kenneth Jones.

Blondie was bred to several males and she always produced outstanding pups. Besides Rough and Walker’s Buck, she was bred to Frostie Joe which produced Blondie III. She was bred several times to Yellow Jack. Jack was a small yellow dog out of Dozer and Smokie. Dozer was out of Rough and Baker’s Black Jewel. Champ got only a few litters of pups. He was castrated by a wild boar. Frostie Joe wasn't even born when this happened. Frostie Joe’s mother was the female out of Baker’s Jane and Brindle Bob. That made Frostie Joe old Tug’s grandson. He looked a lot like old Tug. Cos Walker owned Tug in his later years.

Robert likes any color dog as long as it will perform. He has always looked at performance first when considering to breed to a dog. Tenn. Mt. Poncho was a brindle dog. He was out of Tenn. Mt. Blondie and Rough. Midnight Sally was black and a littermate to Tenn. Mt. Blondie. You will also see Kemmer’s Blondie on a lot of pedigrees. She also was a sister to Tenn. Mt. Blondie and Midnight Sally. She was an older dog when Robert got her from a friend that was professional hog hunter. In her day she was one of the best in the country. There was also a big red dog called Big Red. He was a littermate to the two Blondies and Sally. He was used as a stud dog.

Robert bred Midnight Sally to Jeff, and these two produced many Outstanding pups. Jeff was black with brindle trim. Rick Patterson, Violet Atkinson, and Oliver Passmore are fond of these black dogs.

There are many brindles from all crosses that people are still partial to. Robert bred some Blue dogs. In one night his Blue male, female and theireight pups died. This ended his blue dog production.

This could go on for many pages, but we just wanted you to see how Robert took the same dogs, all OMCBA registered, and bred them to get what he has now. In the first two yearbooks of this association, you can see pictures of all the dogs talked about here. It is easy to see how a Kemmer Stock Mt. Cur can be any color.

The main thing Robert did was to breed these different dogs in such a way as to get what he has today. Other people have taken what he has produced and raised good dogs. Most people think of Kemmer Stock as Yellow, but there are many colored dogs that qualify to be Kemmer Stock. It is a proven fact that the Blondie Strain of dogs is one of the best. They will excel at about anything if treated properly and fairly.

The Kemmer Stock Mt. Cur Breeders Association is made up of interested persons wanting to breed and work for the betterment and preservation of the Kemmer Stock Mt. Cur.