Black Mouth Cur

 
  • Height: 16-25 inches
  • Weight: 50-100 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Group: Not applicable
  • Best Suited For: Active singles, families with children, houses with yards, farms/rural areas
  • Temperament: Intelligent, loyal, protective, kind
  • Comparable Breeds: Catahoula Leopard Dog, Black and Tan Coonhound

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If you are looking for a rugged, strongly muscled working dog then look no further than the Black Mouth Cur. This breed is a medium- to large-sized dog that is named for the black coloration on its muzzle. Black Mouth Curs are often referred to as “multitalented” dogs because they can be trained for a variety of uses including hunting, herding, and general utility – they also make great family pets! This attractive and intelligent breed is an excellent option for families with or without children because they form very strong bonds with their humans and they respond well to training.

If you are looking for a rugged, strongly muscled working dog then look no further than the Black Mouth Cur.

The exact origins of the Black Mouth Cur are unknown, but it is thought to have been developed from various ancient European and Asian cur-type dogs. What is known is that the breed was developed in the Southern United States as an all-purpose farm dog and that the breed has become fairly widespread since the 19th century. Though some believe the term “cur” implies a mixed breed dog, the Black Mouth Cur is actually purebred. Some of the breeds from which the Black Mouth Cur may have been developed include the Southern Black Mouth Cur originating in Alabama, the Foundation Black Mouth Cur from Texas, and the Ladner Yellow Black Mouth Cur that came from Mississippi.

black-mouth-cur-1The Black Mouth Cur is thought to have descended from various ancient European and Asian cur-type herding and hunting dogs. This breed shares some characteristics with the Catahoula Cur, namely its webbed toes.

Given that the Blackmouth Cur is a medium- to large-sized breed, it is best to use a large-breed dog food formula. If you plan to use your dog for hunting or herding, make sure to use a dog food formulated for active dogs to provide your Blackm Mouth Cur with the energy he needs.

The Black Mouth Cur is a very intelligent breed and he is eager to please his owners.

The Black Mouth Cur is a very intelligent breed and he is eager to please his owners. It is important, however, that training be firm and consistent – this dog needs to know that his owner is the boss and the owner must not waver in his control of the dog. Training should be started as early as possible with puppies and continued throughout the dog’s early life to solidify his obedience. Black Mouth Curs can be trained for a variety of purposes including hunting, herding, coursing, agility, and even Search and Rescue. These dogs love having a job to perform.

The weight range for Black Mouth Curs is between 50 and 100 lbs. with males typically being larger than females. The reason for the significant variation in this weight range is related to the fact that there are several different “types” within the breed. Each type, or variation, is named for the kennel or family by which it was developed. Males typically weigh between 40 and 95 lbs. with females weighing in at 35 to 80 lbs., depending on breeding.

black-mouth-cur-2The Black Mouth Cur makes a great family pet as long as it is trained and socialized from a young age. These dogs form very close bonds with their family and have been known to be incredibly protective and loyal. When exposed to children from a young age, Black Mouth Curs can get along well with children of any age, though supervision is recommended for very young children because the dog may not know to be gentler with them. This breed is typically not aggressive with humans, though they can be somewhat territorial. Due to its hunting instincts and high prey drive, it is not recommended that you leave this dog alone with non-canine pets.

The Black Mouth Cur is generally considered to be a very healthy breed – because it is used primarily as a working breed, any genetic defects that might hamper its abilities are quickly culled from the gene pool. There are, however, certain conditions to which the Black Mouth Cur is prone. These conditions include ear infections, eye problems, skeletal problems, epilepsy, and mange.

The average life expectancy of the Black Mouth Cur is between 12 and 16 years.

The Black Mouth Cur is considered a medium energy breed – it requires a daily brisk walk as well as plenty of outdoor space to run and play. This breed does particularly well when trained for hunting, herding, or another sport that keeps it active and engaged. Lack of exercise for this breed can lead to the development of behavioral problems.

The Black Mouth Cur makes a great family pet as long as it is trained and socialized from a young age.

No cur breeds are currently recognized by the AKC but the Black Mouth Cur is considered a member of the Herding Group by the UKC. The Black Mouth Cur first caught the interest of the UKC in the late 1990s but the AKC shows no interest in accepting the breed for registration.

The Black Mouth Cur has a short coat that comes in a wide variety of colors including red, yellow, fawn, white, and piebald. The UKC breed standard states that up to 10 percent of the coat may be white and that white on the toes, tail, nose, and chest is acceptable. Because the coat if this breed is so short, it is relatively easy to groom – the Black Mouth Cur simply requires occasional brushing to remove loose hairs.

The average litter size for the Black Mouth Cur is between 3 and 9, though litters of up to 10 have been reported. Training and socialization is incredibly important for puppies and should be started as early as possible.

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Comparable Breeds

Go to Catahoula Leopard Dog

Catahoula Leopard Dog

  • Height: 20-26 inches
  • Weight: 50-90 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-13 years
  • Group: AKC Foundation Stock Service
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, houses with yards, experienced owners, farms/rural areas
  • Temperament: Hard working, protective, independent, energetic
  • Comparable Breeds: Canaan Dog, Australian Cattle Dog
Go to Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

  • Height: 23-27 inches
  • Weight: 75-100 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Group: AKC Hound
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, active singles and seniors, houses with yards
  • Temperament: Mellow, calm, determined, hardworking
  • Comparable Breeds: Bloodhound, Chesapeake Bay Retriever