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Our latest family addition February 10, 2018
" Sisshy "
a black mouthed Cur dog
The Black Mouth
Welcome To Our Complete Guide To The Wonderful Black Mouth Cur. A Tenacious And
Loving Dog Breed That’s Stealing Hearts Around The World.
Let’s face it.
There are a lot of dog breeds out there.
right breed for you and your family is tricky.
doing a little research into a prospective dog breed and breeder, you can
usually find a breed that matches your lifestyle.
heard about Black Mouth Curs from a friend. Maybe you saw a picture online and
couldn’t believe how cute they are.
you’re probably wondering if the Black Mouth Cur could be a good fit for you.
What is a Black
Mouth Cur is a versatile, all around working dog.
enthusiasts are unsure about the exact origins of the Black Mouth Cur.
that they originated in Tennessee, others argue that the breed was first
developed in Mississippi.
What we do
know is that the Black Mouth Cur was popular amongst early American settlers,
especially in the south.
herded livestock, and guarded the homestead. And so it is no wonder that as
settlers moved west, they took their dogs with them.
Curs get their name from their distinctive appearance.
Most dogs have
a black muzzle. However, this trait is not a necessity for breeders.
Curs are bred for performance. This means most breeders do not care overly much
about the color of the coat or the size of the dog. As long as they are healthy
and can get the job done, they are happy.
colors for Black Mouth Curs are all shades of red, fawn, yellow, brown, black,
buckskin, or brindle.
short, dense coats, and most importantly, a strong drive to work and a desire to
please their owners.
Black Mouth Cur personality
Curs love to work.
tenacious and courageous, traits that make them ideal hunting and cattle dogs.
They are also
loyal, protective, and affectionate with their families.
Curs are often described as confident, bold, and trusting.
With the right
training and socialization, these dogs can make wonderful family dogs,
especially for families who enjoy spending time outside.
require regular exercise, so make sure you are prepared to go for plenty of long
walks if you are thinking about bringing home a Black Mouth Cur.
Black Mouth Cur temperament
working dogs, Black Mouth Curs are bred for stable, reliable temperaments.
might find the Black Mouth Cur aloof, but they are loving and playful with their
can be protective. It’s therefore very important to socialize a Black Mouth Cur
puppy to lots of different people and outside the home and inside the home.
were originally bred as all around homestead dogs, which means they take their
job of protecting their family and property seriously.
Black Mouth Curs are not aggressive and work well with other dogs, especially if
they are socialized as puppies.
Black Mouth Cur
the primary purpose of the breed is for hunting.
Curs are scent hounds. They use their nose, as well as their eyes and ears, to
track and tree game.
hounds, Black Mouth Curs are generally quiet.
trackers are preferred by hunters, but the dogs may bark if very hot on a trail
or when the game is treed.
Hunting is not
all these dogs can do.
Curs are also used for herding, and can handle smaller livestock like goats and
sheep as well as cattle.
select dogs with traits better suited for these disciplines, so if you are
looking for a hunting dog, you may want to avoid herding bloodlines.
Black Mouth Cur weight
dogs are medium to large in size. Males usually weigh between 40 to 50 pounds,
and females may weigh slightly less.
size, these are athletic, active dogs that require regular exercise.
If you choose
to bring home a Black Mouth Cur, talk to your veterinarian about the best diet
and weight for your dog.
with any dog breed, can lead to serious health problems like diabetes and joint
disease, and puts stress on your dog’s body.
dog at a healthy weight will reduce these risks and help your dog live a long,
healthy, active life.
Black Mouth Cur health problems
No breed of
dog is safe from health problems.
Mouth Curs are an unusually healthy breed.
possibly because most Black Mouth Cur breeders breed for performance instead of
perform better, whether they are hunting, herding, or performing in dog sports,
and so the breed does not have some of the structural genetic defects, like hip
dysplasia, found in other breeds.
No dog is
Curs may be prone to ear infections.
ears can trap moisture and dirt, especially if they are worked under wet
conditions like swamps, so be prepared to check and clean your dog’s ears on a
You will also
need to check out your puppy’s coefficient of inbreeding, as they are a less
popular breed and therefore have a more limited gene pool.
Black Mouth Cur life expectancy
relatively large size, Black Mouth Curs live a long time.
lifespan for the breed is 12 to 16 years, with some dogs living longer.
This is well
above average for larger breed dogs.
With the right
nutrition and veterinary care, your Black Mouth Cur could live well into his
Black Mouth Cur price
The price of a
Black Mouth Cur will depend on the breeder, the dog’s pedigree, and the amount
of training that has gone into the dog.
you can expect to pay more for a dog with preliminary training in a discipline
like hunting or herding than you would for Black Mouth Cur puppies.
Black Mouth Cur puppies range on average from $250 to $800.
purchase a puppy, remember to calculate in the cost of veterinary visits and a
spay or neuter for the first year, plus toys, training, and supplies.
Black Mouth Cur breeders
The best place
to start your search for Black Mouth Cur breeders is the internet.
are several things you should do before buying a dog from any breeder.
thing is to look around their website.
See if they
have photos and testimonials of previous dogs and litters, or if their dogs have
received titles in competitions.
importantly, find out if they perform regular health testing on their breeding
You may have
to contact the breeder directly to find out some of this information.
Curs are hunting dogs. You may also be able to find information about breeders
in hunting publications.
Ladner’s Yellow Black Mouth Curs have been featured in Full Cry magazine.
list information in the classified ads of these magazines, or may be mentioned
in articles themselves.
with the breeder about what you are looking for.
If you want a
hunting dog, then the breeder may be able to recommend a puppy from a litter
with strong hunting lines.
If you are looking for a family dog, hunting instincts won’t be
as important, and so you may be able to find a breeder who breeds for family
traits, or purchase a less promising hunting prospect for a reduced price.
Black Mouth Cur puppies
a Black Mouth Cur puppy is exciting.
As with any
dog, veterinary visits, socialization, and obedience training are essential to
raising stable and healthy dogs.
If you plan on
hunting with your Black Mouth Cur, you may also wish to talk with a trainer
about the best hunting training protocol for your puppy.
puppy to lots of new experiences, animals, and people in a calm environment.
This will build your dog’s confidence and help reduce the risk of fear-based
aggression in the future.
Puppies can be
toys and mental stimulation keeps your puppy occupied and helps them
channel natural behaviors into healthy activities – sparing your furniture.
Black Mouth Cur rescue
Rescuing a dog
can be very rewarding, and comes with the added benefit of knowing you are
helping an animal in need.
several options if you are interested in rescuing a Black Mouth Cur.
A few breed
specific rescue organizations can be found in the U.S., especially in the south.
You can find Black Mouth Cur rescues online.
You can also
talk with all-breed rescue groups near you or online to see if there are any
Black Mouth Curs in the shelter.
will even keep your information on file and contact you if a Black Mouth Cur
shows up in their system.
Black Mouth Cur mix
Cur mixes can vary widely in temperament, size, and health.
Some of this
will depend on the breed of dog mixed with the Black Mouth Cur.
A similar type
of hunting dog, for example, may produce a mix that is relatively similar to a
Black Mouth Cur in appearance and temperament. A Catahoula Black Mouth Cur mix
will probably produce a hunting dog similar to both breeds.
A mix that
includes two very different parents, on the other hand, like a Black Mouth Cur
Labrador mix, could yield offspring that are somewhere in the middle in size,
appearance, and temperament.
Should I buy a Black Mouth Cur?
to purchase or rescue a Black Mouth Cur ultimately depends on you and your
Curs need regular exercise. They may not be well suited for owners with very
small backyards or sedentary lifestyles.
This breed is
a good choice for sporting owners who plan to hunt or compete with their dogs.
They can also
be good family dogs, as long as they are socialized around other pets and
See if you can
find some Black Mouth Curs near you so that you can spend some time with them.
shows are a good place to start, or breed enthusiast groups.
You can also
use those opportunities to ask more questions about the breed from people who
have firsthand experience owning, handling, and training them.
Further Reading and Resources
‘Black Mouth Cur.’ United Kennel Club.
‘Black Mouth Cur: Official UKC Breed Standard.’ United Kennel
‘Breed Standards For The Black Mouth Cur.’ National Kennel Club