Everything You Need to Know About The Black Mouth Cur

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Black Mouth CurChampions in the woods, swift and quick as the wind, and strong and fearless as any man, the Black Mouth Cur is a resilient hunting dog AND a great best friend.

Throughout this article, we are going to give you all the information you need on the popular hunting dog, and how the breed even got its own movie!

Appearance and Personality of the Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Cur is a large to medium-sized dog. Its most distinguishable features include its black muzzle (therefore adopting the name Black Mouth Cur) with a range of different short-haired coat colors, including – yellow, red, tan, brown, black, fawn, and more.

As a fearless and loyal breed of dog, the Black Mouth Cur is a great protector to stand guard over you when the night is dark and full of terrors (Game of Thrones pun intended). They will do whatever it takes to please its master and is very protective of the humans it loves.

A yellow black mouth cur dog lying on grass

Whilst the Black Mouth Cur is highly intelligent, even known to train itself and pick up on human signs and signals, they are not so great around other animals. This is a hunting dog, remember?

Along with herding cattle and baying hogs, this dog breed is excellent with its human counterparts and makes for a wonderful family dog. When they aren’t hunting in the field, all they want are lots of cuddles and to give big happy smiles!

Traits of the Big but Lovable BMC Dog

The Black Mouth Cur is an all-rounder breed of dog, and has the following traits:

  • Intelligent
  • Multi-talented
  • Energetic
  • Loving
  • Protective
  • Family oriented
  • Hunters

“You Aint Nothin’ But A Hound Dog”: The History of the Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Curs originated in the South-eastern U.S., but are now found throughout the country as they are an immensely popular breed.

Originally, the Black Mouth Curs were used by pioneers to herd the cattle, hunt the wild hogs during hunting season, and stand guard on the family home. Not much has changed for these talented dogs, as they are still a very big part of that culture.

Though their exact lineage is unknown, they are believed to descend from Ancient Egypt.

Define Cur: The Hunting Dog

The Black Mouth Cur adopted the name of ‘The Hunting Dog’ due to their historic past, but what makes them still have this name today?

The BMC dog is fiercely loyal and highly intelligent, as well as reliable; all three common traits that are needed for a hunting dog. Not only that, but the Black Mouth Cur is adaptable to their surroundings. Never backing down from a fight, their instincts for herding and treeing are embedded in them through their past.

Cur Breed, Dog Breed: Mountain Cur vs. Black Mouth Cur

While both Cur breeds, the Mountain Cur is slightly different from a BMC as its bred specifically for treeing and trailing small game and generally more expensive to purchase as a puppy.

Fun Fact: Some claim that “cur” is a mixed-breed dog; however, the Black Mouth Cur is actually purebred.

How Many Names and Other Breeds are of the Black Mouth Cur Family?

Here are a few:

  • Black-mouthed Cur
  • Blackmouth Cur
  • Foundation Black Mouth Cur (originated from Texas)
  • American Black Mouth Cur
  • Ladner Yellow Blackmouth Cur (originated from Mississippi)
  • Red Alabama Blackmouth Cur
  • Florida Black Mouth Cur
  • Florida Yellow Black Mouth Cur
  • Southern Black Mouth Cur (originated from Alabama)
  • Southern Cur

5 Facts You Didn’t Know About this Herd Dog

  1. They are multi-talented, being that they are hunters by night and lovable couch potatoes by day.
  2. They are a ball of ever-going energy and love to run off the leash for at least an hour a day.
  3. They are protective. Old Yeller, anyone?
  4. They are super intelligent, so be careful what you do because they may just copy you!
  5. They try to live forever, until 18 years of age.

Black Mouth Cur Puppies!

Not only are they adorable, but they are pup-tastic! Black Mouth Cur puppies are quick to learn (which makes potty training all that easier) and are easy to keep groomed. If you have kids that like to run themselves till dusk, then a black mouth cur puppy will be great for them as BMCs need to run themselves till exhaustion as pups.

black mouth cur puppy

Not only that, but they make for great companions. I mean, look at that, who wouldn’t want this little pup as their best friend?

A Dog’s Coat: Maintenance of Black Mouth Cur Dogs

As a short hair dog, the Black Mouth Curs are easy to keep groomed. With minimal brushing required, all you really have to worry about is keeping their skin nice an moist, as they can tend to suffer from dry skin, and keep their teeth nice and clean as they are out hunting a lot!

Black Mouth Cur Sizes: From Puppies to Old Farts

As we all know, little pups don’t stay so small and cute forever! The Black Mouth Cur is no different and grows to a height of 16-25 inches tall and 20-43 kg in weight.

Black Mouth Cur Dogs for Sale

Black Mouth Cur Price

A Black Mouth Cur puppy for sale sits anywhere from $300 – $500 USD.

Black Mouth Cur Breeders

The American Kennel Club does not recognize any cur breeds; however, the Black Mouth Cur is considered a member of the Herding Group by the National Kennel Club.

If you want a pure-breed Black Mouth Cur, then some of the best breeders include:

  • Northern Blackmouth Curs
  • Sandridge Kennel
  • Bell & McCoy
  • Southern Black Mouth Curs

Black Mouth Cur Adoption

If you want to adopt a Black Mouth Cur, then you can check out:

  • Rescue Me
  • Adopt a Pet
  • Your Local Animal Shelter!

Lifespan of a Black Mouth Cur

The lifespan of a Black Mouth Cur has one of the longest compared to other dogs, living for 12-18 years. From its first stages as puppies to old grandpas, they have many years to give and be a part of the family.

How to Raise Black Mouth Cur Dogs

The best way to raise a Black Mouth Cur is to start their training from a young age as a cur puppy because this is when they will learn about behaviors and social interactions. If they are raised as an inside dog, then potty training will be needed. Start with the basic commands – sit, stay, down.

Take them for lots of walks, feed them proper protein meals, and perform a series of agility training exercises before taking them out to experience their first hunt.

 Can’t Forget Old Yeller!

Old Yeller is a classic Disney film that all families love, and guess who stares as the lead? That’s right, the Black Mouth Cur! The movie is centered around a 15-year-old boy who tried to shoo away a happy, lop-eared stray, but Old Yeller decides he’ll stay to protect the family and their farm.

Fun Fact: While the movie version depicted a Lab/Mastiff mix, the novel is of a caring and protective Black Mouth Cur.

The Black Mouth Cur are all-rounders. Not only are they adorable, but they are great hunters, excellent guard dogs, and cuddly family pets. The Black Mouth Cur is a great addition to the family, a loyal companion, and a force to be reckoned with on the hunt.

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  • Taz Frase says:

    Read this article and gained a whole new appreciation for my BMC, Kona. She’s about 5 now and I adopted her when she was just 13 weeks. She’s one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever met. With minimal training she learned to use the bathroom outside, sit, and stay. Such a lazy bum during the day but has endless energy when we go outside! It takes her awhile to warm up to other animals and I have to take my time acclimating her to other dogs. She’ll chase anything that moves and will hone in on a squirrel if she sees it in a tree. I’ll literally need to drag her away from the tree once she sees something lol. Overall such a lovable dog!

  • Mary says:

    I believe I have adopted a Black Mouth Cur mix. She came up to the ASPCA shelter from Georgia right after hurricane Michael. I was not sure of her breed till my Nephew, who lives in GA, said she looks like a Black Mouth Cur; never heard of that here in Cleveland OH. She is a very good girl; about 5.5 months now. My biggest issue with her is biting. This breed is very “mouthy” they say. I’m working with her on this and crossing my bruised fingers that she will learn and outgrow that. Otherwise, she is GREAT! Sweet, cuddly, energetic, and smart, if not a bit willful. Again, she’s just a baby so I see good things in our future.

  • Patti says:

    I just have to say, I rescued a dog today. She was dumped on near my friends place, 4 days ago. While I ‘m a German shepherd person, she called to me. So very thin and covered with flies. She wanted to be close to me in the drive to vet, 25 miles, I invited her to come to the front of my truck. Via the armrest. She didn’t leave that armrest till I changed her to the passenger side seat. She is the spitting image of the BMC and so sweet. People are so very mean to dump a dog on the side of the road and think they will live.

  • Sarah says:

    I couldn’t agree more with everything ALN said. I adopted a BMC 6 months ago and it’s the best decision I ever made. He’s so special and smart and loving. My son wanted a big dog that would bond with him and be his best friend – and this dog did not disappoint! He runs around our 1 acre with the invisible fence and he certainly can look scary when he barks at the UPS guy – but he sure makes us feel safe. And he is the opposite of scary. He’s so good with all kids, toddlers too. A lot like a lab in this regard. If you are looking for a loyal, smart, active dog – don’t hesitate to get a black mouth cur!

  • ALN says:

    I adopted a two year old BMC. He is the great with kids and friendly with people. He has been easy to train and seems to live to please me. I don’t hunt so have to make sure he gets daily exercise and stimulation. Sometimes it’s a walk in the park and a trip to Lowes, Cabelas or hobby lobby. He loves doing stuff with me. He is a chewer and loves toys. He is very protective of me at home which makes me feel safe. I can hardly figure out why he was in a shelter for 6 months. I had never heard of the breed before I adopted him. He made his way to a from a shelter in the south to one in KC because of hurricanes. My BMC is a gem! A true find! If thinking about getting a BMC and you don’t hunt you will need to make sure they get exercise. A backyard dog they are not.

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