1 December, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About The Black Mouth Cur

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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  1. I have a Black Mouth Cur named Dakota which I rescued when she was seven months old. She is now one year old. When I picked her up from the pound she was leary of me but after I got her home and she found out that I wasn’t bad after all she began to settle down. She started sleeping in the bed with me and what I thought was interesting she would cuddle up and throw her weight in my back when it was sore. It’s like having a heating pad. She only urinated in the House once and I was able to train her very easy. When I let her run on property all I had to do was whistle and she would come back to me. I didn’t train her on it. They definitely have a lot of energy and boy does she enjoy chase. Rabbits, squirrels, deer and any other wildlife that runs, jumps or flies. My lil girl is just a tad over 40lbs she won’t get any bigger than that. Very intelligent breed from what I’ve seen with Dakota and looking forward to years with my lil girl.

  2. Back in April we rescued a 7 year old BMC from a shelter and brought him home to our other 7 year old rescue (golden lab). His old owners had other dogs, but they raised him and then abandoned him when they moved. New homeowners tried to keep him but found out he had severe anxiety -understandably. He bonded very quickly and we’ve been working small incriments of time away, where he can still hear us and now we can be gone for about 15-20 minutes comfortably. I think his biggest help has been our other dog Abby. He is enamored with her, but when she wants to play he gets pretty shy. Her being home helps him a lot, amongst other things. He is wonderful and my husband wants to take him hunting next season, so we’ll be training him soon! BMC’s rule!

  3. We have a Black mouth cur..his name is Otis..he just turned a year old…he was a rescue..we got him when he was about 12wks old…at first he was not a big snuggler…they say that the breed needs time to bond with their owner before training cam begin…so we let him get used to us…and boy let me tell you…once these BMC bond..you can see instantly the change in them….he is extremely protective…it’s like it was just in him to be a protector….he is so cuddly…he will literally spoon my husband and I at night…lol…which is tough since he weighs in at about 70lbs. Lol….he truly is my soul…he is like a brother to our daughters…he adores them…especially my 6yr old…they are best buds…

  4. Annie’s almost 4 months old. We love her but she is the worst dog I’ve ever had for potty training. We have a dog door and she uses it like a pro. We also have 2 older labs, 13 & 15 years old and a lab/chesapeake mix who is 10 months old. Never had a dog go over a week without being potty trained. We have had Annie for 6 weeks now and just can’t understand it. She goes out to poo now but still pees in the house at times. She sleeps in bed with me and the other dogs. She snuggles up by my head. She is a good dog but I just have issues with the potty training

    1. I had the same problem, until I installed the doggy door. No more problems! My BMC weighs 75 lbs and Look amazing, red with a white shield on her chest. She also sleeps with me… what a dog!

    2. Omg I’m having the same issues! I’ve never had this kind of challenge house training a dog!!! Please tell me your Annie came around? My Frida is 11 weeks old and we’ve been on top of it for 4 straight weeks. I’m exhausted!

    3. Hi not sure I replied in the right place earlier. I’m having similar issues with my BMC puppy. Can’t use a dog door because it’s 100 degrees in Austin. Please tell me Annie came around.

  5. My black mouth cur is a mushy cuddle machine since he was a puppy. While all dogs have wildly different personalities and mannerisms, Black Mouth Cus’s are typically gentle family dogs. My guy tends to like his own space from time to time but he never misses a chance to cuddle on the couch. He was also very easy to potty train as he always wanted to please us and learned a lot on his own. Also amazingly gentle and sweet with our daughter since the day we brought her home from the hospital. Best family and kid dog ever

  6. My Black Mouth Cur is so smart and respectful, but not open to affection like my dogs in the past. He loves to be around people, loves attention, but shys away from hugs and kisses. Not a lap dog, yet so kind and gentle, and definitly loves being in the center of everything, but not open to affection. He doesn’t growl or show any aggression, but shys away from too much affection. Very independent, yet the sweetest dog I’ve ever owned. He will snuggle with me briefly, but always moves to just find his own place and space. He just seems to need His Own Room??? Again, never does anything distructive, or displays any bad behavior issues at all. Just sort of aloof. It’s fine, but just wondering if this is normal?

    1. We too own a rescued Mountain Cur. We have had him for 3 years and he is just great. Loves to play with toys, run, run, run so fast, is funny, loves the kids, is very good with other dogs but does get a little nippy if another dog tries to take his food. Did I say how smart he is!? Once he bonded the training was easy. Treats every time after going potty outside works like a charm. Can be very independent but is more cuddly as time goes on. We can not let him off the leash unless in fenced in yard. He loves to take off and run! We can’t imagine not having him in our life.

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