Black Mouth Cur Lab mix dogs are medium sized, athletic and confident. They have short coats that shed freely all year round, and so need a good groom at least a couple of times a week. Their Black Mouth Cur and Labrador Retriever parents are intelligent working dogs, and these traits are passed along to their hybrid puppies. Provided they are positively trained, well socialized and given lots of love they make good pets for active families as well as single adults.
There is a dog breed out there for everyone. Plus, with the large number of crossbreeds available, there is even a bigger chance that you’ll find the perfect fit for you and your family.
Origins of the Black Mouth Cur
Black Mouth Cur dogs originated somewhere in the American South, probably around Tennessee.
It is likely that the breed descended from the European Cur dogs that were transported to America by the pioneers and settlers.
From there, they developed into the versatile dogs that the southern settlers needed for hunting, herding livestock, and warding off dangerous wildlife. They truly were man’s best friend.
These multipurpose dogs played a major role in the settling of the American frontier.
For a long time, the Black Mouth Curs were bred with other dogs as necessary.
Even today there is great variation between regions and specific breeders.
Because of this, Black Mouth Curs are only “lightly” considered purebred dogs, and several kennel clubs do not even recognize the breed.
Origins of the Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers dogs hail from the island of Newfoundland, just off the northeastern Atlantic coast of Canada.
From around 1700, Labs served the local fishermen of the island.
These hardworking dogs spent their days retrieving fish that had escaped hooks and towing in lines.
Beyond that, their earlier history is unknown. They may have been from the Newfoundland dog or another small water dog, but no one knows for sure.
Eventually, outsiders noticed the Labrador Retrievers’ usefulness and decided to take the dogs back to their own country.
Interestingly enough, in the 1880s, Labrador Retrievers were almost extinct. Government regulations n Newfoundland allowed only one dog per family, and owning a female was highly taxed.
Because of this, the breed quickly disappeared in that area.
Many claim that it was because of Labs’ English fans, who commonly imported the canines, that they are still around today.
The Kennel Club recognized them as a distinct bred in 1903, and the American Kennel Club followed suit in 1917.
Origins of the Black Mouth Cur Lab Mix
A Black Mouth Cur Lab Mix is just what it sounds like—a mix between a Black Mouth Cur and a Labrador Retriever.
Because it is a mix of breeds, a Black Mouth Cur Lab is not considered a “real” breed, but rather a mixtures of breeds.
Due to this lack of identity, this mix does not have a well-documented history.
Because Black Mouth Curs were commonly bred with other breeds, we do not know exactly when this mix was first created.
Variations in Appearances
As Black Mouth Curs and Labrador Retrievers are both large dogs, the mixture of the two breeds is also large. These dogs are usually somewhere between 16 and 25 inches in height.
Weight-wise, a Black Mouth Curs Lab Mix is usually somewhere between 40 and 95 pounds. They tend to be on the slimmer side, much like their parents.
Remember though, that because Black Mouth Curs differ so much, this cross can be anywhere in this large range of possibilities.
Coats and Colors
Black Mouth Curs and Labrador Retrievers are both short-haired, so a puppy from this mix will be short-haired as well.
This cross’s coat can be anything from white to black, dark brown to tan. It does not seem to matter whether their Labrador parent was a “yellow lab,” “black lab,” or a “chocolate lab.” In other words, the parent’s coat color does not necessarily echo what the puppies will look like.
I have seen whole litters with white, tan, and black puppies! You can never really tell what you will get.
Puppies of this mix might also have extensive markings, while others might have no markings at all. The dark face coloration from which the Black Mouth Cur got its name is reasonably common. Other common markings include white bellies and face markings, dark bridle markings, and white paws.
Grooming and General Care
Because of their short hair, this cross doesn’t need much grooming. A brush daily or even weekly, depending on how much the particular dog sheds, would be plenty. They do, however, require a regular nail trimming.
Labrador Retrievers are prone to ear infections, and Black Mouth Curs have a tendency to harbor bacteria in the folds of their face and neck. So, it is also crucial to keep their faces and ears clean, especially after swimming or romping around in the woods.
It is important to get these active dogs used to handling at a young age, so start your grooming routine early and often.
Black Mouth Cur Lab Mix Temperament
Labradors are usually described as sweet-natured, outgoing, easy to train, and extremely friendly. Most Black Mouth Curs are described as courageous, loyal, fearless, and intelligent. However, you can never tell which puppies are going to end up more like a Labrador or more like Black Mouth Cur.
It’s the game of chance that comes from buying a cross breed!
No matter their personalities, both of these breeds are very active. They are big, working dogs, so room to run and frequent walks are necessary.
Furthermore, because of the intelligence of both breeds, these crosses are generally very trainable.
They also tend to wander or chase things they consider prey, so training is particularly important to prevent them from running off.
As a crossbreed, these dogs are slightly healthier than their purebreed counterparts.
Furthermore, Black Mouth Curs are generally very healthy dogs due to the commonality of breeding with other species.
Labrador Retrievers are prone to some health issues, however, and there is a possibility of them passing on these genetic dispositions to their children.
It is important to always check a new puppy’s parents for health problems. General conditions to look out for are joint problems, eye issues, and skin conditions.
Ideal Home and Suitability as a Family Dog
The ideal home would be one that has a large yard, or is in an area that allows for long daily walks.
Both Black Mouth Curs and Labrador Retriever are usually great with children, so a crossbreed probably will be as well! However, it is important to supervise dogs and children when they are together.
Curs have a high prey drive, so it is generally not a good idea for them tolive with smaller pets, such as rabbits, cats, and small dogs.
Finding a Black Mouth Cur Lab Mix Puppy
Have you fallen in love yet? Before you run out and buy the cutest puppy, it is important to find a reputable breeder.
Good breeders for Black Mouth Cur Labrador Retriever mix puppies are out there. Read the reviews, look online, perhaps ask your friends. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to a breeder if you suspect that they are participating in non-ethical practices.
Ask to see the whole litter of puppies to ensure that they are all healthy and friendly. If you can, also ask to see where the puppies spend most of their time. This way you can check whether their living conditions are appropriate.
Always make sure you ask about the health of their parents and grandparents. While crossbreeds are slightly healthier than purebreeds, they can still inherit genetic disorders from their parents.
Judi McGinity says
we find in the morning and late afternoon..we go thru this nipping and biting routine like a toddler that wants to sleep but wont …. outr Katie is 14mos old and a wonderful dog all around..but trying to brake tis “love bite habit. Any advise,
Did you find something to help change this nipping/biting routine? My pup is 4 months old; this habit emerged and is getting worse even with corrections.
Frances Phillips says
I have a 10 month old. He’s sweet, loving and protective. But, he likes to nip when playing. (I’m on blood thinners.) How do I stop this?
Rosemary Mento says
I had a black mouth cur/lab for 16 years and we just put him down, looking to get another one in SC
Looking into adopting one of these dogs.. we live on five acres, no fenced yard and are concerned about the dog wandering off.. of course we will none training, but heard they like to wander… any suggestions if this is a dog we should or shouldn’t get?
Typo.. we will be doing training..
Tami Cooke says
I was given a black mouth cur/black lab mix the day before Hurricane Sally. He has the sweetest face and personality! He has grown to about 40 lbs and is a huge handful! Sadly I have to re-home him because I’m older and can’t control him. He is so energetic and runs amok. If I leave him at home he destroys everything he can: tile floor ripped up, doors busted, and even uses the laundry room for a bathroom. He has also tripped me up and caused me to have concussions. I’ve never had to re-home a dog and it’s breaking my heart!
Dawn Werner says
Picked up 3 BMC/Labs at a local shelter..they were brought in as a litter as strays. I originally planned to take 1 home so spent 4 days in their kennel with them trying to learn their personalities & decide which 1 to take home.
1 male looked like a typical BMC…very attentive. 1 male looked like much like a choc lab with some BMC traits…he was a cuddler. 1 female looked like a black lab…very distrustful of humans.
I ended taking all three home and no regrets. I followed recommendations to interdict/prevent further litter mate syndrome. I crated them separately, fed them separately & gave them attention/training on an individual basis.
No regrets…they are all the best dogs. They have all bonded with me, my two little dogs & my cats.
My Max is a BMC/Lab we got from the animal shelter at only 8 weeks old. He’s my 5 year old, 70 lb lap dog now. We had 2 children (4yo & 1yo) when we got Max & now we have 5 ranging from 2-10. We don’t allow the children to bother him while he’s eating but we’ve never had an issue with them being around him. Although he did frequently knock down toddlers with his tail in his hyper toddler stage! He is mama’s boy for sure though, from the time he came home he’s loved his mama. Protective if strangers are near, barking and positioning himself between me & them but never aggressive. Although he’s watchful, and I believe he could be if I or the children were threatened.
Jim W. says
My 2 daughters adopted two rescue dogs. Summer (BMC/Brindle Lab) and Ella (BMC/Shepard). Both are awesome dogs, but Summer absolutely loves me–she waits quietly outside my bedroom until I wake up then she is all over me wanting attention. She is very protective and loving. While they love children and are drawn to them, they can get a bit rough as they play so I would recommend caution around small children. If you get one of these amazing dogs, you will have a companion for life!
I just got a Black Mouth Lab puppy and so far he is a sweetie. He is 6 weeks old and he was free to good hime from a friend. She owned both parents and the puppies were a happy accident. I got him because my son wanted a squiirel dog.
Linda blake says
Hi. Thanks for your comment. I am getting a McLean mix puppy 12 weeks old from rescue. I have not had dog since I was a kid. Now 55 in March. Any trading tips and how large is your dog now? Thanks
Linda blake says
Sorry. Typo any training tips not trading tips. 😜.
Has anyone dealt with agressive behavior over chew toys or agressive competitive behavior when guests arrive?
Shannon Kendall says
Yes! My female goes crazy and snippy at guests, door bells, big trucks etc… And snips if in bed with you and your foot wakes her.
Liz Seyberth says
I have one and it’s the best dog ever! She is especially interested in children…..she absolutely loves kids!!!! She is emotional and will pout if she thinks she’s slighted (like shushing her off the bed because I’m changing the sheets, can cause her to pout and sleep downstairs for the night despite me calling her to bed). This dog is a wonderful creation and I would highly recommend
Shannon Kendall says
mine pouts too and on occassion will refuse to come to bed as well
Malki Louison says
Hello just recently got a two year old Blk Mouth Cur Mix w yellow lab retriever – a rescue dog. She is super sweet but we have had her only for a day! Any advice you can give me. Some of the stuff on the internet paints them out to be aggressive somewhat which we are def not looking for? She gets along with my senior beagle so far and has been quiet and laidback – went for a long walk w her and she is not reactive to any dog large or small. Thanks New owner!