Black Mouth Cur mixes are all twists on a thoroughly American breed.
Historians believe the original Curs travelled to America by way of England.
There is also evidence supporting a genetic link to other popular British dog breeds such as the Queen’s own beloved Corgis.
The word “cur” is often misdefined as meaning “mixed breed,” but in reality the Cur is a specific English working dog breed developed to hunt, herd and guard.
In this article, meet some distinctive and unique Black Mouth Cur mix dogs!
The Black Mouth Cur
The Black Mouth Cur, or BMC, is often confused with the similarly named Mountain Cur, but in reality these are two different purebred dog breeds.
The Black Mouth Cur gets their breed name from the dark pigmentation on the lips and inside the mouth. Some but not all BMC dogs also have a black face mask.
Size and Weight
These dogs can weigh anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds, with males generally being larger than females.
Personality and Temperament
BMCs are born and bred to be working dogs: herding, hunting and guarding for people.
Socialization and training from puppyhood is vital to helping your dog integrate into a community by tempering their protective instincts.
For these and other reasons, many breeders and owners recommend the Black Mouth Cur as a companion canine for an experienced owner only.
Owners say BMCs do shed somewhat year-round as well as seasonally.
Health and Longevity
Health issues that can affect the Black Mouth Cur include hip and joint tears, eye issues and ear infections.
The Black Mouth Cur can live as long as 12 to 16 years.
Black Mouth Cur Mixes
Hybrid breeding today is often done to improve genetic diversity and overall breed health.
This is called “heterosis” or “hybrid vigor” – the theory that adding fresh genetic influence can potentially lessen the impact of certain heritable purebred health issues.
These are some of the most popular Black Mouth Cur mixes today!
American Foxhound Black Mouth Cur Mix
The American Foxhound is an American institution, with their tireless work ethic and loud,musical, baying song. This dog, like the Black Mouth Cur, is not a dog for beginning dog owners and trainers.
But for an experienced dog owner who has the time and energy and expertise to give this dog the active, energetic life this hybrid needs, the American Foxhound Black Mouth Cur is a fabulous working canine companion.
This dog’s adult weight range is 50 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 11 to 16 years.
American Pit Bull Terrier Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. Black Mouth Pittie
The Black Mouth Pittie can live 8 to 16 years and has a weight range of 30 to 100 pounds.
You can expect a dog with a loyal and protective temperament with plenty of smarts. This dog has a short, neat coat that sheds year-round.
Learn more about the Black Mouth Pittie by reading our full review article.
American Staffordshire Terrier Black Mouth Cur Mix
The AmStaff BMC mix has the terrier personality – lively, tenacious, somewhat stubborn, yet highly trainable. With this hybrid, you will get a tireless and loyal worker who makes for a close companion canine.
This dog will weigh 40 to 100 pounds and live 12 to 16 years. The short, close coat has medium shedding and is easy to maintain.
Australian Cattle Dog Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. Black Mouth Cur Heeler
The Australian Cattle Dog, or red/blue heeler, gets its breed name from its tendency to nip the heels of livestock during herding.
Combine this trait with the BMC’s tireless herding and guarding instinct and you have a strong-willed dog that requires an experienced handler.
This dog weighs 35 to 100 pounds and lives 12 to 16 years. The coat sheds seasonally and year-round.
Australian Shepherd Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Australian Shepherd Black Mouth Cur weighs 40 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
This working dog breed has a high energy level and is highly intelligent. Expect a dog that cannot resist herding you and everything else they see.
This dog’s coat sheds year-round and seasonally.
Basset Hound Black Mouth Cur Mix
The low-slung Basset Hound and the leggy, rangy Black Mouth Cur make an interesting match. This dog’s adult weight range is 40 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
This dog has a moderate energy level except when scenting a trail.
This dog also has a tendency to shed. They may inherit a Basset Hound’s shortened legs, which are linked to intervertebral disc disease in later life.
Black and Tan Coonhound Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Black and Tan Coonhound and the Black Mouth Cur have similar work ethics with one key difference: the Black and Tan Coonhound is a nocturnal hunter!
But both dogs have an unstoppable drive to run and hunt that is highly complementary in this hybrid dog.
This dog’s weight range in adulthood is 50 to 110 pounds and a lifespan of 10 to 16 years.
Bloodhound Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Bloodhound Black Mouth Cur weighs 50 to 110 pounds with a life expectancy of 10 to 16 years.
This dog is quite docile and calm in all situations except when following their nose!
This dog’s short, smooth coat sheds consistently year-round.
Blue Lacy Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Blue Lacy is the official state dog of Texas in the United States.
This dog is smaller than the BMC, giving this mixed dog a wide range of possible adult weights, from 25 to 100 pounds.
The Blue Lacy Black Mouth Cur mix is highly complementary because these two dog breeds have similar builds and skill sets.
Border Collie Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Border Collie is a smaller pup, so you can expect your Border Collie Black Mouth Cur to weigh 35 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
This dog is very energetic with the combination of the Border Collie’s tireless herding instincts and the BMC’s herding and hunting background.
Both dogs contribute shedding double-layer coats.
Boxer Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Boxer and the Black Mouth Cur have similar adult weight ranges, meaning your adult pup will likely weigh 50 to 100 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 16 years.
This dog has a short, neat coat that sheds.
Your Boxer Black Mouth Cur may be affected to some degree by the Boxer parent dog’s brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle shape.
Carolina Dog Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Carolina Dog has truly ancient origins and still retains some of the primitive behaviours and pack mentalities of their wild Asian wolf ancestors.
This dog has an adult weight range of 30 to 100 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Both parent dogs contribute short, shedding coats that are mostly self-maintaining.
Catahoula Leopard Dog Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Catahoula Leopard Dog was born and bred in the state of Louisiana in the United States. The Black Mouth Cur originated in the southern United States.
Both dogs have short, neat coats that shed year-round and seasonally. Both are loyal, brave and highly protective.
Even the weight range is similar at 50 to 100 pounds. This dog’s life expectancy is 10 to 16 years.
German Shepherd Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. German Black Mouth Cur
The German Black Mouth Cur inherits strong protective and guarding instincts from both the German Shepherd and the Black Mouth Cur.
This dog’s weight range is from 50 to 100 pounds from both parent dogs. The life expectancy of this dog is 7 to 16 years.
This mix dog has a short to medium-length coat that sheds year-round and seasonally.
Golden Retriever Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. Golden Black Mouth Cur
The Golden Retriever Black Mouth Cur has a weight range of 55 to 100 pounds and a life expectancy of 10 to 16 years.
Both parent dogs share an interest and aptitude for hunting and a seasonally shedding coat, although in most other ways they are quite different.
Your Golden Black Mouth Cur sheds both seasonally and year-round.
Labrador Retriever Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. Black Mouth Cur Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular companion canine in the United States, though the Black Mouth Cur is still well known only regionally.
These two dogs have very different personalities and temperaments, but this can work out well to temper the BMC’s strong protective instincts in a pet situation.
Learn more about the Black Mouth Cur Lab by reading our full review article.
Mastiff Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Mastiff Black Mouth Cur will be the largest dog featured in this article here. This dog can easily weigh anywhere from 50 to 230 pounds in adulthood!
However, the Mastiff, like so many giant dog breeds, has a shortened life expectancy. So this dog’s life span ranges from just 6 years to 16 years.
This is a shedding breed, especially seasonally, but coat maintenance is easy. Also be prepared for a potential surprise contribution from the Mastiff parent – drool!
Mountain Cur Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Mountain Cur and the Black Mouth Cur have confusingly similar names but they are different purebred dog breeds.
However, they have similar temperaments and skillsets, including exceptional herding, hunting and guarding abilities.
This mix dog will definitely be the best fit for a very confident, experienced dog owner and trainer.
The Mountain Cur is smaller and slighter in weight and build than the BMC with a shorter overall life expectancy. This dog’s adult weight range is from 30 to 100 pounds with a lifespan of 10 to 16 years.
Pomeranian Black Mouth Cur Mix
The Pomeranian Black Mouth Cur is a tiny pup compared to the other dogs you meet in this article. This dog’s adult weight range is from just 3 pounds to 100 pounds!
The Pomeranian Black Mouth Cur has an interesting coat with the Pomeranian’s signature thick, fluffy, double-layer coat and the BMC’s short, neat, flat coat.
However, you can count on shedding whichever parent dog’s coat type dominates!
This dog will have a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Siberian Husky Black Mouth Cur Mix
A.K.A. Siberian Black Mouth Cur
This dog weighs 35 to 100 pounds with a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
The Siberian Husky is a sweet-tempered and friendly dog accustomed to working in close quarters with other dogs and people.
This influence may temper the Black Mouth Cur’s very strong protective instincts to produce an indifferent guard dog but a very loyal and affectionate family pet.
This dog is definitely a shedder with the Husky’s thick, double-layer coat!
Is A Black Mouth Cur Mix Right For Me?
Though there are numerous options for Black Mouth Cur mixes, each one has their own unique personality.
Some Black Mouth Cur mixes are best suited to experienced owners. As with any new dog, make sure to discuss any concerns you have with potential breeders!
We hope you enjoyed learning about these Black Mountain Cur mix dogs!
References and Resources
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