The Black Mouth Cur is recognised by its distinctive black muzzle. It comes in a variety of shades, and is known for being a loyal, affectionate and energetic breed.
This all-round working dog is not currently recognised by AKC, or The Kennel Club (UK). But they are recognised by the UKC.
They are generally healthy, and will love being part of an active family.
So is this pup right for your family? And where can you find a Black Mouth Cur puppy?
What’s In This Guide
Black Mouth Cur FAQs
Here’s a list of our readers’ most popular and frequently asked questions about the Black Mouth Cur.
- Are Black Mouth Curs good family dogs?
- Do Black Mouth Curs bark a lot?
- Are Black Mouth Curs easy to train?
- What is Black Mouth Cur Temperament Like?
Breed At A Glance
- Popularity: Increasing!
- Purpose: Working/Scenthound
- Weight: 35 – 50 pounds
- Temperament: Athletic, loyal, playful
Let’s face it. There are a lot of dog breeds out there. Choosing the right breed for you and your family is tricky.
Luckily, by doing a little research into a prospective dog breed and breeder, you can usually find a breed that matches your lifestyle
Black Mouth Cur Breed Review: Contents
- History and original purpose
- Fun facts about Black Mouth Cur
- Black Mouth Cur appearance
- Black Mouth Cur temperament
- Training and exercising your Black Mouth Cur
- Black Mouth Cur health and care
- Do Black Mouth Curs make good family pets
- Rescuing a Black Mouth Cur
- Finding a Black Mouth Cur puppy
- Raising a Black Mouth Cur puppy
- Popular Black Mouth Cur breed mixes
- Black Mouth Cur products and accessories
Maybe you’ve heard about Black Mouth Curs from a friend. Maybe you saw a picture online and couldn’t believe how cute they are.
Either way, you’re probably wondering if this breed could be a good fit for you.
History and Original Purpose
Breed enthusiasts are unsure about the exact origins of the Black Mouth Cur.
Some claim 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.
What They Were Used For
The Black Mouth Cur is a versatile, all around working dog.
They hunted, herded livestock, and guarded the homestead. And so it is no wonder that as settlers moved west, they took their dogs with them.
Fun Facts About Black Mouth Curs
You might recognise this breed from the 1957 Disney film Old Yeller!
The main pup star in this, called Yeller, is a Black Mouth Cur dog!
Where it’s Recognised
Another fun fact is that it’s not actually a recognised breed by the American Kennel Club. They have 189 registered breeds, which are allowed to participate in their events.
But not the Black Mouth Cur!
Some reasons the AKC doesn’t recognise breeds is if there are too few of the dogs in the country. Or just not enough interest in the breed! For a breed to be registered with AKC, they need a National Breed Club!
So there’s nothing to say it won’t happen in the future!
This breed is also not recognised by the Kennel Club (UK). But it was recognised by the United Kennel Club on November 1st, 1998.
The UKC have an official standard for the breed, in case you’re looking to show your Cur.
Black Mouth Cur Appearance
Black Mouth Curs get their name from their distinctive appearance.
Most dogs have a black muzzle. However, this trait is not a necessity for breeders.
Black Mouth 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.
Coat Type and Colors
Acceptable colors for Black Mouth Curs are all shades of red, fawn, yellow, brown, black, buckskin, or brindle.
They have short, dense coats, and most importantly, a strong drive to work and a desire to please their owners.
These athletic dogs are medium to large in size. Males usually weigh between 40 to 50 pounds, and females may weigh slightly less.
Black Mouth Cur Temperament
Black Mouth Curs love to work. Like most working dogs, they are bred for stable, reliable temperaments.
They are tenacious and courageous, traits that make them ideal hunting and cattle dogs.
They are also loyal, protective, and affectionate with their families.
Black Mouth Cur temperament is often described as confident, bold, and trusting.
Strangers might find this breed aloof, but they are loving and playful with their families.
However they 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.
These dogs were originally bred as all around homestead dogs, which means they take their job of protecting their family and property seriously.
However, the Black Mouth Cur temperament is not usually aggressive. They tend to work well with other dogs, especially if they are socialized as puppies.
With the right training and socialization, these dogs can make wonderful family dogs, especially for families who enjoy spending time outside.
Are they a Loud Breed?
These days, the primary purpose of the breed is for hunting. They are scent hounds. They use their nose, as well as their eyes and ears, to track and tree game.
Unlike some hounds, Black Mouth Curs are generally quiet. Silent trackers are preferred by hunters, but the dogs may bark if very hot on a trail or when the game is freed.
Hunting is not all these dogs can do.
They are also used for herding, and can handle smaller livestock like goats and sheep as well as cattle.
Some breeders 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.
Training and Exercise
This breed are active, and used to working with people.
With consistent training, Black Mouth Cur dogs can take really well to learning commands.
Active training is also a great way to satisfy their high energy needs!
These dogs have high energy requirements, which is why they’re so well suited to working lifestyles.
Health and Care
No breed of dog is safe from health problems.
However, Black Mouth Curs are an unusually healthy breed.
This is possibly because most breeders breed for performance instead of looks.
Healthy dogs 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.
But no dog is perfect. There are still things to watch out for.
Ear Infections and Other Problems
Black Mouth Curs may be prone to ear infections.
Their dropped 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 regular basis.
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.
If you choose to bring home this breed, talk to your veterinarian about the best diet and weight for your dog.
Obesity, as with any dog breed, can lead to serious health problems like diabetes and joint disease, and puts stress on your dog’s body.
Keeping your dog at a healthy weight will reduce these risks and help your dog live a long, healthy, active life.
Despite their relatively large size, Black Mouth Curs live a long time.
The average lifespan for the breed is 12 to 16 years, with some dogs living longer.
Do Black Mouth Curs make Good Family Pets?
The decision to purchase or rescue a Black Mouth Cur ultimately depends on you and your family.
These dogs 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.
The Black Mouth Cur temperament is typically stable, non-aggressive, and loyal. So they can also be good family dogs, as long as they are socialized around other pets and children.
See if you can find some Black Mouth Curs near you so that you can spend some time with them.
Sporting dog 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.
Rescuing a Black Mouth Cur
Rescuing a dog can be very rewarding, and comes with the added benefit of knowing you are helping an animal in need.
There are several options if you are interested in rescuing this breed.
A few breed specific rescue organizations can be found in the U.S., especially in the south. You can find 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.
Some rescues will even keep your information on file and contact you if a Black Mouth Cur shows up in their system.
Click here to see our list of rescues
Finding a Black Mouth Cur Puppy
The best place to start your search for breeders is the internet.
However, there are several things you should do before buying a dog from any breeder.
The first 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.
Most importantly, find out if they perform regular health testing on their breeding dogs.
You may have to contact the breeder directly to find out some of this information.
Other Places to Find Breeders
These are hunting dogs. So you may also be able to find information about breeders in hunting publications.
For instance, Ladner’s Yellow Black Mouth Curs have been featured in Full Cry magazine.
Some breeders list information in the classified ads of these magazines, or may be mentioned in articles themselves.
Hunting vs Family Dogs?
Be upfront 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.
Where to Avoid
No matter where you end up getting your puppy from, make sure you avoid puppy mills and pet stores.
Puppy mills usually breed without any care for the health of the puppy or its mother.
And pet stores often buy their pups from these breeders to save money.
If a puppy price looks too good to be true, it probably is. So how much should you be looking to pay?
The price of this breed will depend on the breeder, the dog’s pedigree, and the amount of training that has gone into the dog.
In general, 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.
An untrained Black Mouth Cur puppy ranges on average from $250 to $800.
If you 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.
If you want any more help with choosing a puppy, check out our Puppy Search Guide.
Raising a Black Mouth Cur Puppy
Bringing home 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 pup, you may also wish to talk with a trainer about the best hunting training protocol for your puppy.
Introduce your 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 destructive. Providing chew toys and mental stimulation keeps your puppy occupied and helps them channel natural behaviors into healthy activities – sparing your furniture.
Popular Black Mouth Cur Breed Mixes
Black Mouth Cur mixes can vary widely in temperament, size, and health.
Some of this will depend on the breed of dog mixed with it.
A similar type of hunting dog, for example, may produce a mix that is relatively similar to this breed 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.
Guides to Some Mixes
Comparing the Black Mouth Cur with Other Breeds
We also have a great article that compares a ton of different black mouth cur mixes!
Check it out here!
Pros And Cons of Getting A Black Mouth Cur
If you’re still trying to figure out if this pup is right for you, let’s recap the pros and cons.
This breed are very high energy.
They can be wary of strangers if not properly socialized.
They can be overprotective of their family.
They are generally healthy dogs.
Products and Accessories
There are plenty of things you’ll need to get to prepare for the arrival of any dog.
It can be quite tough to find a specific Black Mouth Cur rescue.
You may be able to find them in normal rescue centers, but if not, here are a few specific places.
If you do know of any specific rescues for this breed, please let us know in the comments so we can add them to this list!
References And Resources
- Gough A, Thomas A, O’Neill D. 2018 Breed Predispositions to Disease In Dogs and Cats. Wiley Blackwell
- O’Neill et al. 2013. Longevity and Mortality of Dogs Owned In England. The Veterinary Journal
- Schalamon et al. 2006. Analysis of Dog Bites In Children Who Are Younger Than 17 Years. Pediatrics
- Duffy D et al. Breed differences in canine aggression. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 2008
- Adams VJ, et al. 2010. Results of a Survey of UK Purebred Dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice.
- United Kennel Club
- Black Mouth Cur Website