Black Mouth Cur Dogs

Black Mouth Curs are tough, resilient working and hunting dogs. Fearless and relentless in the wild, Black Mouth Curs happen to be very sensitive and gentle with people: Around children they tend to tone-down the play and become more mild and protective. They are outgoing, affectionate and very protective of family members. Black Mouth Curs are smart and curious canines.

Black Mouth Cur

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Quick Facts

  • 40 - 90 pounds
  • 16 - 18 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Active singles
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Experienced dog handlers

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Trademark Traits

    • Rugged
    • Rustic
    • Dependable
    • Kind-hearted
    • Protective

Things You Should Know

Born and bred in the outdoors, the Black Mouth Cur might feel a little confined in an apartment. It needs lots of daily exercise. If you can provide the Black Mouth Cur with a protected area for roaming and exploring, by all means let it run.

Black Mouth Curs can live as long as 15 years with relatively few health problems. Grooming the Black Mouth Cur is fairly easy. Simply brush it occasionally, check the ears for signs of infection and keep the toenails trimmed.

Black Mouth Cur History

Curs originated in the Southeastern U.S., but you can find different “Cur” types throughout the country. Dependable and hardy, Curs were used by pioneers to herd cattle, hunt wild boar and guard property. Though no one knows their exact lineage, Black Mouth Curs are believed to descend from ancient European and Asian Cur-type herding and hunting dogs.

The Look of a Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Curs have large, muscular frames covered in short coats that are usually yellow, reddish brown or brindle. Their powerful heads have strong, square muzzles that sometimes have black shading. They have sturdy, athletic midsections and long tails that hang low. Overall, Black Mouth Curs look rugged and resourceful.

Talk About Black Mouth Curs 

Protective and loves to herd horses

We adopted Brady, our Black Mouth Cur, at a rodeo this spring; he was 7-8 weeks old. He is exactly how you describe their personality -- loving and self-entertained although we give him lots of love and attention.

We have horses and he will herd them in. I just got a new horse and he didn't come up for feeding, so Brady barked and went looking for him and brought him in.

He is very protective of our family members and just a pure sweetheart. We love him and were blessed to bring him home and have him as a part of our family.

~Tami R., owner of a Black Mouth Cur

Willing to give his life for you

They LOVE people. This is a dog that not only is willing to give his life for you, he might not even have to.

Though they move like a hound, don't let that fool you. These are very smart dogs and they are working dogs, not suited to living in a confined space, or sedentary life. You should love to be energetic and outdoors, because they do, and they want to be with you when they are. They are sensitive, and being harsh with them hurts their feelings. Please don't get this dog if you don't have a job for him.

~F O.

A guardian angel

I have had my yellow black-mouth cur for about two years and she fits this profile/description exactly. They do get their feelings hurt easily when you punish them, which makes it hard to discipline. But if you don't, as I've experienced, they don't listen when you tell them what to do or they assume that they own you. This can be easily corrected, but I still have problems sometimes.

When people ask what kind of dog she is, I usually just say a hound because no one knows what a cur is, and curs do look very similar to hounds. Protective, low-maintenance, kind, loyal, loving, energetic, and very intelligent describe this breed.

Not only do you have to give them a purpose, but it should be challenging as they love to solve puzzle-like problems. They love being around you and need to know that you're okay because you are their number one priority.

~Hope , owner of a Yellow Black-Mouth Cur