Black Mouth Cur: Facts, Traits & History

black mouth cur dog running on the beach
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Last Updated on December 1, 2023 by Dogster Team

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 40 – 90 pounds
  • Height: 16 – 18 inches

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.


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

Ideal Human Companion

  • Active singles
  • Outdoorsy types
  • Experienced dog handlers

What They Are Like to Live With

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.

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.

Featured Image Credit: Oakland Images, Shutterstock

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