Black Mouth Cur

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Breed Attributes


Breed group:     Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 45-95 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Light Brown / Golden, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled


Life Expectancy: 12-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Hard to find    Climate: Not good for cold climate.

Breed Details


The Black Mouth Cur is a multipurpose dog that is used as an excellent hunting dog to hunt large or semi-large pray as well as great herding dog. It uses its eyes, ears and nose to hunt it quarry which mostly consists of boar, bear, coon, squirrel and deer. It is a medium size dog with height and weight of 16-25 inches and 45-95 pounds respectively. Its body structure makes it very agile and swift. The large head is proportionate to the body with flat and broad, slightly tapered skull. The muzzle and nose are moderately broad with nose having mostly black color although red or brown nose is also acceptable. Wide apart medium to large eyes can be yellow, green or brown. The dropped ears are wide at base, set high and are short to medium in length . Neck is muscled, strong and slightly arched. Forelegs are strong, straight and large while the hing legs are strong and muscular. The body is overall square or slightly longer than taller. Broad back is strong and level with strong and muscular loin. Chest is wide and muscular. The feet are large and webbed, similar to a Catahoula Leopard Dog. The tail of a Blackmouth Cur is medium length and is generally left natural, although it may also be docked. The short and dense coat comes in a variety of colors.

The Black Mouth Cur is made for stamina and exceptional endurance and its body gives it a sleek and graceful look. Overall, Black Mouth Curs look rugged and resourceful.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by UKC, CKC, ACR, DRA, APRI and many others.


This dog comes in a variety of colors. Among acceptable colors for this breed are all shades of red, yellow and fawn; black, brown or brindle; with or without black mask. White is allowed on different parts of the body but must not exceed 10% of body color.


The Black Mouth Cur has short and dense close fitting coat. It can be very fine, coarse or rough to touch.


This excellent hunting dog has the potential to be a great family pet with proper training and socialization. It is very gentle, loyal and protective of its family. Very intelligent and smart, the Black Mouth Cur is specially kind and affectionate towards children more so when raised with them. The dog is very territorial and makes great watch and guard. It can get along with other dogs when hunting but will chase away the same dog when it is 'on its own land'. A relentless worker, the dog has a burning desire to please its owner and family. It needs a firm owner who can show natural authority over this dog. This dog is not for weak owners. The Black Mouth Cur makes an excellent family dog who can die protecting its family.


The short coat is not very difficult to take care of. The dog will need once or twice a week brushing with a hard bristle brush.


Training should start as soon as the dog arrives in the house. Training should be conducted in short training sessions to keep the dog interested. It will also need a firm yet gentle trainer who shows the dog proper leadership skills. With proper training methods, the Black Mouth Cur is very trainable.


This is a dog for an active family or single owner. Very energetic and always looking to do something, the dog should be taken for long daily walks when it is not being used as hunting or herding dog. It is not suitable for apartment life style as the dog would need lots of space to run and play.

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