Your complete guide to raising a Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Cur smiling

Look at this beautiful smile!

Dogs are man’s best friend, and as cliché as this statement sounds, it is true. A dog can be a protector, a best friend, and a companion for life. This is what makes them most people’s favorite pets. Unlike cats (or turtles, in my case… yes, I have a turtle called Oberyn, sue me!), they are loving and affectionate.

Adopting a dog as a pet is a way to ensure that you will have a loyal companion forever and ever. Most dogs want nothing more than to be with their owner, cuddle them, and play with them. And this is exactly why they are such fantastic pets. Usually, people who own dogs are more extroverted, and it is understandable since these beautiful animals make us daring and adventurous.

There are hundreds and hundreds of breeds of dogs to choose from. Some are great guard dogs, while some are perfect family dogs and companions. Others are working dogs, assisting the blind or sniffing out drugs and bombs for the police. With so many breeds in the world, it is not always easy to choose the perfect one for us. You would have to consider everything, from the way you live to how small (or big) your house is. Some dogs are couch potatoes while others are extremely active and energetic. Some dogs do not fare well around children, while others, like the Pitbull, are the perfect nanny. In the end, it all goes down to your needs and lifestyle.

Today though, we will be learning about a specific breed that most people don’t know about. They might have seen it around before, but they probably don’t know much about it. This breed is the Black Mouth Cur.

The Black Mouth Cur is an American breed famous for being smart, loyal, protective, kind, and active. Muscular and athletic, this amazing purebred dog comes in a variety of coat shades. This dog is not only the perfect working dog, he is also an amazing companion and family dog. If you treat him well and keep him healthy and exercised, this pooch will thank you by being your best friend for life.

So, let’s learn more about the Black Mouth Cur, shall we?

Take a seat, make yourself a tea, and get comfortable. This is going to be a long ride, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have!

Where does the Black Mouth Cur come from?

No one really truly knows the origins of the Black Mouth Cur. Some speculate that this beautiful purebred dog originated in the south of America, either in Mississippi or Tennessee. More likely than not, this breed is the descendant of either European or Asian cur dogs that were brought to North America by early settlers. These pioneers needed a sturdy dog who could work the farm, herd cattle, and, most importantly, help them hunt and scare away dangerous animals such as wolves or foxes.

What we can be sure of, though, is that the Black Mouth Cur played an important role in the settling of European pioneers in the American frontier. Some even claim that without this beautiful breed, settlers wouldn’t have been able to survive the rough lands of North America.

Because breeders back then crossbred these dogs with other purebreds but didn’t keep records of it, the Black Mouth Cur’s history is quite blurry and mysterious. Some researchers speculate that the Black Mouth Cur has some English Mastiff in him, but no one knows for sure. This makes this beauty even more fascinating than it already is. Shrouded in mystery, no one really knows his true origins.

What is sure, though, is that the Black Mouth Cur shares several characteristics and traits with some Asian and European cur dog. They, just like him, were bred to help with herding and hunting. For example, the Black Mouth Cur shares several characteristics with the Catahoula Cur.

What does the Black Mouth Cur look like?

Puppy Black Mouth Cur on a leash

Isn’t this puppy just the cutest?

Credit: Christine Burger / CC BY-ND

We might not know much about the Black Mouth Cur’s history and origins, but at least, we know what he looks like.

This pure breed has been used by the first American settlers in the south to help with hunting and herding. This means that this beautiful dog is quite strong and muscular, leaving everyone in front of him in awe of his power.

But, what makes these dogs so famous is not their strength or their agility, it is the origin of their name. The Black Mouth Cur, naturally, is famous for his black muzzle, even though this trait is not a necessity for breeders.

When it comes to the size, there can be a lot of variations, depending on their breeding. Most breeders don’t care too much about the color or how big or small this dog is, because he is mostly bred for performance. So, if the Black Mouth Cur can do the job, breeders are usually happy. But, still, there are a few distinctive traits that will help you recognize a Black Mouth Cur.

Usually, a male Black Mouth Cur will be larger and bigger than a female one. On average, he will weigh between 40 and 95 pounds, while a female will weigh between 35 and 80 pounds. Usually, this breed is between 16 inches and 22 inches in height.

The Black Mouth Cur comes in different colors, though all of them are some shade of red or brown. This breed can be fawn, yellow, red, black, brindle, brown, or buckskin. The coat is usually short, dense, and easy to take care of.

Most Black Mouth Curs live up to their name by having black fur on their muzzle, though not all of them do. Some Black Mouth Curs also happen to have white patches on the tail, legs, face, and chest. The eyes are either yellow, brown, or green.

How to groom a Black Mouth Cur?

Grooming your Black Mouth Cur will not be much of a hassle. Because his coat happens to be smooth and short, it will not need a lot of maintenance. He is quite hypoallergenic, so that also makes him perfect for people with asthma, breathing problems, and allergies.

Simply brush your Black Mouth Cur's coat once a week to make it smooth and get rid of dead skin and looser hairs.

As for bathing, one bath every 3 or 4 months is enough for the Black Mouth Cur, unless you see (or smell, use your noses people) that your pooch is getting dirtier than usual. Be sure to use a special shampoo for dogs, to keep your best friend’s skin hydrated and his coat shiny and smooth.

Clean your dog’s ears once a week to keep ear infections at bay. Always use a special ear cleaner for dogs. If you don’t know which one to use, check out our list of the best ear cleaners on the market. Trimming your dog’s nails is also important to keep his paws healthy, so trim them regularly, using special dog clippers so you don’t hurt your pooch. If you don’t know how to trim your dog’s nails properly, then the best solution would be to take him to a professional who will do it without hurting your four-pawed friend.

Finally, brush your dog’s teeth 3 to 4 times a week to keep his mouth healthy and smell-free (well, as smell-free as a dog’s mouth could be, honestly). You can either use special toothpaste purchased from internet or pet stores or make your own dog DIY toothpaste (which is a cheaper and easier solution, and it’s organic!).

With a good grooming routine, your Black Mouth Cur will always look his best. This dog is a handsome fella, so make sure to keep him looking handsome!

How is the Black Mouth Cur’s temperament?

Black Mouth Cur in the outdoors

Isn’t he just majestic?

Because the Black Mouth Cur has been mostly bred for herding and hunting, this dog is tenacious, brave, intelligent, and most importantly, fearless. If you are looking for a hunting dog, then this is definitely the perfect breed for you. The Black Mouth Cur is relentless, and he will follow his pray all the way, up until he gets his teeth on it.

Because of his strong hunting instincts, the Black Mouth Cur is extremely territorial, brave, and remarkably smart. And, because he is instinctively a hunter, you will not have to train your Black mouth Cur to be one. It will come to him naturally, at the early age of six months. Extremely proud, the Black Mouth Cur isn’t the kind of dog who walks briskly. Instead, you will see him with his head high, either walking at a speedy pace or full-on running like the champion he is.

But the Black Mouth Cur isn’t just a hunter, he is also a herder, and an amazing one at that. He works extremely well with cattle and all sorts of other farm animals. When he is properly fed, this beautiful breed can work for several hours without even one small break.

Apart from his herding and hunting abilities, the Black Mouth Cur is also the perfect family dog. But, if and only if you train him to be so from a very young age. His loyalty, playfulness, and protectiveness make him a great candidate to be a good companion. But, you will need to train him to respect you and see you as the leader of his pack.

The Black Mouth Cur is also a dog who needs attention, time and care from his owners. If you leave him alone for too long, he will get depressed, develop separation anxiety, and naturally, become destructive. The same happens if you don’t exercise your pooch enough. He needs regular walks and playtime, so make sure that you’d have time to do all of this before adopting one of these majestic dogs.

Does the Black Mouth Cur get along with children and other pets?

If you start your Black Mouth Cur's training and socialization early, your dog will definitely be friendly to other pets. This is more than necessary because the Black Mouth Cur can be extremely territorial and respond with aggressivity, especially when he meets other dogs. It is the same with strangers or people he doesn’t know, especially if your Black Mouth Cur senses threat coming from them.

Usually, if a puppy Black Mouth Cur grows up in a house with other dogs, he will be fine with them. But, because of his high drive and excess of energy, making him live with smaller pets (such as cats or hamsters) is a recipe for disaster.

The Black Mouth Cur always craves human companionship and interaction, so he is great with families and kids. But, because he is a hunter, he sometimes plays rough with children, and this can be dangerous if one of your kids is still small.

So, if you have children as well as a Black Mouth Cur, make sure to always supervise the interactions between them. Training your dog to be gentle around children is important. But the responsibility should not just fall on the pet, part of it should fall on the kids as well. So, make sure to teach your children how to interact properly with a dog, so none of the two parties gets into an unfortunate accident.

How to train and socialize your Black Mouth Cur?

Adult Black Mouth Cur in a forest

The Black Mouth Cur is a strong, smart dog.

Credit: ​Greg Hume via​

The Black Mouth Cur is an extremely smart and intelligent breed that has the ability to figure out what to do to please its owner. But, this doesn’t mean that the Black Mouth Cur is easy to train. He can be quite stubborn and he has the personality of a pack leader, so you will have to, as we say, show him who’s the boss (or the pawss, if, like me, you enjoy cheesy puns).

As I always recommend, it is better to start training your dog quite early in his life. This way, you will ensure that he will be loyal and obedient. Also, keep in mind that this dog is part of the working dog breed, so he needs some kind of job or activity to do throughout the day.

The Black Mouth Cur learns commands quickly, thanks to his high intelligence. But, you will have to be consistent with your training. This dog easily gets bored, so you will also have to keep the training sessions short and fun so you wouldn’t lose his attention.

The Black Mouth Cur doesn’t respond well to harsh training, so positive reinforcement, treats, games, and praises are the way to go. And, if you are a first-time dog owner, it would be better to take your Black Mouth Cur to training classes instead.

How much exercise does this breed need?

As you know, the Black Mouth Cur is bred for diverse purposes, from hunting to herding to just being a companion. This means that your pooch will need to stay extremely active if you don’t want him to get bored and become destructive. Two or three long walks every single day are a must, as well as playtime. Catch, Frisbee, and fetching games are the best for this breed, so be sure to make time for your best friend.

This dog needs a lot of space, so you will need to have quite a large backyard or a garden in your house. If you own a small apartment, it would be better to adopt another breed of dogs.

What about his diet?

happy Black Mouth Cur smiling

Look at how happy this doggo is!


Because the Black Mouth Cur is very active and full of energy, he needs quite a big amount of food. You need to feed your best friend “large breed” dog food. 3 or 4 cups of high-quality, dry dog food are the way to go. You can divide this amount into 2 or 3 feedings a day.

Adding healthy snacks and treats, such as fruits and vegetables, is also good for this breed. All in all, you will need to keep him well-fed and active to avoid health issues such as obesity. The Black Mouth Cur is definitely not a lazy dog, but if you overfeed him, he's definitely going to get fat.

What health issues should you be aware of?

black mouth cur

Because he is a pure breed, the Black Mouth Fur has a bigger chance of suffering from inherited health issues. This dog is still healthier than most other large dog breeds though, and his life expectancy is higher: he can live up to 16 years.

Still, there are some health issues that you will need to look out for. Here is a list of them:

All in all, if you take care of your Black Mouth Cur well, have him on a healthy diet, and don’t skip his visits to the vet, he will live longer than most other breeds.

How much does a Black Mouth Cur cost?

Usually, a Black Cur pup will cost you between 300$ and 500$.


The Black Mouth Cur is one of the most impressive dogs out there. Loyal, strong, and brave, he is perfect for someone who needs a guard dog or a hunting dog. If you give him attention and care, your Black Mouth Cur will definitely repay you with lots and lots of love!

About the Author Houda Laabadi

A dog lover!

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