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Intro / Overview
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The Black Mouth Cur is an energetic and playful dog that will capture your attention, keeping you safe and pulling on your heartstrings with their sensitive, loving natures. Black Mouth Curs are a great choice for a family pet or to serve as the perfect best friend for the right person. They’re active, loyal and friendly, but if you’re considering adopting a Black Mouth Cur, there are some things you need to know first. Starting with their energy levels - these dogs are not loungers, especially as puppies. You’ll need your own stock of energy to keep up with these dogs, who will soon become your favorite active buddy.
Here’s a guide to the Black Mouth Cur so you can get to know the ins and outs of this sweet and loving dog.
Also Known As...
Southern Cur. Yellow Black Mouth.
The Black Mouth Cur itself is unique to the United States, but owes its lineage to European and Asian cur dogs. These were brought over as farm dogs to what are now Florida and Texas to work as farm dogs in the region. They were brought to the U.S. to hunt and guard farms from predators, as well as to herd livestock on farmland.
The European and Asian cur dogs were then crossbred with other dogs such as English Mastiffs, although breeding history is still a bit murky. Either way, over time these dogs came into their current form as great guard dogs and family companions, herding animals on farms and becoming part of many families.
Black Mouth Curs range in size from 16 to 25 inches tall for both males and females.
Both male and female Black Mouth Curs weigh around 35 to 40 pounds as adults.
Black Mouth Curs are known for their energy, loyalty and capacity to love an individual or a family. They’re loyal and friendly, ready to keep your house safe from predators. Black Mouth Curs are sensitive dogs, which means they’ll pick up on your emotional cues and should be shown plenty of affection.
They’re also high-energy dogs that love to play with members of their pack. Remember that Black Mouth Curs were bred to be work dogs, which means they need plenty of playtime and love to get out their energy outside. These dogs are also intelligent, which makes for a great training experience with the right owner who’s up for a smart dog with a love of outdoor activities.
Intelligence / Trainability
Black Mouth Curs are intelligent dogs, which means you can have great success training them. It also means they can outsmart you once in a while. It’s hardly the worst thing and may make for some entertaining moments like stealing your seat on the couch, but with some good, positive efforts, you can train them well.
Best Training Techniques For Black Mouth Curs
Black Mouth Curs will learn quickly and can complete more complex tricks to earn those treats you have waiting for them. They’re sensitive creatures, so they respond best to positive reinforcement. They don’t respond well to reprimands, on the other hand, and will pick up on your emotions, especially when you’re frustrated with them. It’s best to use positivity and praise with a Black Mouth Cur, and make sure you reward them with both treats and love.
As high-energy dogs, Black Mouth Curs need plenty of time to play and exercise. They’re better suited for homes with yards and outdoor space rather than city apartments. Black Mouth Curs love space to run around and play fetch with their owners, as well as spaces where they can entertain themselves for a while, such as in a yard they can access freely.
Black Mouth Curs always appreciate a nice long walk, but be cautious if you’re thinking about training your dog to walk alongside you off leash. Black Mouth Curs were bred to protect farms from predators and herd animals, so they have a tendency to roam after any potential prey, which doesn’t make them ideal off-leash dogs.
Good For Families And Kids?
Once you’ve trained your Black Mouth Cur to refrain from jumping on small children out of excitement, these dogs can be great with families and kids. They’re ideal companions for active families that love to be outside, and make great playmates for kids. At the end of the day both kids and a Black Mouth Cur may be worn out from trying to out-play the other. Bring your Black Mouth Cur on a hike, to the beach or on a jog and they’ll be a happy pup.
Black Mouth Curs live an average of 12 to 18 years.
Black Mouth Curs are generally healthy dogs with a long lifespan. However, every dog breed is susceptible to some health problems, and Black Mouth Curs are no exception. These dogs are prone to ear infections, so it’s important to regularly inspect your dog’s ears, especially if they spend any time in the water.
Some Black Mouth Curs are also prone to hip dysplasia, especially as they grow older.
Black Mouth Curs are high-energy dogs. If you get a Black Mouth Cur, get ready to play, go on long walks and to spend plenty of time outside.
Friendly With...(Dogs? Strangers? Cats/Other Pets?)
Black Mouth Curs are friendly dogs, especially with humans. No matter how friendly, however, it’s important to socialize your dog so they don’t see every new human as a potential threat. They’re medium-sized dogs, so a loud bark or jump may come off as physically threatening to strangers.
These dogs are not typically reactive, and so htey tend to do well around other dogs. Again, proper socialization is key. While generally friendly with humans and other dogs, Black Mouth Curs may not appreciate to cats and other pets. They were bred to hunt and guard farms, so their instincts to chase other creatures is still present.
Coat & Grooming
No need to get to the groomer often when you have a Black Mouth Cur. These are short-haired dogs and shed an average amount, so you’ll need to give them a good brushing a couple of times a week during shedding season. They need baths infrequently, as bathing them too much can cause their skin to dry out. Every couple of months is plenty, unless they’ve gotten muddy or been in the water.
As with any dog, you’ll also need to trim their nails regularly, and as they are prone to problems with their ears, make sure you keep an eye out for any ear problems and ask a groomer to take a closer look at their ears.
Toys Black Mouth Curs Would Like Best
Prepare yourself for many games of fetch when you bring home a Black Mouth Cur. These animals love to run and play, so you can’t go wrong with a classic Fetch Toy. You can also play with some Tug Toys to help them release their energy, whether indoors our outdoors.
Recommended Diet Or Supplements
Feeding your Cur (or any dog) the freshest whole food diet you can afford (trying to eliminate fillers, grains, or inflammatory proteins such as chicken), can go a long way to decrease health issues and increase longevity.
Since Black Mouth Curs are prone to hip dysplasia in their later years, you may want to consider incorporating a joint supplement into their diet to help them keep their joints in good shape. A fish oil supplement might be a good idea, too.
This supplement is veterinarian-formulated, made with all natural ingredients (glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), and comes in the form of 150 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help your canine companion with their hip and joint issues. ($32.99.)
These delicious, vet-formulated chews are made with all-natural ingredients including Omega 3, 6, 9, and Vitamin E. They are designed to support immune health, provide relief from itchy allergic skin, and promote a healthy coat. ($19.99)
For Black Mouth Curs with joint issues - or any dog who just loves to lie around! - a nice comfortable bed with orthopedic support is probably a good idea.
This ultra plush orthopedic dog bed provides support for even the most active of dogs! The combination ergonomic memory foam and gel foam relieves pressure points, and helps ease body aches caused by hip dysplasia, arthritis and other orthopedic issues. ($27.99-64.99.)
Notable Instagram Black Mouth Curs
Dodger is a rescued Cur and very good boy living it up in Utah.
Dozer the Black Mouth Cur is a well-loved dog. He spends his time playing in Florida, where he lives, as well as chomping on treats and taking luxurious naps.
Check out Sugar as she cuddles on the couch, runs around on the beach and plays in the woods.
Bailey is ready for anything, as long as it revolves around time outside and nice long hikes.
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Featured image via Dodger_the_cur/Instagram