The Black Mouth Cur is an all purpose working dog, especially a hunter and cattle dog. It is known for its strong ability to work tirelessly, protective nature, herding and cattle drive besides remarkable hunting abilities. This is a sturdy build dog to work on rugged terrain with full enthusiasm and zeal, an excellent hunting companion able to handle a wide range of prey size with fearless attitude. Nose sensitivity is high to work for search and rescue of missing persons during natural disasters. This breed is challenging for new owners as it needs powerful leadership and healthy amount of exercise on regular basis for their physical and mental stimulation and satisfaction. This breed is protective with curious attitude toward strangers while affectionate and mild when interacting with children. They get along with other pets including dogs quite well if all of the pet are grown together.
With an impressive look, the Black Mouth Cur is strong and sturdy-build dogs owning powerful legs and muscles. They come in two varieties of coats; both of these varieties can be from one litter. Its most distinguished feature is its dark black muzzle, the element after which this breed is named. Deep chest with slim cylinder of body, medium size ears that hang down and tail of variable length, this breed is longer in length than in height that appears rectangular in proportion.
The history of Black Mouth Cur is quite mysterious, yet believed as the rare breed developed in United States and was used anciently as general purpose working dog. This dog made its way to West when Americans moved; these were used to hunt game and guard families and belongings. They can hunt squirrel, coon, boar and bear with vigorous approach powered by high sensitivity of eyes, nose and ears. This breed has many distinct lines which are named after the kennel or family developed them. This breed is very famous for its appearance, they are called, Blackmouth Cur, Red Black Mouth Cur, Alabama Red Black Mouth Cur, Florida Black Mouth Cur and many other names. This breed holds the importance for being mentioned in novels and films. The Black Mouth Cur is included in Foundation Stock Services by AKC and placed in rare group while UKC registered him in Hounds group.
The breed excels in hunting and found restless for any job outdoors. This is a strong prey driven breed that can chase and hunt boar, squirrel, bear, deer and raccoon. They are able to tree and dispatch small to medium sized quarry but can face challenge with larger game. They are tenacious, eager to lean and sociable but with early socialization. They get along well with other pets including dogs if all of the pets are grown together; they tend to be affectionate and mild-toned when interacting with children. The breed is intelligent, sharp and clever to approach close to the prey without making noise and then suddenly attacks with loud bay transiting from walk to a sprint while on trail.
Being outdoor and hard working dog, they need healthy amount of exercise on regular basis, the best option is to accompany them for hunting tasks, otherwise, plan healthy physical activities including running, jogging, and long walks. The breed is happiest when out at fields not indoors, apartment living is not suggested. This breed is average shedder and easy to groom. Brushing twice a week to remove loose or dead hairs besides occasional baths are enough. Bathing should be minimized to extremely required, as it causes the skin to dry.
Consistency and commitment is mandatory besides high degree of patience during training. They do not like harsh methods of training. Positive reinforcement with rewards in the form of food packages on their remarkable achievements are good motivation techniques. The owner should exercise and demonstrate true leadership and should enforce natural order of the pack in which the dog is always comes after the human being.
Owner Should Know
This breed is generally healthy and strong yet prone to some common health issues including entropion. Being hunter dog, they are subject to injuries, muscles and ligaments issues due to fast movements over rough terrain as well.
They are outdoor dogs, they do not suit to apartment life.
They would require early familiarization with other pets to stay calm and affordable in the house.
They are curious to strangers and will bark when any unauthorized approach is detected, thus forms good guard and watchdogs.
They are good with older children but should be supervised when with young toddlers.
They should not be trusted off leashed, strong prey driven; they can chase and hunt small animals.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.