26 Responses to Black Mouth Cur

  1. Kelly says:

    Old Yeller was played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff mix. In the book Old Yeller was a Black Mouth Cur.

  2. Shirley Arredondo says:

    I rescued a cur mix when it was 7-8 months old. She is wonderful until we put a leash on her and take her to the vet. She wants to see and play with everybody and it is very difficult to control her. Do you have any suggestions?

    • admin says:

      Hello,
      You have not mentioned whether your dog is leash trained. It is important to get your dog accustomed to the leash in the first place. You can also socialize your dog by taking her to different public places (rather than just to the vet) like the pet store, dog-friendly malls, and especially dog parks, where she can easily mix with other dogs and humans, and get to see how the dogs interact with their owners and other people.

    • Ryan says:

      Haha our puppy wants to meet everyone there has been a few people that she is not happy with and gets aggressive we are not sure what she is as we got from a friend who found her

    • Rob says:

      A long, brisk walk before the vet. I have a 4 yo Black Mouth Cur and he’s a completely different animal before and after a good workout.

    • sandy says:

      To get her used to the leash let her wear the leash around the yard for 30 minutes or so then she will begin to realize by selfcorrecting everytime she steps on the leash.

  3. Paige says:

    I have a Catahula and a Black mouth cur mixed stray/mutt.
    I don’t know how old it is all I know is that he is a puppy

  4. Paige says:

    Also he is very excited and very energetic always wants to play. I named him Hurk any ideas how to get him to calm down and not wake me up at 3 in the morning

    • admin says:

      Hi!
      Yes, they are very energetic and always love activities. Let it play as and when he wants. Do not stop him, since a good playtime and lots of activities would keep them balanced mentally and physically. At the same time, playing would burn down their energy and they would naturally need rest at the end of the day, and wouldn’t wake you up at 3 in the morning.

    • Roy says:

      The best answer is to get another one. We have two and they burn a ton of energy on each other.

      You didn’t say how old your pup is. Mine are now 7 months, and until they were about 4 months they also work me up about 3 to let them out to use the bathroom. I think this is because of how much they eat as pups. They grow out of it.

  5. Angela says:

    We have a black mouth cur we found as a puppy. He is a year old now, he has been neutered. We live with my grandmother right now and we have three other little dogs he grew up around. Unfortunately with our living conditions they all spend a lot of time in their cages/kennels inside the house. Lately he has been growling and trying to lunge at my grandmother. He doesn’t do it everytime but she is 83 years old. I don’t know why he is doing this. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.

    • Cizhon says:

      These dogs can’t be left in a kennel like that. If they are locked up too much they will start to have serious anxiety issues and the stress can cause them to lash out or become aggressive. It is understood from your living situation, that he is in a kennel a lot. They are high energy dogs and need to be exercised several hours every day. If you are not able to do this, his quality of life will diminish and his temperament will be affected negatively. Perhaps train him to be outside his kennel, but calm. We have trained ours in a similar fashion. We take him out to the dog park for a brisk playtime for an hour or so 3-4 times per day. When we come home, he is ready to lie down and be lazy. The only time he is kenneled is at night… he knows that as his bed. I hope this helps!

      • RSoames says:

        These dogs absolutely are not suited for spending hours every day in a crate — that’s going to significantly harm the cur’s mental health. If your lifestyle requires that you keep your dogs in kennels, PLEASE rehome your cur to a family that can provide it the proper environment.

    • Tammie says:

      My husband found Anna on a country road 2 years ago. Someone put her out with a cardboard box as her home. Our vet said she had curr in her. We have 2 other small dogs she has bitten before. So when we leave the house Anna stays outside. We have a 1 year old grandbaby. Anna snapped at him. I don’t trust her now. What can we do?

    • Tammie says:

      My husband found Anna on a country road 2 years ago. Someone put her out with a cardboard box as her home. Our vet said she had curr in her. We have 2 other small dogs she has bitten before. So when we leave the house Anna stays outside. We have a 1 year old grandbaby. Anna snapped at him. I don’t trust her now. What can we do? We found her when she was around 6 weeks old I should mention

      • RSoames says:

        Your first duty is to protect the baby, but you should not do so at the expense of the health of your dog. If you’re unable to commit to professional training and the work that comes with it, consider rehoming you dog with someone experienced in aggressive behaviors.

  6. Darlene says:

    Interesting! I have a rescue dog, a mix of some sort, and we thought him to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix of some sort, maybe…possibly mixed with Shar Pei or Chow Chow, but he looks JUST like some of these Black Mouth Curs, with the exception of a curled tail (curls perfectly up over his back), and a few black spots on his tongue.

  7. Megan LaPorte says:

    I am fascinated by these posted. We adopted a South Carolina rescue. That was advertised as a lab mix. And we thought the same as Darlene. That he resembled a Rhodesian ridgeback.
    We think Otis is about 10 months old. He is about 40 pounds. Very energetic and chews all the time. Not destructively but constantly. Tennis balls done in 5 minutes. Pops basketballs and footballs. Only chews the toys and knotted socks we give him. Thankfully no shoes or furniture.
    His personality is very much as described. Just love him. Does not play fetch because he has to chew whatever I bring out to play. But will find a deer bone and bring it to me and drop it at my feet when I tell him to. Very smart and trainable. We used a training collar to teach him the boarders of our yard at home and at the lake with great success.
    He barks and nips at us when he has to go out to the bathroom. Which is good and annoying. And he has to have my undecided attention for at least 30 minutes when I come home from work. He will pull at my skirt if I am distracted.
    We do crate home for the day with a lunch break. He sleeps upstairs but not in our bedrooms. At the top of the stairs. His choice. And he does not like to cuddle. Or give kisses. I originally thought that was just because he was a rescue but am wondering if is a part of the breed.

  8. Wyoming says:

    Yes mine needs to run aboutan hour to get tired about ten miles. I will occasioally use a walking harness. Or just loop a leash under the ribcage behind the front legs. For a little more control when needed. A retractable leash is helpful. Recommend social time at dog park. And at store visits where permitted.

  9. sandy says:

    I just found out that .y rescue is a blk mth cur. He was 95 lbs when I got him now he is 117. They said he was a 1 1/2 2 yrs ago. He does love to play and destroy certain toys. Unfortunately he was not socialized but he gets along with little dogs . He is fixed but very territorial. He has a great judge of character. Barks and almost lundges over our fence at certain people who walk by.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I have a black mouth cut that was socialized and does what yours does when people walk by. Not all people just certain ones like ones on bikes, etc. I think it’s just their protective nature

  10. Anne Aalbue says:

    I have a rescued black mouth cur pit mix. He is a CGC, and pet partner therapy dog. He has an incredible temperament and very sensitive and affectionate. Very trainable, and eager to learn.
    I’ve had him since he was 2. He is 6.5. He was very easy to train. This is a great mix of dog!

  11. Ferkel says:

    We rescued Boadie, our Black Mouth Cur almost 5 yrs ago. He’s EXTREMELY loving and VERY protective of our family. He’s about 105 lbs and plays great with our Japanese Chin dog Harley who is only 20lbs. Boadie is really smart, loves attention and has been an amazing companion! Def a great breed!

  12. RSoames says:

    We’ve had our BMC since she was rescued from a breeder at 10 weeks, and she’s now 20 months old. Extremely intelligent, extremely sensitive, and by far the most active dog we’ve ever had: it’s almost impossible to tire her out.

    BMCs are best when they’re rarely left alone, when they’re occupied throughout the day with activities, interaction, and tasks, and they should not spend excess time in kennels. If you’re looking for a dog that can hang-out alone for 8+ hours while you’re at work, this is not the dog for you. These dogs need a lot of stimulation and exercise, and they’re highly social (and must be well socialized as puppies to avoid negative behavior).

    BMCs are wonderful, amazing dogs, but they’re not for everyone. This is the dog for people who want to interact with their dogs constantly, not for people looking for a mellow lap dog to hang-out with in the evenings and weekends.

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