57 Responses to Black Mouth Cur

  1. Kathy says:

    We just adopted a BMC from a shelter in South Florida. Apparently he was abandoned in the everglades, which, sadly, is not uncommon. My questions are
    1. He doesn’t seem to be house trained! He has many accidents in the house ( floors, walls…) I don’t think It’s just marking. It’s a Lol of urine!!
    2. He sticks to me like glue and scoots over to my side of the bed until I’m waking up clinging to the edge. I hate to kick him out of our bed, especially since our other dog, a Bischon,, sleeps wherever my husband is. He acts like a shadow, and I think of him as needy and starved for attention.

  2. denise schump says:

    Hi, I rescued a dog from Bounce rescue and they believed that the puppy was lab and red healer. I wasn’t convinced so I had my dog’s dn done and the results say that he is 33% Stratton shire terrier and 17% lab. The other 50% is a mixed breed. He is the best dog ever. He stays in the yard. He loves to play at the dog park. He likes walks and he is really great on a leash. I can take him into stores and they think that he is a service dog. Buddy swims like a fish, which I think might be his lab. but people often tell me he looks like a black mouth cur. I looked it up and he has a lot of characteristics. Could that be from the 50% mixed breed?

  3. Samuel iztueta says:

    I’m interested in the black mouth puppy,please send me an application and adoption fees. Thanks.

  4. Teresa McCaw says:

    I have a black mouth curr terrier mix,she was a Xmas gift from my daughter.she is an inside dog,red in color with a black mouth,very smart,loving & playful,a great companion for me ,I am a widow with grown children I live in the south ,Birdie is her name ,in time I plan on getting a pure breed BMC male .I love this breed.teresa from mississippi

  5. Walshy says:

    We live in Massachusetts and rescued a dog that came from Tennessee. We were told it was a boxer mix. So many people would comment on how good looking she was and wanted to know what kind of dog she was. We thought she was a mutt. But one day at our veterinary office we encountered a dog which was exactly like our dog Jasmine. After talking to that dogs owner we discovered that they rescued their dog from Tennessee and that they were told it was a boxer mix. They told us that these dogs were Black Mouth Curs which were very poplar down south. We were glad to hear that Jasmine was not a mutt. She is such a special dog. Loving, loyal,playful and smart. She is a small female about 52lbs. But very strong. Has all the markings of a yellow BMC. Loves to chase squirrels.

    • Mary M. says:

      I rescued a puppy from Georgia 8 years ago. I’d had him only a month when a neighbor’s lab came into my pasture and started to attack me. My labx stood there barking. Luckily my 40 pound puppy charged at the 100+ pound lab, baying at the top of his lungs, and ran him off. He even already understood the stone wall was the property line! Nobody here in Maine had a clue as to his breed. I only found out a few months ago from a vet that moved here from NJ that he’s a blackmouth cur. He looks and acts just like the description. Loves to herd the horses. Velcro dog follows me all day while I do chores. Napping by my feet right now…

    • Susan Dornan says:

      Hi Walshy;

      We get Black Mouth Curs at our rescue in MS all the time–typically they are mixes because no one spays or neuters in many parts of the south, and they let them run around. These dogs would technically be “mutts” because inter-breeding is common (like, a Catahoula with a Black Cur – not inbreeding).

      I’m very much a mutt advocate…purebreds can be congenitally predisposed towards medical and some behavioral challenges. I’m curious as to why you would be glad that your dog is not a mutt:

      “We were glad to hear that Jasmine was not a mutt”.

      When you adopted her, you were told that she was a boxer mix which is…a mutt.

      I mean absolutely no disrespect, and I would never challenge someone who adopted and loves a rescue pup, so please do not think I’m being combative! Thank you so much, good luck with sweet Jasmine.

  6. Cam miller-kozik says:

    How are Cur pups with cats

    • Krista Orsie says:

      We have 8 children 2 cats and 3 bunnies that are litter trained and our cur is AMAZING with other animals! I wouldnt have another breed around my children. She is the best dog

    • Debbie says:

      Mine is great with my old cat. The sensitive nature makes them aware of anxiety in other animals.

  7. veronica says:

    I have a Black Mouth Cur that we adopted about a month ago and she appears to have been abused. She has a disdain for men but my husband really tries to get her to trust and bond with him. Also, we have a large yard with lots of trees and a walk trail with a creek however the yard is not fenced in. We allowed her to go outside to get some exercise and we could not get her back to us for two days. One reason was that she do like men and another reason was she was happy to have all that area to play in. We were so afraid that we would not get her back but she came back but we do not want that to happen again so we have purchased a wireless fence. We have not used it yet because we do not want to use it too soon because of her separation anxiety and she was in a shelter for a while. We really want her to have access to the yard when we are home but cannot risk her run through the woods for 2 days. Any suggestions regarding the wireless fence.

    • admin says:

      Hi!
      You need to consider few things before installing a wireless fence system. Firstly, you got to have a secure neighborhood free from feral dogs or wildlife. Secondly, having large trees in the yard would not help since dense objects might disrupt the signal between your dog’s collar and the fence base. Moreover, BMCs have high prey drive and are likely to ignore low to mid-level collar signals. Select higher levels of correction if you want to match up with their strong roaming instinct. Finally, a dog that has been trained to respond to positive reinforcement and clicker is better-suited to wireless containment systems.

      • veronica says:

        thank you!

        • Susan Dornan says:

          Hi Veronica;

          I wanted to expand on the wise comment the admin left regarding feral dogs and wildlife (coyotes, bears, etc.) The reason is…that animal can come into the invisibly fenced area…but your dog can’t get out, thus putting them in danger. I know that fencing can be very expensive, so perhaps that’s not viable for you. I just wanted to add that bit of information. Thank you and good luck with your beautiful dog!

      • Kevin Fuelling says:

        Our Cur is about 10 months old and we installed an invisible fence. During the training period, we had to have the collar turned up several times as he is very stubborn. It finally registered with him and he is very respectable about the fence, wont try to go outside of it even to chase rabbits or play with the kids next door. Highly recommend!

  8. Courtney says:

    I adopted Cassie from a local rescue. She was shot in the hind leg while pregnant and the local rescue, rescued her from the shelter. Unfortunately her leg could not be saved. She runs just as fast. She is red and her nose isn’t pointed. She is about 2 1/2 years old and beautiful. Everything I read about them is totally her. She loves to be outside to sunbathe and loves to sit in a window. She loves car rides and she is a social butterfly. She wants to meet everyone when we are on walks. She has the sweetest disposition that any dog could have and lets kids love and hang all over her. I can walk in the room and my friends little boy is sleeping halfway on her with his hands wrapped around her. She is 50 pounds and thinks she is a lap dog. I do have to keep horns and kongs to keep her busy if she is inside and she loves her toys. She is so bored right now because she is going through heart worm treatment and I have to keep her calm. Try keeping a Black Mouth Cur calm. She pouts. I am so lucky to have such a good dog and would love another one just like her.

    • John says:

      Ha, I just rescued one. A male puppy. Where do you live?

    • Toby Strumpf says:

      3 weeks ago, I adopted what I thought was a lab/shepherd mix. Well after seeing these photos and reading about their personality and temperment, I am convinced that my dog is a Black Mouth Cur, maybe with lab. Who knows? This dog, Beau is about 3 years old and such a love bug! He just wants love and attention. Dont know his past, but cant imagine someone not loving this guy. Had my grandchildren (3 & 1 over and he was great with them. Beau too is going through heartworm treatment and it is difficult keeping him calm. Can’t wait until he can run and play and really be himself.
      Sounds like your dog is doing great! Hang in there with the heartworm treatment.

      • Courtney says:

        Oh she is back to her normal self. She got through it like a trooper. It was nothing we did for her to catch but she is now on the shot to make sure she never gets again.

  9. Melanie says:

    I have had a rescue dog for a little over 4 years now. He looks an awful lot lut some of these pics, just mayne not as much muscle as some. He acts like a lot of what i am reading here, but the vets think he is German Shepherd mixed with Lab or Boxer. I see the Boxer possibility but act more like what I am reading here. Up until about 1 year old, we were able to go to the dog park about 5 times a week with no issue,or her wohld get a short walk on the few off days then all of a sudden he started picking fights with random dogs, for seemingly no reason so we had to give the dog park up. I know he no longer gets enough excercise, and he has become afraid of literally just about anything he does not know what it is. The walks have also shortened due to the number of dogs the people let run loose around me, and he hets aggressive if they try to approach us. All this poor dog has is me. I have no idea what to do to help him to have a more enjoyable existence outside of his love for me and mine for him. Suggestions??

    • Rachael says:

      We have the same issue with Jay, our rescue. He attacks other dogs for no reason, but absolutely LOVES people. We go for long morning runs; not many people and much easier to distract while running. My husband isn’t a runner so he takes Jay with the bike. Hope this helps!

  10. Lisa says:

    I am rescuing a black mouth Cur mix from our local animal shelter, she is 11 months old. After a week or so of bonding I would like to take her to the local dog park. Does this breed interact and socialize well with other dogs? I also plan on taking her to obedience classes. I live alone so majority of her time will be spent with me. I don’t want that to become a issue for her later in life. Thoughts on this? My father said he did some research that says the dog is not good with children and is aggresive with other animals. I have read the opposite.

    • Brian says:

      My BMC lab mix is amazing with my nephews 9 and 12 and niece 7. Very very playful though and can knock them over or get a little excited and put his mouth on them, but never bites down or draws blood, just a sweet playful guy. You NEED to exercise them though. Lots and lots of exercise and play.

    • Kevin Fuelling says:

      My 11 month old Cur LOVES to play with other dogs, all dogs! And loves kids, but he can be a little rambunctious (sp?) with smaller kids. But he loves to play, fetch, Frisbee catch, you name it, he will do it.

  11. Edwin G says:

    We got our BMC when she was 8 weeks old. Had several dogs before but this is by far the best breed. Smart, fast learners, protective and active.
    Kiki loves to right the car to the park where she’s like to chase squirrels.

  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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    • Cara says:

      Wow! Us too! You just described our rescue down to his curly tail and spotted tongue. Could not tell what he was at all. His litter was orphaned and we took one to help out, he was not even 2 weeks old. I am fairly certain he is a black mouth cur at this point, ran into a puppy who looked exactly as he did at that age and started asking questions. After 2 years it is so nice to finally know!

  19. 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.

        • Susan Dornan says:

          Sadly, I have to agree with RSoames. The best possible thing for your dog, AND your grandmother, is to help him find a home that can provide the exercise and engagement that his breed needs. Some things can’t be “trained out of” a dog (meaning, his need for these things), because it’s so organic–it’s part of the breed characteristic, not a behavior that it’s developed based on environment.

          Please do NOT just turn him over to a shelter. Depending on where you are, euthanasia in a shelter is not out of the question, especially for a very large dog. I recommend that you pursue breed-specific rescue (NOT shelter)that can help you, unless you are very familiar with someone who expresses interest in adopting him. Also…please do NOT advertise in your local paper and NEVER on Craig List. You have no idea who a respondent may be, and what they’ll do with that dog.

          Sorry to be so vehement…I volunteer for a rescue that pulls dogs from kill shelters in the south to bet and rehome then in Wisconsin. I unfortunately know what I’m talking about.

          I hope things turn out well for you and your dog!

    • 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?

      • Aaron Rosenberg says:

        Well i have a 1yr old female cur who seems to have the same problem. From what it looks like, i believe the problem has to do with the physical appearance of the person or even objects, as in my case. If a person is wearing a costume, walking with crutches, in a wheelchair, walking with a cane, has a physical deformity, or simply just very old and slow, my female will growl, bark, and lunge at them. With discipline and constant disapproval everytime our cur (Emma) displayed that behavior, she has greatly improved. Now a days she is much better behaved. She just turned 1 a few weeks ago and seems to be more independent and making better decisions without our(my wife and i) constant supervision. Curs are extremely smart dogs and will learn quickly if you stick to your guns. But from time to time Emma will still lunge at strangers if their appearance frightens her. Hopefully the progress she has made continues until the problem is gone completely. I’m sure it will. I’ve had dogs around me for 37yrs. so I’m pretty good with judging dogs and their behaviours. So i recommend giving your cur a very negative response,(whatever that may be for you and your dog) whenever he displays growling or lunging at grandma. Remember YOU run your house. NOT your dogs. If your dog has to spend a little more time them average in a kennel, then so be it. Don’t make any excuses for your dogs negative behaviours. Nip them in the bud immediately or they will just get worse.

    • 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.

    • Aaron Rosenberg says:

      Well i

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. Kelly says:

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

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