Originating in South Eastern USA, the medium-size hunting and guard dog Black Mouth Cur is a breed of companion dogs that would do anything for its master. With their broad chest, square muzzle, low-hanging ears, the coat color of their same-litter siblings might appear in varied colors, born with big webbed feet like the Catahoulas. The puppies can be born with a long to short, or even docked, tail.
|Other Names||Southern Cur, Yellow Black Mouth Cur, Red Black Mouth Cur, Southern Black Mouth Cur, Black-mouthed Cur, American Black Mouth Cur|
|Coat||Hard to soft, medium, short|
|Color||Red, fawn, brown, brindle, yellow, buckskinned (combined with white)|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound, cur, working dog|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Weight||50 to 100 pounds|
|Height/Size||Medium; 16 to 25 inches|
|Temperament||Committed, affectionate, dependable , kind-hearted, protective|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Barking||Moderate, prolonged bays|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Litter Size||4-10 puppies|
|Health Concerns||Dysplasia, eye diseases, epilepsy|
|Competitive Registration||ABMCBA, CKC, NKC, SBMCBA, FBMCBO Inc., NSBMCBA, UKC, APRI, ACR, DRA|
These old American inhabitants have their origin debated to be either hailing from the Tennessee Mountains, or else, the Mississippi regions. Although never trained as retrievers, these herding hunters would move from place to place with their masters, hunting down rats, raccoons, squirrels, and even bears and boars.
If trained from puppy days, this cur would make a great family dog and go well with children and other dogs/pets. However, with their old guard dog instinct of protecting the master from intruders and perils, they are naturally territorial. By virtue of their loyalty and courage, this intelligent and kind dog is ready to even die for his owner, and love to live with him rather than in kennels. This breed also loves flock guarding, especially for horses, and are ready to act as guard dogs from a tender age of 6 months.
Prior to training your Black Mouth Cur, allow it to bond well with you for which it might take a few weeks. Be firm yet gentle while training your pet as these sensitive dogs are unable to withstand yelling and spanking, but can pick up things very easily owing to their smart nature. It is even essential to keep the training sessions short as this breed tends to get bored easily and are not comfortable with repetitive activities.
Socialise them from an early age by exposing them to varied experiences, different kinds of noises as well as people of varying traits. Occasionally arrange for puppy parties so that your pet gets exposure to other canines and learns to interact as well as play with them. However, even when it is social enough, it is recommended not to leave your Black Mouth Cur with non canine pets, owing to its high preying instincts.
You can impart agility training to these intelligent dogs. Make sure by then they are able to take simple commands such as ” Come”, ” Stop”, “Stay”, Lie and so on. After this you can teach them jumping through tires or hurdles, walking over the teeter board or even crawling through tunnels. Do not forget to reward him with praises and treats every time he achieves his goal.
The diet chart and the quantity of everyday food for the black mouth curs is the same like other curs of the same size. However, a good quality dry dog food is also recommended. Divide the meal into two equal halves for two main meals.