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Black Mouth Cur

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Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Cur (aka Southern Cur or Yellow Black Mouth Cur) is an extremely muscular, sturdy and rugged dog. The head is large and the muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull with a definite stop. This breed has a distinctive black muzzle and black around the eyes. Some are born with this coloring. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The nose is broad and is black, red or brown depending on the coat color. The eyes are medium to large, wide set and may be green, yellow or brown. The ears are medium in length, wide at the base and hangs downward. The neck is slightly arched, strong and very well-muscled. The forelegs are straight with large, round bones and the hindquarters are strong and muscular. The moderate feet have large and tough pads. The toes may be webbed. The tail is set low, may be any length and may have smooth or slightly feathering. The coat comes in all shades of red, yellow, fawn, black, brown or brindle; with or without a black muzzle or mask.

Temperament The Black Mouth Cur is a fast and hard hunter. These silent trailers find their game using their eyes, ears and nose. For people who hunt, no other dog will do. This breed combines tenacity and courage with a strong desire to work. They are very loyal and protective of their family and some say that they will object to parents disciplining their own children. They are especially affectionate to women and children and will normally not allow strange men to pet or touch them. You should never strike or spank during the training process. This would be counter-productive. This breed is also very voice sensitive. This intelligent breed is loyal to their family, sometimes giving their lives to protect them. Begin training your BM Cur puppy as soon as you get them home and only use short training sessions. The working dog should not be trusted with non-canine pets.
Height, Weight Height: 16-25" ; Weight: 45-95 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known breed specific health problems.
Living Conditions The Black Mouth Cur is not a good choice for apartment living.
Exercise This breed requires a great deal of daily exercise. These intelligent dogs need much more than a daily walk. They are very physical and need plenty of room to run. They would do best with a large yard to protect. They make excellent jogging companions. Lack of proper exercise can cause a variety of behavior problems.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed has a short, thick coat that is easy to groom. Brush occasionally with a rubber brush and bathe when necessary. Check the ear canal and remove excess hair and keep toenails trimmed.
Origin Some claim that the Black Mouth Cur originated in the mountains of Tennessee while others believe the breed originated in Mississippi. It is known that the BM Cur was used widely by early American settlers as working dogs. As Americans moved west, they took their Cur with them to serve as hunting dogs and as family guardians. They are used throughout the southern area of the USA. This breed is recognized by the CKC, NKC, UKC and ACR.
Group Scenthound