Energetic, fearless, and strong, the Black Mouth Cur is valued as an all-around working dog bred to help farmers and hunters in the rugged terrain of the southeastern United States. The breed can herd livestock, protect the home, and track game, though they also has a sensitive side that doesn’t respond well to harsh rebukes or punishment. The Black Mouth Cur loves being around humans and family and is great with children. Although, their high exercise needs make this breed a poor choice for novice owners or those who can’t keep up with a demanding energy level, and their tendency to play rough may not be best for very young children. Black Mouth Curs mostly live in the United States and are a bit rare in other parts of the world. If you want to bring home one of these strong-yet-sensitive, energetic, family-friendly dogs, check out our adoption page where you can search for dogs near you by breed.

Watch and learn about Black Mouth Cur dog’s key characteristics:

Key Vitals of Black Mouth Cur Dog
Name Dog Breed Group Height Weight Life Span
Black Mouth Cur Dog Working Dogs 16 to 25 inches 40 to 95 pounds 12 to 18 years

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability:

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Adaptability. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Adaptability parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 1 out of 5 in Adaptibility in living in apartment. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored low and is not suitable in Adaptibility in living in apartment parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 2 out of 5 in Good For Novice Owners. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored low and is not suitable in Good For Novice Owners parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Sensitivity Level. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Sensitivity Level parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 2 out of 5 in Tolerates Being Alone. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored low and is not suitable in Tolerates Being Alone parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Cold Weather. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Cold Weather parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Tolerates Hot Weather. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Tolerates Hot Weather parameter.

All Around Friendliness:

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in All Around Friendliness. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in All Around Friendliness parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 5 out of 5 in Affectionate with Family. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Affectionate with Family parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 5 out of 5 in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Dog. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Dog parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Friendly Toward Strangers. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Friendly Toward Strangers parameter.

Health Grooming:

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Health Grooming. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Health Grooming parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Amount Of Shedding. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Amount Of Shedding parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 2 out of 5 in Drooling Potential. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored low and is not suitable in Drooling Potential parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 5 out of 5 in Easy To Groom. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Groom parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in General Health. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in General Health parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 2 out of 5 in Potential For Weight Gain. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored low and is not suitable in Potential For Weight Gain parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Size. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Size parameter.

Trainability:

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Trainability. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Trainability parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Easy To Train. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Easy To Train parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Intelligence. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Intelligence parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Potential For Mouthiness. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Mouthiness parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 5 out of 5 in Prey Drive. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Prey Drive parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Tendency To Bark Or Howl. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Tendency To Bark Or Howl parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Wanderlust Potential. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Wanderlust Potential parameter.

Exercise Needs:

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Energy Level. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Energy Level parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 3 out of 5 in Intensity. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Intensity parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 5 out of 5 in Exercise Needs. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Exercise Needs parameter.

Black Mouth Cur is rated 4 out of 5 in Potential For Playfulness. This means Black Mouth Cur has scored high and is suitable in Potential For Playfulness parameter.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group

Working Dogs

Height

16 to 25 inches

Weight

40 to 95 pounds

Life Span

12 to 18 years

Highlights

This is a working dog who’s comfortable as a hunting companion, a livestock herder, and a home protector.Black Mouth Curs have minimal grooming needs and shed moderately. One brushing per week should get the job done.The breed is incredibly loyal to their human family, especially children, though their tendency to play rough may make them ill suited for very young children.There are several different breeders of Black Mouth Curs who may produce differences in size, coat, and personality traits.Black Mouth Curs require a trainer who is able to maintain a firm hand, but these dogs are highly sensitive and do not respond to harsh rebukes. Training sessions should be thorough and productive, yet short enough to keep the dog’s attention. This breed is not the best choice for inexperienced owners.The Black Mouth Cur is energetic and requires a yard to run and burn off energy, as well as a bare minimum of one long walk per day. Anything less may result in boredom and destructive behavior. Black Mouth Curs are not apartment dogs.Black Mouth Curs are considered to be generally healthy dogs and are less prone to several of the conditions that plague other purebreds, though they do have some genetic predispositions that owners should be aware of and watch out for.In the novel Old Yeller, the titular dog is a Black Mouth Cur, though the dog who played Old Yeller in the 1957 film adaptation was a Labrador Retriever and Mastiff mix named Spike.