Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Cur Breed description: Character & Co


A living piece of North America, the Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Cur, also called Southern Cur or Yellow Black Cur, originally comes from the south of the USA. His name refers on the one hand to the black muzzle and on the other hand to the Cur type. The term "Cur" comes from American English and refers to a certain type of dog that is a mongrel or belongs to a special group of hunting dogs. It is not listed by the AKC or the FCI as a recognized dog breed. But it is recognized by the UKC since 1998. According to the standard of the UKC, working ability is a decisive criterion. If you want to buy a Black Mouth Cur, you will get a living piece of North America at home.

What is the origin of the Black Mouth Cur?

The Black Mouth Cur comes from the USA. Its exact origin is unclear, there are two theories. One says that it comes from the mountains of Tennessee. The other one assumes its origin in Mississippi, both southern states of the USA. When the European settlers colonized North America in the 17th century, the Black Mouth Cur took over important functions as a hunting and guard dog, for example for hunting raccoons or squirrels. It is believed to have originated from the crossing of European dogs with native dogs of North America. As far as functions are concerned, they are true all-rounders and are also suitable as herding or family dogs.

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Black Mouth Cur is an American dog breed not recognized by the FCI, it can be yellow, dog with black face, large muscular dog that serves as a guard dog and hunting dog. Black Mouth Cur breed description, muscular dog from America, brown dog with black muzzle and tilt ears and prick ears. Black Mouth Cur Temperament, Brown Black Dog with White Paws Lying on the Ground in America, American Dog Breed Black Mouth Cur breed brown and black muzzle, dog with short fur, American dog breed for hunting, guard dog, protection dog, working dog breed
Alternate Name Southern Cur
Origin USA
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group Scenthound Group

What are typical characteristics of the Black Mouth Cur?

The character of the Black Mouth Cur is described as:

  • intelligent ,
  • courageous,
  • friendly,
  • loyal,
  • agile,
  • protective
  • and full of power.

He is well trainable, his behavior can be steered well in the right direction as a puppy. With good socialization, he can also be kept with other pets.


The Black Mouth Cur is suited to tireless dog owners who take him out for at least two hours a day, as he needs plenty of exercise and is driven by restlessness. He loves training, for him it represents welcome work. However, you must not train him with negative actions or brash words, as this will make him turn away from you and not trust you. He likes it easy and with a lot of leeway. His social vein and obliging nature make him easy to train. You should be considerate of his sensitive character. He also loves puzzle games, which can develop his intelligence. His short coat is easy to groom and should be brushed regularly. He should also be bathed from time to time. Dental care is also important with this dog breed.

Black Mouth Cur puppy, brown dog with black mask, black muzzle, dog with tilt ears, dog that looks similar to Belgian Shepherd, guard dog from America, American dog breed

What are typical diseases of the Black Mouth Cur?

Generally they enjoy good health, but are still prone to many different diseases like arthritis and hip dysplasia. In addition, allergic skin reactions as well as ear infections or epilepsy are not uncommon.

Breeding - where, how, what?

If you want to buy a Black Mouth Cur, you should look for a reputable and experienced breeder who meets the standards and is available for advice and support. It is essential to be well informed about this dog breed before purchasing and to make appropriate preparations. A look at the dog breeder list is worthwhile.


With the Black Mouth Cur you get a faithful and adventurous companion at home, who will love to accompany you in everyday life, do compatible work and enrich your life with a distinctive character. If you inform yourself well and pay attention to everything important for the attitude, you will have a lot of fun with the four-legged friend from America.

Black Mouth Cur breed description, temperament and everything you need to know about the breed, muscular dog from America that is suitable for hunting and also as a protection and guard dog.

The coat of the Black Mouth Cur is short and either fine or coarse. Due to the length of the coat, it is suitable for allergy sufferers. The color pattern ranges from brown to red, also yellow, black, little white (not more than ten percent) or brindle may be present. Speckling, spotting as well as a collar in white are not permitted. In relation to the body the head is correspondingly large, the muzzle being kept shorter than the skull and clearly delimiting it. Close fitting lips and a complete scissor bite are required. Set on high are the short ears, which are marked by a drooping posture and may also be of medium length. The length of the body should correspond approximately with the height at the withers. In addition to a straight back, slightly arched loins are prescribed. A muscular and broad chest is typical. It is important that the space between the forelegs is 10 cm. The tail is slightly curved and tapers to a point.

How big does the Black Mouth Cur grow and how much does he weigh?

Males have a withers height of 46 cm, females grow to 40.5 cm. The ideal weight of the male is 18 kg, females are slightly lighter at 16 kg.

How old does a Black Mouth Cur become?

As a medium-sized dog, he has a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years, also depending on good care and keeping.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail lang
Anatomy muscular, rugged, massive
Size ♀ 35 - 41 cm
Weight ♀ 15 - 17 kg
Size ♂ 42 - 47 cm
Weight ♂ 16 - 19 kg
Suitable For -


Black Mouth Cur Temperament, Brown Black Dog with White Paws Lying on the Ground in America, American Dog Breed
Black Mouth Cur breed brown and black muzzle, dog with short fur, American dog breed for hunting, guard dog, protection dog, working dog breed
Black Mouth Cur puppy, brown dog with black mask, black muzzle, dog with tilt ears, dog that looks similar to Belgian Shepherd, guard dog from America, American dog breed
  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Arthrosis

    Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in dogs. Dogs have an innate, strong urge to move

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

Sources and relevant links

Vickie Lamb (2015). The Ultimate Hunting Dog Reference Book. Skyhorse Publishing.

United Kennel Club (Rassestandard)

Accessed on 15.05.2023

Morris, Desmond (2001). Dogs: the ultimate dictionary of over 1,000 dog breeds. Trafalgar Square Publishing.

Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor, Ty Taylor (2019). Stockdog Savvy. Dogwise Publishing.

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