Black Mouth Cur Resource

Black Mouth Cur

The history of the Black Mouth Cur is shrouded in mystery. Some claim that the breed originated in the Tennessee mountains; others maintain that it hails from Mississippi. Southern geography notwithstanding, early Americans used them widely as versatile working dogs. As Americans moved West, the dogs moved with them, proving their worth as hunters and family guardians. The Black Mouth Cur hunts squirrel, coon, boar or bear, and never retreats. The breed works stock well, too. Breeders claim the puppies train themselves – treeing, protecting and penning cattle by 6 months of age. The breed is used throughout the southern area of the United States. The Black Mouth Cur finds game using its eyes, ears and nose.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Medium Dog Breed
Any shade of red, yellow and fawn with or without the black muzzle or mask. Black, brown, buckskin or brindle are also allowed.

Short, dense, close-lying. Texture may be coarse to rough to very fine.


Groom as needed.

AKC Group:
UKC Group:
At least 16-18 inches tall at the withers
40 pounds
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Hunting, companion