Some people think the term 'cur' refers to a mixed breed dog, but the Black Mouth Cur is, in fact, a purebred. Born and bred in the Southern United States, she is a great working dog who also fits in well with an active family.
Read on to find out 5 facts about the Black Mouth Cur and see if she could be the one for you.
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1. She is multi-talented
The Black Mouth Cur has many talents. As a working dog, she is used primarily as a herding dog but is also used to hunt, guard, and she even dabbles in man trailing and search and rescue. Her ability to adapt to work in such a variety of activities makes her the perfect dog for a farm or ranch.
Not only is she a great worker, but she is also an excellent companion dog who bonds strongly with her owner. She can fit in well with a family providing she gets the exercise she needs.
2. She needs outdoor space and plenty of exercise
Born and bred outdoors, the Black Mouth Cur loves to be outside. She won't do well in an apartment setting; a house with a spacious garden to run and play in is best for her.
She is a medium-high energy dog who needs at least one hour of vigorous exercise a day, whether it is a brisk walk on the leash or off-leash running and playing in the park. She also makes a great jogging partner, so you can get into shape with her by your side.
3. She's protective - and famous for it!
Ever seen the tearjerker Disney movie Old Yeller? If not, let me fill you in:
Based on the book of the same name by Fred Gipson, the story revolves around a young boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. The dog in question is based on none other than the Black Mouth Cur, whose fearlessness and loyalty to his owners is unyielding - he saves the family from many attacks by wild animals and even gets injured in the process.
This story truly captures the essence of the Black Mouth Cur. She is indeed blessed with a fierce loyalty and courage and often has a strong bond with her family. She is gentle and loving, especially with children, and will protect you from any danger that may befall you.
4. She's highly intelligent
She is incredibly smart. Black Mouth Cur puppies learn commands quickly, and this makes them easy to train. As she is intelligent, the Black Mouth Cur can bore easily, so too much repetition can lead her attention to wander onto something more interesting. Try to keep the sessions short and varied and use lots of positive reinforcement.
A word of warning, however: the Black Mouth Cur puppy needs a firm, confident leader who is in control. If you don't assert yourself with her, she will quite happily assume the role of pack leader, which can lead to unwanted behavior.
Make sure you set rules from the word go and maintain them consistently. If she's not allowed on the sofa or you don't want her to jump up at you, don't ever make an exception. Even if that little puppy face looks so cute and you can't resist, you'll regret it later on!
Check out how responsive and obedient this Black Mouth Cur is on just day 6 of training and his first day off leash:
5. She often lives a long and healthy life
The Black Mouth Cur can live up to 16 years, which is much longer than average for a medium to large breed dog, who usually lives up to 12 or 13 years. So if you're thinking of owning this purebred, she is likely to bless you with many years of companionship.
Also, as she is often used as a working breed, breeders have taken care that, genetically, she is up to the job. This means she is generally a very healthy dog.
Having said that, it is still worth being aware of some of the conditions that have been identified in the Black Mouth Cur to better care for your dog. Here are the main ones:
- Ear infections
- Eye problems
- Skeletal problems
Black Mouth Cur Breeders
As always, it is important to find a reputable breeder in order to get a Black Mouth Cur puppy who will live a long and healthy life. A responsible breeder will be able to show you all the paperwork for the dog, including the history of the puppy's parents and her vaccinations.
Here are just a few reputable breeders who breed Black Mouth Cur puppies:
The average price for a Black Mouth Cur puppy is between $300 - 350. Alternatively, if you'd like an adult Black Mouth Cur, many rescue centers that have this breed all over the US.
Isn't the Black Mouth Cur a little genius? She is adaptable, protective, intelligent, healthy, easy to train and gentle with children. What more could you want?
She does need an active lifestyle and flourishes if you give her a job. Are you ready for an Old Yeller?
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