Black Mouth Cur

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Black Mouth Cur History

The Black Mouth Cur is a breed of medium-sized American spitz-type herding and guard dog. It was originated in the United States and its name means “black mouth.” It should not be confused with the black-mouthed cur, another American canine. The breed is one of four known varieties of the Carolina Dog. The first mention of the Black Mouth Cur occurred in 1853, after 18 year old Mary Carter of South Carolina acquired one that had been shipped to her by her father. Mr. Carter had purchased the dog in the Mississippi Territory. It was shipped to his daughter to be a companion to her two other dogs. The dog turned out to have a black tongue, which gave the dog its nickname.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


English White Terrier

Black Mouth Cur Physical Characteristics

The Black Mouth Cur is a small, medium-to-large sized breed of dog that typically stand between 16 and 22 inches high at the shoulder and weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. They have a moderate, muscular frame with a long, straight muzzle and a black nose. They have dark, almond-shaped eyes. They have a thick, glossy, blue-black coat of hair. It has an athletic, agile, and energetic build.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brown, Black, Fawn, Isabella, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 25 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 95 lbs

Female Weight Range: 35 – 85 lbs

Black Mouth Cur Health

Description of breed health.


12-16 yrs

Black Mouth Cur Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd), Ear Infections, Entropion, Ectropion, Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Black Mouth Cur Temperament and Behaviour

The Black Mouth Cur is very intelligent, active and courageous. They are natural hunters and excel at most sports, in addition to being calm, loving, and obedient. They are loyal to their family, but can sometimes be aggressive with other dogs. They are protective and wary of strangers, which can make the dog an excellent watchdog.

Black Mouth Cur Activity Requirements

The Black Mouth Cur is a medium to large, short-haired hunting dog. They are intelligent, loyal, and can be easily trained. While they are not a high-energy dog, they do require regular exercise. A daily walk or jog will help to keep your Black Mouth Cur happy. They will happily play ball or Frisbee, and they enjoy being outside. If you are looking for a good running or jogging partner, the Black Mouth Cur may be the right pick for you. They are athletic and have stamina, making them a great choice for runners and joggers. Although they are not particularly fast, they are capable of keeping up with most runners.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Black Mouth Cur is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Black Mouth Cur is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Black Mouth Cur is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Black Mouth Cur is part of the Unclassified group.

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