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Black Mouth Cur 101: History, Personality, Grooming, & More!

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Breeds By Ben Team 8 min read January 21, 2020 67 Comments

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Although they aren’t as well-known as golden retrievers, poodles, or any of the other breeds often seen in dog parks and pet stores across the country, black mouth curs are wonderful dogs who deserve more attention than they typically receive.

Fun-loving, energetic, loyal, and brave, black mouth curs have a lot going for them. They are excellent working dogs and, when matched with the right owner and living situation, they can make good companions too.

We’ll talk about the basics of the breed below – including their history, physical characteristics, personality, and health – so that you can decide if a black mouth cur is a good fit for your home and family.

History of the Black Mouth Cur

The history of the black mouth cur is relatively muddled.

They’re known to have lived in the southeastern United States since the 1800s, but nobody knows exactly where or when the first ones were produced. Many breed advocates point to Tennessee or Mississippi as the most likely birthplace of the breed, but details of the breed’s origin remain elusive.

They were likely developed to be multi-purpose working dogs, and they excel at most of the basic tasks farm dogs are expected to perform.

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They are capable of herding livestock, they make excellent hunting and tracking dogs, and they are courageous and capable guardians who won’t hesitate to defend their home and family from perceived threats.

They accompanied the pioneers who headed west to settle new lands and eventually became relatively common throughout the country. In fact, Old Yeller is often thought to have been a black mouth cur (although the author never explicitly states such, and the dog who played Old Yeller in the movie was a retriever mix).

Despite their popularity in the U.S., black mouth curs have never become very popular overseas – they tend to be a stateside favorite. Ironically, these all-American dogs aren’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

This is likely due in part to the breed’s variability and the fact that different breeders often strive to produce dogs with different characteristics. For example, those bred as pets or for protective purposes usually reach the upper end of the breed’s size range, while those bred to tree raccoons and other prey are usually less than 60 pounds.

The United Kennel Club does recognize the black mouth cur, placing them in the scenthound group.

Black Mouth Cur Physical Appearance: Size, Coat, & Build

Black mouth curs are medium to large dogs, who vary pretty significantly in terms of size. Some are little more than 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh around 40 pounds, while large individuals may be nearly 10 inches taller and approach the 100-pound mark.

All black mouth curs have short coats, but they occur in a variety of colors. Most have black markings on the muzzle (hence their name), but their body coloration can be yellow, brown, red, or black. Some black mouth curs even have a brindle pattern. Some have very coarse hair, while others are coated in softer, finer hair.

As a working breed, black mouth curs are lean, muscular, and athletic-looking. They appear as though they’re ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice, and their legs are relatively long – a fact that helps them travel long distances.

These dogs have a very endearing expression, and their medium-sized ears tend to fold over in a pretty adorable manner. Sometimes, their ears also feature a black or dark-colored wash, which looks very handsome in conjunction with the black muzzle markings.

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Black Mouth Cur Personality & Temperament

An increasing number of people are keeping black mouth curs as companions, but most members of the breed are expected to work for a living. And the way in which these dogs are kept can significantly affect their personalities.

Working black mouth curs tend to be all business. They are very smart, they’re reasonably easy to train for experienced owners, and they can learn a variety of skills, commands, and tasks. They have an amazing work ethic, and they’ll gladly spend all day in the field before clocking out for dinner. They love their people, but they probably love working more.

But black mouth curs kept as pets are often quite different.

Black mouth curs kept as companions are typically very loyal and loving dogs who bond strongly with their families. They’re usually fantastic with kids, although you’ll need to supervise any interactions with young children, as this breed can be a bit rambunctious. Given their size, this can lead to accidental injuries. They may also “herd” children.

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Black mouth curs are relatively sensitive, so their owners must employ firm yet gentle training techniques. They should be provided with copious amounts of praise and positive reinforcement throughout the process, but most will enjoy learning new things and pleasing their person.

These are extremely energetic dogs and they need an outlet for their drive to work, so frequent exercise is required to keep them happy. They’ll need at least one (very) long walk per day, and frequent trips to the lake or dog park are also a good idea.

Black mouth curs do not always get along well with dogs who already live in the home, so if you intend to keep more than one dog, it is wise to purchase them both at the same time (and while both are young) or be ready to work with a professional dog behaviorist to ensure that the two dogs get along together.

Black mouth curs can also be a bit distant with unfamiliar people, and they’re quite protective and territorial.

 Health and Grooming Needs of Black Mouth Curs

Black mouth curs are typically very healthy dogs, and they don’t suffer from many common diseases or disorders. This may be due in part to the large genetic pool from which the breed originated.

Nevertheless, black mouth curs appear predisposed to a few health problems, including:

  • Epilepsy
  • Mange
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Ear infections
  • Several eye disorders, including cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and ectropion

Black mouth curs are a dream dog for owners who don’t want a dog with a high-maintenance coat. They don’t require any elaborate grooming services – a weekly brushing and a bath every month or so should keep their coat healthy and looking great. They don’t shed or drool very much either, so they may be a good option for allergy sufferers.

Black mouth curs can, however, be pretty filthy pups if provided with lots of time outdoors. Like many other breeds, they seem to love coating themselves in dirt, mud, and anything disgusting they can find lying around on the ground.

And if they are allowed to do so immediately before coming inside and jumping on the couch, all the better!

You will need to trim your black mouth cur’s nails regularly and provide him with an appropriate preventative flea treatment, as you would any other breed.

Some owners note that black mouth curs seem very susceptible to mange, but, rather than being a tendency of the breed, this may have more to do with the way working black mouth curs are often kept outside, in outdoor kennels.

This further illustrates the importance of implementing good flea-prevention practices.

Ideal and Not-So-Ideal Living Situations for Black Mouth Curs

Black mouth curs can thrive in a variety of living circumstances and familial situations. The primary things you need to be able to provide a black mouth cur include:

  • Plenty of Space – Black mouth curs are quite energetic, and you must give them plenty of room to run, jump, and play, or they can develop a variety of destructive behaviors. Ideally, you’ll want a large, securely fenced yard (they’re often escape artists who like to wander) so they can burn off energy regularly.
  • Early Socialization – While loving with their families, black mouth curs can be territorial and occasionally overprotective. To avoid this, you’ll want to socialize early, introducing your pup to as many people and pets as you can while he’s young.
  • Lots of Attention – Black mouth curs kept as pets rarely enjoy being left home alone for long periods of time. In fact, doing so can unleash a host of destructive behaviors. They like a lot of interaction with their owners and thrive best in homes where somebody is home all day long.

If you can satisfy the above criteria, a black mouth cur may be a great choice for your family. On the other hand, prospective owners in either of the following categories should probably opt for a different breed.

Not Best For First-Time Dog Owners

Black mouth curs can certainly make great pets, but they aren’t well-suited for novice owners. While they are pretty intelligent and relatively eager to please, they can be slightly difficult to train. They need an owner who can assert calm leadership, while still providing all of the support and positive reinforcement this sensitive breed requires.

Not Great For Apartment Dwellers

Black mouth curs are also a poor choice for those who live in apartments, primarily because of the breed’s energy level and need for space.

They may also bark and howl quite a bit as your neighbors come and go. Even if you’re willing to put up with the noise these dogs can create, your neighbors are unlikely to be as understanding.

The black mouth cur is a pretty neat breed that can make a good pet for some families.

Just be sure that you carefully consider the amount of space you have available, as well as the amount of time you have to spend with your new pet, before deciding to add one of these black-muzzled beauties to your home!

Do you have a black mouth cur? What has been your experience with this breed? Share your stories in the comments!

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Blake Mcinerney

We rescued a black mouth cur when she was about 2 years old, she was never properly socialized with humans or dogs and now is super reactive and sometimes aggressive, we’ve been working with her usually positive reinforcement for about a year and she’s been doing a lot better, we also discovered she’s only reactive and aggressive when I’m around and doesn’t do it with any other family members when they take her for walks

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Ben Team

Huh. That’s an interesting issue, Blake.
It may be worth discussing with a canine behaviorist to get to the bottom of things.

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NAOMI TIDMORE

My husband and I got our BMC when he was 6weeks old he is 2 now he is very protective very loving and loves to make sure when My sister-in-laws goats get out he puts them back in the field He’s name is Buddy and we are very proud he is part of our family.

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Ben Team

Buddy sounds great, Naomi! Thanks for sharing!

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Andrew

We just adopted a BMC. She is really great with kids, off leash etc. The only problem we are having is with her walks. She remembers every single place she seen a rabbit, duck or squirrel and will stop and sit down in that spot on the next walk. I had to pick her up 2/3 times because she gets obsessed and won’t move. Treats worked for a little bit but not anymore. Sometimes I have to wait it out and other times try to distract her as I don’t want to be yanking too hard on the leash. Any suggestions on how to correct/change this behaviour? Also, she does the same thing if I don’t go the way she wants. She will stop and bite the leash and attempt to pull me in the direction she wants

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Ben Team

Hey, Andrew. What an unusual habit!
I have to admit, I chuckled at the notion of your doggo just sitting there patiently, waiting for some critter he saw months ago to reemerge from the bushes.
But I’m sure it’s not so funny to you anymore — it’s probably pretty annoying.

Is he food motivated? If so, I’d just lure him away from the area (or back to your walking route) with super-high-value treats. Over time, I’d try to encourage him to just keep walking right by the area (by using the treats) without stopping.

As for the leash biting, I’d (personally) be inclined to just try a chewing deterrent first.

Best of luck!

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Jessica

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica and my family and I have the most wonderful Black Mouth Cur named Jackson. We adopted him from a rescue agency that goes around to kill shelters in the south and brings the dogs north to be adopted. Our Jackson was from Natchez Mississippi and brought to New Jersey with his other 2 littermates. He and his littermates are the brindle color BMC with nice black muzzles and ear tips. Jackson was 3 and a half months old when we adopted him. Very energetic, friendly, loving puppy.

He loves long walks and playing ball in the yard. He was very easy to train and house break. We used a crate to train him. Intelligent dog. He doesn’t like to be alone too long and did do his fair share of chewing as a puppy. Now that he is 5 years old he has calmed a bit and can be home for longer periods but still doesn’t like it. He still gets so excited when you come home and enthusiastically greets you at the door. Jumping up was an issue but he doesn’t do that much anymore. Just a good natured well behaved boy all around.

He grew up with our 2 cats and they are best buddies. They do like to play and chase each other around the house. He is an attention hog and doesn’t let the cats get more pets or love than he does. He Needs to be by me at all times. He is my constant companion following me wherever I go. He has to keep a watch on me I guess. Jackson gets along great with our kids and pretty much anyone he meets. If Jackson doesn’t like you then I know something is not right. He is protective over our family and the house. He will bark at strangers or anything that approaches the house but he isn’t aggressive. That being said though I do think if given opportunity he would protect and defend me and my family from harm. He also plays and gets along with other dogs pretty well. Best if they are close to his size so he can’t accidentally hurt them with his energetic play. He is 24inches tall at the shoulder and weighs about 70 pounds. I think he is a very handsome boy. People always ask me what kind of dog he is. It is a shame there aren’t more dogs like Jackson around here. They are a great breed and we are so lucky to have him. We love him so much and hope he is a part of our family for many years to come.

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Ben Team

Jackson sounds like a wonderful canine companion, Jessica!
Thanks for telling us about him.
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Rob Pettis

Hi Ben, Hi Everyone,
This was a great read and I like the site very much. I signed up for the newsletter of course. Sorry my story is so long, but I am a newly proud Dogfather.

My wife and I of nearly 38 years are working professionals and decided to use the pandemic and our working from home situation to rescue a dog. All these years we felt that whatever doggie we got, they would feel neglected because we worked regular jobs eight hours a day and it wasn’t in us to do that. We decided though that we could use this situation to slowly accustom a dog to being alone, if we slightly increased it a little at a time. So we began our search. Using Pet Finder, I located a rescue nearby and they specialized in the breed we so much adored. The American Pit Bull Terrier. One thing that immediately sparked a fire in us is how a fenced yard was not a requirement for some of the dogs. We live on 2.5 acres in the country and the property is completely sloped. The part that the house sits on was graded flat but that’s it. It’s mostly wooded and there is a lot of shale, and brush so a fence was never an option because of cost, or how it would detract from the natural setting or be impossible to install. So we set our criteria to specifically require a dog that was accustomed to our type of lifestyle. We work 40 hour weeks not including the time to commute, we do chores weather permitting, we are not young although young at heart, and most certainly not in the best shape.

One day the rescue had an adoption available by the name of Phoenix. She was a beautiful twelve and a half month old “Pit Bull Mix”. Her listed behavior, traits and character seemed perfect for us. I grew up with the occasional dog, and have some first hand experience but my wife had none so we knew we wanted something that had the basics, and we would learn the rest. It also had to be willing to let us love and spoil it because we have been dog lovers since we met. People that didn’t know us, that met us thought we had dogs.

On paper and based on the foster Moms word, Phoenix seemed perfect for us. She ticked all our boxes and we ticked hers, so we filled out the adoption form, were accepted, and we picked her up January 1st, 2021 and our home (quite literally) became hers.

The foster only had her for three weeks and all we were told was that she was from West Virginia (we’re in Maryland, and picked her up in Delaware) and that she was kept outside on a chain her entire life. We were told she was good with other dogs (the foster had two of her own and another rescue when we were there), children, adults, liked car rides but liked to be in your lap during if she could, belly rubs, she was crate trained, and house broken. We asked the foster if she worked, exactly what her schedule was and how the dog spent its day. This was the most important thing to us. We were told she got an early time in the yard after breakfast with the other dogs, then in the crate for approximately 10 – 11 hours a day while she worked, then dinner and more yard time then bed. We figured this would be perfect for our professional lifestyles and work schedule. Of course, her day with us would include a walk in the morning and at night because we had no fenced in yard, but it would be on a leash, and only until we were confident she could be trusted otherwise. We had to agree to all of this of course and we meant what we said, it was not just something we said to acquire a dog.

We showered her with Love from the moment she entered our home, and hearts. She was immediately allowed on the couch but was hesitant to jump up. I had to pick her up and place her on it between us. That was day one. Day two she jumped up, and we praised her for that. She found my lap with her head and that was her spot. By day three some of the stress during day one and two had subsided and we were all on the couch just relaxing and I thought I heard my wife snoring, but it was Phoenix. Then, it was my wife. So now, I had two girls snoring beside me and the sound was identical.

As the days went on, we were amazed how minimal her shedding was. We also found it odd she never barked. She walked well on her leash and kept her nose to the ground pulling some. It wasn’t that concerning because I knew the woods had so much to offer an animal that relied on their nose as much as dogs do. We have a lot of critters here.

Phoenix has been with us since the 1st of the year so that makes four months and a week now.

First, let me say Velcro Dog is putting it mildly. She is quite the companion. Meaning, she has to be involved with everything you do. If a package comes and we bring it in to open it, we let her smell the box, the inside of the box, and then the contents of the box. She has 5 beds now counting the raised cooling bed on the deck. I built gates for the deck and then installed a doggie door in our french door sliding screen door. She has pretty much the run of the house but as it warmed up we wanted her to be able to relax in the sun on her own accord. She does. We finally let her into our bedroom and she immediately jumped up on the bed and the affectionate gratitude she showed us for letting her was adorable. Ultimately we see her sleeping in there with us. However, she doesn’t mind being in her crate while we’re home. In the evening when we turn off the tv she jumps off the couch with us and goes right in on her own. If I wear her out on her nightly walk she goes in early, again, on her own. I added an indoor security camera to our system that is aimed right at her crate so we can watch her when we go someplace she isn’t allowed. The longest so far was 4 hours. She only cried for 4 minutes and napped on and off the rest of the time.

I can sit on the couch with her along side me while I eat chips and salsa or a pop tart and she will express interest but not beg, and will just settle in and put her head down. Because we want her to understand there is absolutely no begging, we crate her during our main meals for now, and will reward her with her own treat so doesn’t feel left out. We feed her after her walks, and a reward for finishing her entire meal. She eats a cup and a half of dry kibble, and a variety of other healthy dog treats. Mostly lower calorie food. Dentastix are her favorite, but she enjoys flavored milk bones too. We never feed her human food, nor will we ever. Sure I might buy her doggie ice cream but not the human version. Her vet said she needs to around 44 lbs and she weighs 48 – 50 depending on the time of day [wink wink]. We both walk her, but mostly independently. But of course we do it together when our jobs permit, or for my wife, the weather allows. My steps have increased to nearly 14k a day. My A1C is the lowest it has ever been. She is literally saving my life. Phoenix loves the snow and will slide her head and body on the frozen, slippery stuff like an otter. She tried to scratch through it to eat it. I break it up to make it easier for her. She always makes me laugh no matter what. She is not a fan of the rain and likely due to the fact of her upbringing. I have a raincoat for her. Of course it matches mine. She does not like the air nozzle of my compressor, or the garden hose. My guess is, these were used to torture her somehow. As a matter of fact, her aversion to water has us worried. We have a pool. Yesterday I had to meet a co-worker to pick up a device for work and at the spot we met there was a stormwater drainage facility. It had about 6″ of clean water in it and the bottom was all leaves. She was super curious and after about 15 minutes decided to walk the 10′ across it! You would have though a father was watching his baby take it’s fist steps or saying da da. Then she got scared, whimpered as if she wanted me to come and get her (which I could/would have) but then she came back on her own! Of course all this took place while she was on a leash but there are creeks and streams near us so that will be the next step. We are water people so it is promising. No pushing though, she will have to see us in it and decide for herself to join us. She doesn’t mind the vacuum but doesn’t hate it either. That’s good because we are using it more often now. That non-shedding thing ended with the season change. Now if she shakes you can see the hair come off. We brush her as much as possible. I’m buying a sign or door mat that reads “Hope you don’t mind dog hair”.

With the change of the season I have cut more trails through the woods on and off our property in the woods and she enjoys walking them a lot. She gets to see the squirrels and deer and that sends her into a frenzy. I am working on HEY!, Nooooo, and Calmmmm, while rubbing or petting her. Without my touch she is completely fixated and it’s so very obvious she is more BMC than APBT. She will let chickens walk very close to her, and enjoys the cows kissing her on the farm next to us (I think she thinks they are big dogs since they are Guernseys and have the same coloring as her). Unfortunately, she thinks baby goats are food, and luckily we are a second quicker than her or we would have definitely found out. We’ll work on that. Haven’t tried pigs or ducks yet. Moles don’t stand a chance. She had one in her mouth and laid at my feet in seconds the other day. She didn’t kill it though and we released it back into the woods. She got to see (I suspect) her first turtle the other day. That was cute. The wonderment and curiosity is amazing and fun to watch. Ultimately though she tried to pick it and bring it to me so she had to put it back. She likes the taste of the (17 year) cicada larvae that are starting to break the surface of the ground here. Maryland is the epicenter for this even so we are not at all excited about it. We will have billions. I hope she gets to see them again in another 17 years.

She plays well with our neighbors Lab Tucker (2.5 years old) and Heeler Gunner (5.5 years old) but they play really rough. Tails wag the entire time but it gets questionable. A lot of snarling, growling, biting, but also chasing, catching, kissing and licking. Gunner is older and has less tolerance, and Phoenix is the best thing to happen to Tucker because Gunner is no fun anymore. He’s her boyfriend. We had her at my nieces house and she has two female dogs Phoenix’s age. The ran around non-stop for 4 hours straight. Again, it seems a little aggressive to me and my wife but they do not seem to be mean towards each other. Phoenix and I will play chase in the house too. I chase her and let her think she is chasing me. Her tail wags the entire time and she barks the entire time. We both do the submissing chest down stance. I hide from her in darker places of the house and get her to come to me by making noises to build her confidence. She enjoys this play time immensely and I mostly am laughing the entire time when she tucks her tail and runs. As soon as I stop, I will hold my hands together like an open book, down low and tell her to come, and tell her Good Girl and she immediately calms down and sits near me. It’s a game we play, one to get her some additional exercise, and two to get out some of the energy she builds up napping during the day. I believe it makes our bond stronger too.

Her vet initially asked what her key words were. I said Good Girl and it stuck. We say it for every good thing she does, over and over.

With summer approaching when I’m not cutting new walking trails for us, I am clearing dead fall or other debris so that I can ultimately install a 5′ high wire fence to contain a portion of the back yard. I found out there is a type that the vertical and horizontal joints are not welded and instead have wire wound around them into a knot. This allows the fence to remain rigid and traverse hilly terrain. I will add wood posts at the corners and at gate openings. I am buying a 6′ high version of this fence but I will bend a foot of it inward at the bottom so it lays flat, then add stakes to hold it. I will till ground under it and will plant a vine type of plant like honeysuckle so it forms a natural screen, provides containment for her, and something she won’t be able to dig under so easily. I also have a 200′ Tumbo Trolley Extreme system to install. I want her to experience as much off leash freedom as possible and provide a place she can fetch balls and frisbee’s or whatever else I throw. I also plan on constructing an agility course for her as soon as lumber prices come back down. During our walks she really enjoys walking along fallen trees, both laying on the ground or elevated. She’s a natural at it. I tested her on some quickly set up ramps and with my encouragement and positive reinforcement, she trusted me enough to walk up to height of approximately four feet. I have a tactical harness with a handle I use to help her jump out of my truck to minimize the impact to her joints so that will come in handy on the course. I want a lot of elevated structures, and of course a baby pool.

All in all, for us, and in our eyes, she’s the perfect canine. She has become our furbaby. Is she perfect? No, she has had a couple #1 accidents but we can’t pin down a pattern so we are calling them just that, accidents. It’s obvious she regrets doing it though. She is definitely the sensitive type and we are never harsh with her. At the most, stern. All three of us are learning this lifestyle together. When I look into her amber eyes as she sits under my desk while I work, waiting for me to walk her in the evening, or when at the end of the day, her head is resting on my shoulder on the couch and I hear that deep sigh of contentment then feel her warm breath on my ear, or when I hug her head and neck area, tell her I love Her then kiss her muzzle and she makes that noise as if to say “I Love You Too” my heart melts and I thank the man above for intertwining our lives. Would I have liked things to be better for her growing up and her to never become a rescue? Of course. There’s no part of me that is happy how that life was for her. For any dog that has to endure that.

We have put that behind us though, and hopefully over time the love and kindness we give her will completely erase any of the bad memories she may have. We intend to try to replace every one of them with a positive version so as she grows older, all her existing fears become happy moments with us.

To us, and why we could absolutely not change her name, like a true Phoenix she has risen from the ashes reborn with us!

From Wiki:
The phoenix is a long-lived bird associated with Greek mythology (with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

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Ben Team

What a wonderful story, Rob! We’re so happy that you and your wife found Phoenix and vice versa!
We love hearing from owners who’re doing everything possible to make their four-footer’s life the best it can possibly be.
Please give her some scritches for us next time she’s hanging out on the couch with you (and maybe a doggie ice cream treat too).
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Thanks for sharing!

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Liz

We adopted our sweet girl at age 1.5 years from a Texas shelter that provides dogs to the NW. We were looking for a hound under 40 pounds. We had never heard of BMC’s. We fell in love with her picture and were sad when she got adopted by a family before we could get our application in. Lo and behold her picture popped up again as the family did not work out – she was trying to herd and roughhouse with their twin 5 year olds. She is now 3 years old and on the smaller side at 35 lbs. She is athletic and usually the fastest one at the dog park despite her size. She is very attached and protective of me, less so with my husband. On leash she can be suspicious of other dogs but does great in off leash areas loves bigger dogs. Not into fetch but loves her toys – especially squeakers. Loves riding in the car. Very snuggly. Loves to sunbathe- not crazy about the rain here. Minimal shedding. Slow to warm up to our friends and neighbors but now has a trusted circle of them that she is comfortable with. Love this breed!

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Ben Team

She sounds great, Liz! Thanks for sharing.
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Gayle Hudert

We rescued our Black Mouth Cur from a shelter that called her a “pitt mix”, but she is definitely a BMC! She is loving, sensitive to scolding, and eager to please. It took only one day to teach her to ring a bell when she needs to go out. She loves her chew toys, but they have to be “indestructible”. She very rarely barks, even when she spots a squirrel to stalk. The first time we heard her bark was the 3rd month we had her, and that was to warn us that someone was on our porch at midnight. She is friendly at the dog run park, and loves to wrestle with bigger dogs. At 50 lbs, she is incredibly strong, sleek, and beautiful. We hear compliments about her every time we walk her. From our experience, the BMC is an awesome breed.

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Ben Team

She sound wonderful, Gayle! Thanks for sharing her story with us.
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Dave

Black Mouth Cur facts. I have several full bloods. I love them.
They do shed. Sometimes a lot.
Need to know dog behavior, and management well as their prey drive makes it hard to handle with small animals and small dogs.
As NKC standard describes them: A good bred one will not back down. are often not accepting of new dogs. Very territorial, thus at maturity more than likely won’t do well at doggy daycares, and dog parks. If they are challenged they won’t run.
They have no fear.
If their nails have to be cut they aren’t getting enough exercise.
Those with a more dominant nature won’t take well to a stranger handling them. (ask my vet and staff)(yes they was very well socialized).
They have no fear.
Obedience training is necessary as they won’t quit if they have their mind set on something.

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Ben Team

Hey, Dave.
We get your point — black mouth curs are often brave. But all dogs can feel fear. Also, a variety of things can determine how quickly your dog’s nails wear down, and even with copious amounts of exercise, you’ll likely still find it necessary to trim your pup’s nails.
These seem like pretty pedantic points, but we wouldn’t want anyone to get the wrong idea.
We appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

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Carla

We adopted Bella at about 4 mo from a young family who lived in an apartment. Bella is definitely not suited to an apartment. We added her to our already large pack of 2 Aussies, 2 ferrets, a cat, and 6 chickens. She did kill one chicken but quickly learned it wasn’t acceptable. One thing I haven’t seen anyone on any site mention is how vocal BMC can be. Is she unique in this? Obviously she barks when a stranger is at the door. But she has a huge range of other vocalizations. She has a whistle, whin, and shrill nasal noise she uses when she is trying to get our other dogs to play. She is goofy, loving, playful, sassy, mouthy, protective, overall pleasure.

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Ben Team

Hey, Carla.
You are correct — black mouth curs can be pretty vocal, and that’s something that is important to consider.
We’ll add a mention of that! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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Emily

Our BMC, Laffa, is SO vocal! I oftentimes say that he has so many things going on in his mind that he tells me stories a few times a day. Sometimes it sounds like he is performing at the Opera, other times like he is blowing a Shofar (Jewish term… essentially a horn). I am so glad to know he is not alone, because sometimes I feel like he is trying to tell us something is wrong, but I really think he just enjoys making noises. Haha!

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Sandy

I adopted my BMC from the humane society when she was 3 or 4 months old. I couldnt have ever expected such a perfect dog! Shes very loving, likes to hug, that’s when she snuggles into me, she is so flippin smart! Shes a very quiet dog, except when I get her riled up with play time. She loves car rides. She just loves being with me. I live alone since my husband passed almost 4 years ago, and abbey picked me. I Love her so flippin much. Shes a great companion
I leave her alone during the day so I can go to work. I come home for lunch, and she won’t go outside till I give her loving first. She has ccx a big fenced in yard and shes really fast! She doesnt run she sprints she’s an awesome watch dog. I couldnt ask for a better dog…. I would highly recommend a black mouth curr. Shes my baby….

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Ben Team

She sounds fantastic, Sandy! Thanks for sharing.
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Christina

We adopted a BMC from a shelter in MN. They passed her off as an Aussie mix. I had my doubts but figured they knew since mom gave birth in the shelter. Mom came up from Texas pregnant. After all the pups were adopted I asked for a photo of mom…Pitbull mix for sure! So, our Dessa was born in foster and at 8 weeks was taken to another foster for 2.5 weeks. When I first went to see her, I wanted to take her that night; I was not excited about this fosters arrangement for the dogs. She kept our girl separate from the other dogs in the house and when I asked how potty training was going she said the dog had never been outside, but kept in a room with a tarp on the floor and potty pads. She was also left alone for 8-10 hours a day due to their work schedules. 🙁
So, even though we got her at nearly 11 weeks old, I fear she did not get proper socialization with dogs or people and what she did get was a bad experience for her. We have now had her for 15 month. She has fear based aggression and anxiety about many things (even the outlet cover on the wall that she suddenly noticed one day). We learned quickly that she has to stay on leash or runner because she wants to chase down anyone who passes our house. We no longer take her to the dog park because she plays too hard with other dogs and does not read the signals to back off. She has also taken to thinking she needs to go after any adult with a child as if she needs to protect the child. She has even bit a few people 🙁
That being said, with our family and people she knows, she is a big sloppy lover! Sometimes I think she acts more like a people than a dog. She is so smart and loves scenting. With the very cold weather and limited outdoor time right now, we play a lot of hide-n-seek with her toys. She could do it all day. We used to take her to work with us, but realized it was her too much stress with people coming around corners or delivery people showing up and she thought she needed to protect us. She actually doesn’t mind being in a crate during the day. We have a puppy cam and every time I check in on her she is just chilling. The most she has been left alone is about 6 hrs. We are lucky to have our own business and flexible hours plus our adult children come and go and take her out for potty breaks.
It’s true that this is not a dog for first time dog owners! We would have returned her if we had not had 2 dogs prior. We also have 2.5 acres to play on (not fenced), but since her recall is close to zero when she has her sights on something or someone, she has to stay on leash or we find a very secluded places to run free. I know not everyone has that option. We are having success with an e-collar that beeps. It seems to distract her enough to hear us call her back. It also helps that she is very treat motivated.
Our vet suggested putting her down because of the fear based aggression and biting, but we are not giving up on her just yet. We’ve committed to doing all we can to keep her out of high stress environments and resolved ourselves to the fact that she just won’t be the dog we can take everywhere we go. The hardest thing is what to do if we leave town as a family and need a sitter; I’m sure a border will not take her.
We love this girl so much and are not ready to give up on her.
I really appreciated the information in this article and it helped solidify what I was already suspecting in our pup. Wish I could copy a picture of her here. She’s a beauty!

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Ben Team

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Christina!

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Dave

Christina,
Please don’t call a pitbull mix a black mouth cur.
People doing so is starting to give them a bad name due to the increase of bite statistics of dogs being erroneously labeled BMC, or BMC mix.
I have several pure bred one of which I took to rehab after suffering extreme abuse, They are not fear aggressors. If a BMC is a fear aggressor it would be rejected as a BMC by any reputable breeder.
Even the rehab who suffered so much abuse has no fear.
I love the breed and would like to see it maintain its dignity.
Thank you.

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John carberry

Adopted a 6 yr old black mouth cur from Naples Humane Society shelter- had a black lab and a 16 yr old cat. Cur, Abby, has been a great addition – 60 + lbs of energy – loves walks and chasing rabbits and squirrels- never catches anything- sleeping on couch. Great addition to family- good traveller/ not wild about rain or snow. Would gladly pick another cur.

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Lyndsey

We have a 1.5 yr old BMC who we rescued from a high kill shelter down South. I was originally told she was a boxer mix, but a doggy DNA test determined she is a BMC. Our girl Maren LOVES to be outside, roll in the dirt, play with her ball (she often throws it to herself and chases it), loves long walks and does amazing with our 10 year old Catahoula. She was so easy to train, listens to her commands so well, is very intelligent and affectionate. She rarely barks, but when she does, there’s often a howl involved. She loves to chase squirrels but is great with our two indoor cats. She was crate trained within a week of bringing her home and loves her “bed”. I am SO happy with the rescue mix up bringing us our BMC instead of the boxer mix we thought she was!

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Ben Team

Maren sounds great, Lyndsey!
Thanks for telling us about her.
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Maggie Nickleson

Hi Lyndsey! Could you tell me what dog DNA test you used please? I have had a hard time finding one that covers this breed or have just looked in the wrong placed. I have really been wanting to get one for my dog who my husband and I are fairly sure is predominantly a Black Mouth Cur. She looks like one and has almost all the personality traits. We got her from a kill shelter in southern Georgia.
Thank you for your time!

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Heather

we have a suspected BMC. We got him from a shelter that claimed he was a German shepherd lab cross. He has black in his muzzle and 1 floppy ear and 1 ear that sticks up straight. He is an 80lb lap dog that loves people and walks. Sadly he was probably not socialized well as he is extremely territorial and can have problems with other male dogs, especially intact male dogs. However we are working with him to improve that and he is super smart. Otherwise he is an awesome family dog and I’d love to get another.

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Ben Team

Hey, Heather. Thanks for telling us about your pooch! He sounds great, despite having issues with other boys.
If you’re ever interested in finding our more about his genetic background, be sure to check out our article about the Embark Dog DNA Test.
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Kara C.

We have a BMC, Cooper, who was adopted almost 8 years from a southern high kill shelter, and brought up north. His shelter papers guessed at his breed mix to be shepherd mix, but at 8-9 weeks old it’s hard to tell. We already had a shepherd mix at home, so we thought we knew what was in store for us. Ha! The very first night he was home with us, we got him into his crate for bed, turned off the lights, and out of him came the craziest sound….hound dog bay!! Now that he’s grown, we know he’s all hound (you know, the high prey drive, treeing type). He actually ran head first through our wooden fence gate to chase a squirrel.

Your article describes Coop to a T. He’s incredibly intelligent (he watches television). He’s actually watched entire movies. If he sees animals on a small TV screen, he’ll run to our larger TV to see if the animals are on that screen, too.

He’s incredibly sensitive (he loves to be hugged), and strives to please us.

Grooming-wise, the easiest dog we’ve owned. He almost never needs to be brushed, but loves it when it happens, and he hated to get dirty, so he hardly ever needs to be bathed.

He’s protective of us and our property, and was a stubborn ox to train. He isn’t food motivated, so positive reinforcement was our method. Coop isn’t a little guy, standing 25″ at the shoulders, and weighing about 90 lbs. He’s incredibly selective when it comes to other dogs, even our late dog. When we adopted our newest dog (who looked like a cur in her shelter photo), we had to evaluate his behaviors and found a smaller, younger, submissive female for him, and they love each other. Phew!!

To sum up Coop, he’s our heart. His personality and behaviors are what make him, and we wouldn’t change a thing about him

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Ben Team

Thanks for sharing, Kara!
Coop sounds fantastic, and this: “If he sees animals on a small TV screen, he’ll run to our larger TV to see if the animals are on that screen, too” is hysterical.
Give Coop some scritches for us!

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Nancy Marston

We adopted the most adorable puppy 7 years ago. And like many here, we were told he was a lab mix. He is full BMC and on the large side of large. As someone that has had dogs my entire life, I was not prepared for the amount of work involved with him. We socialized him often as a puppy and he accepts those people easily. Other people not so much. We brought in a golden retriever puppy 4 years ago and he accepted her and protects her like he protects me. He grew up with male weimeriener and turned on him when they were both 5 years old because the weimer got too close to playpen that my grandson was in. The BMC is always near the kids when they are here. He is very patient with them but he still never gets left alone with them. We no longer let him be around family dogs.
Loyalty and intelligence are incredible. I fully intend to have another in the future. We will go in more educated and prepared. If you are not fully prepared and understand these dogs are different than an average companion dog. Please pick an easier breed. Rehoming after they bond will not work out.

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Ben Jedlicka

I had an old hermit friend who lived in a log house and raised plotts and black mouthed currs. They got away from him and he had 40+ dogs and his SSI didn’t cover the feed. He put an ad in “full cry” to sell pups with nothing more than a PO box to get back to. Yes he lived in the “old days”. I tried to help him find homes and there was one little petite quite female BMC who caught my eye. I had to put an X in magic marker on the top of her head to keep track of her as there were 3 litters on the ground. I found her a home in another town with instructions to bring her back if she didn’t work out. When I grabbed her my friend protested and said “why the hell are you takin’ her?, I like the way she sits back and watches all the s__t going on in here”. I told him I wanted her to have a good home and he let me take her. 3 days later I got a call and the new home she went to returned her to me. She had been abused and wouldn’t cuddle anymore. I decided she was coming home to me for good. My wife didn’t speak to me for 3 weeks afterwards. Two months later the Fayette county animal control came in and took most of the dogs and destroyed them that very night. It was awful. She would have died a horrible death if it wasn’t that black X on her head. That was over 16 years ago. I just put Maggie down on Monday August 17th after struggling for weeks to finally be brave enough. She was terrified of the vet and I did not want her to die afraid. I was terrified of losing her. We gave her 3 xanex from the vet and calmed her down enough to put her to rest. She died eating a McDonalds double cheeseburger in my hands. She was 3/4 BMC and 1//4 Plott. She was the most loving little dog we have ever had and at 60 years of age I wish I was young enough for another one but a BMC is not the kind of dog that would get over the loss of their owner easily. This is to you my miss Pie….my Maggie Pie. See you in heaven I hope.

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Ben Team

Hey, Ben. Sorry to hear about Maggie’s passing, but we’re glad you were able to be together when it was her time.
Thanks so much for sharing her story with us.

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Sue

We have a Black mouth cur/ Shepard cross. Abbie will be two in September and is a wonderful dog. We have had four other dogs in the past and I must admit that I love this breed. They are everything that you said they are. Abbie is very sensitive, loving, loyal, active dog who loves everyone. We call her our social butterfly, she wants to visit everyone whether it’s a dog, cat, people or other animals. Wonderful pets!!!

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Vanessa A Webb

My husband and I adopted a BMC named Liam. The shelter told us that he was a lab mix from North Carolina, but he’s actually a small black mouth cur. He’s also our first dog together and we live in an apartment, but usually one person is home with him during the day. He was extremely easy to train, probably the easiest dog in my experience. He’s intelligent and food motivated. I agree that BMCs are very loyal and affectionate, he hates being alone and is very attached to us. He does get protective of me and is quite sensitive. Overall he’s an amazing dog and it’s really interesting learning more about his breed.

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Barbara A Wheeler

I just got a cur brindle so have been reading about her. She is very smart, I’ve had her3 days and shes about house broke. She loves the grand kids.

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MK

I’m a first-time owner and live in an apartment. I got 2 yr old BMC from the shelter. The shelter told she was an Australian Shepard and Lab mix, but based on her personality, she is not. Since I got to know she is BMC, I feel very sorry for her because she is not an apartment dog and needs space. I take her for 60-90 mins walks, and on top of that, she self entertains herself with the toys and is very goofy. I have not seen her bark. She is a beauty, gets a lot of looks from people during walks, needs lots of back rubs, scared of the elevator. She doesn’t jump on countertops, doesn’t chew on cables hanging from my work desk or on furniture, she doesn’t get on the couch and doesn’t get on my bed without calling her, gets excited about cats, squirrels and want to say hi to every person walking. I love her a lot, and I feel bad that she can’t have a good home experience with me. I will also be working from the office and will be away for 6 hrs from October and not sure how to handle her then. I hate to use a crate. I’m in a fix, not sure to keep her or find a right home for her. I don’t want her to be in the shelter again. Any tips?

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Ben Team

Hey, MK. That’s a tough one, and we’re sorry about the shelter’s misidentification — that’s a bummer for you and your pooch
(Also, as an aside, that’s part of the reason we’re pretty big fans of canine DNA tests.)

On the one hand, you’re right: A BMC will probably benefit from having a big yard. She needs plenty of room to run, jump, play, and explore.

But on the other hand, it sounds like she’s doing really well with you! And we’d hate to see her have to start all over in a new home with a new pup parent.
Also, you said: “I feel bad that she can’t have a good home experience with me.” That doesn’t necessarily sound like the case — you paint a picture of a pretty happy doggo, who’s enjoying a pretty awesome, if imperfect, life.

Ultimately, you’ll just have to weigh the pros and cons and make the best decision you can for both of you. The most sensible option is probably to try things out once you have to return to work and see how she handles it. She may surprise you and just hang out all day waiting for you to get home. If she starts going stir crazy of becoming destructive, you may have to find her a new home, but a wait-and-see approach is probably best for all parties.

We wish you the very best of luck! Let us know how it goes.

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Mk

Thanks Ben. Yes, I have decided to try before giving up on her. I’m also looking for some training for both of us :-). i also need training to communicate with her. I giving myself and her 2 months to see how things workout.

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Dana

I have a BMC myself, and yes, they can be bit much at times, but they make up for it in SO many ways. Buster is sweet, a GREAT doorbell, but he digs to China when he gets a chance to, LOL! I have had dogs all of my life and there is just something different about a BMC that you can not put your finger on. Mine is loyal to a fault, VERY protective of my family, when he is off leash he sticks around me like glue and he does not like his “mom” to get out of his sight for one minute! He was a rescue.

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Cathy

Buttons was labeled a “shephed mix” when I rescued her from the humane society. She was just a tiny little handful <3 after seeing a pic IDENTICAL to her— thinking BMC is what she is! I'd attach a pic if I could. The resemblance is uncanny, as well as many of the characteristics mentioned. Thanks!

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Ben Team

Hey, Cathy.
We’d love to see Buttons!
Just check out our photo uploader.
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Sonja Harman

We adopted Jaine from a Kentucky kill shelter, delivered to us in Md. She was online as a boxer, lab mix. The vet said she’s a mutt; pit bull for her ears, shedpherd for her black mouth, hound for her tail, ridgeback for her hair that stands up. Lo and behold after 6 years we stumbled upon the black mouthed cur online and there was Jaine, royalty after all. She is very loyal, protective, intelligent and sensitive. She does mope if not enough attention. She has a nice big yard, and is beside herself when we go on frequent hikes. They have to be exercised. She does not do well with little kids. She doesn’t do well with other dogs, but our fault for not socializing her. When with a pack they let her know to back off, but I don’t think she’d do well if we brought another dog in her territory. She is very sweet and I feel safe with her around.

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Laurie

Thanks for the great article Ben. We got our Black Mouth Cur from a local Colorado shelter as a puppy. If you can dedicate the time and energy needed to raise this majestic breed, you will not be disappointed. Our gal is happiest when ‘working’ and we can travel anywhere outdoors and always feel protected w/ her by our side. She’s smiley, loving and with lots of training — great with kids too. #CurLife

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Erick

We love our BMC. She a great family dog smiles all the time, but she is protective. Nothing walks by our house with out us knowing rabbit person leaves I mean nothing lol. They are great dogs and your description is to the tee.

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Danny Cordoba

I have a pure bred BMC and totally agree with all of this. He is on the larger side, one year old and already 80 pounds and 24 inches at the shoulder.

They most definitely need plenty of socialization, as a very young pup he would protect me and my space from anyone or anything, even deer. They are fearless and don’t know what it means to back down. People thought it was cute but you have to understand that if you allow that behavior to continue you may run into problems later on.

He loves people but if he senses something off about a stranger he will go into a high alert mode, in which he seemingly turns to stone and watches them very closely. If I tell him that it everything is okay he trusts me and relaxes.

Due to his eager to please nature I was able to get him to control his barking and apartment life is possible. If you plan on having one in an apartment you need to go on long walks throughout the day and find places to let them run around, like a big off-leash dog park. Tug of war is very good for tiring him out as well.

Keep in mind they can be very strong and adore attention. In my case it seems to be that his goal is to feel like I approve of him and his behavior and to get all my love.

I could not have chosen a better dog and if you are considering one you can’t go wrong!

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Ben Team

Thanks for sharing, Danny!
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Mary H

We think our dog Hella is a black mouth cur. She was a stray puppy, so we didn’t get any information on her. She is a very energetic young lady who takes her job of running off any squirrel that gets in our yard very seriously. She is incredible with my grandchildren. When we had a guy in to work on the cable, she herded them into a corner and stayed between them and him. She usually sleeps with them. She is so smart. When I first got her a Kong toy and stuffed it with treats, it took her about an hour to figure out that if she dropped it off the back of the couch, it bounce and the treats would come out. Can’t imagine life without her!

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Mickey Davis

I have 2 BMC. You honestly could not ask for a better dog. My female is 2 yo and didn’t get socialized much as a pup, so she’s a bit aggressive toward strangers. My newest pup is 12 weeks old and is being taken everywhere we go so he can meet as many people as possible. They both are working dogs and live in the house. Your article is spot on about them.

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April

I adopted my sweet Nellie from a local pet store hosting shelter dogs. They said she was a lab mix so I prepared for her to get fairly large. It never happened… a year and a half later, I find out that she is a beautiful, energetic black mouth cur. I am so glad though that I understand her needs now that I know what breed she is. Thank you so much for creating such a detailed article on her breed. I understand why she loves being off leash and running into the woods to romp around. She is always good and checks in with me before going off and playing again. She is very loving, sweet (giving me lots of kisses!) and is protective of her home. Even though, I am not the ideal candidate to be her owner, (We live in an apartment and she is my very first dog.) she is the best dog and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. ^_^

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Ben Team

Glad you found the article helpful, April!
Also, we commend you on adapting to your dog’s needs, even though you guys may not be the ideal match on paper.
Best of luck!

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Dimitri Chappas

Our sweet Sandie girl came from the animal shelter. We weren’t super familiar with BMC until we did the “identify your dog” app using a scanned photo. She hits all the characteristics. She is, without a doubt, the most loving, loyal and protective dog I have ever had. She is always at my feet and craves companionship- happiest when someone is home. She is wary of strangers but never aggressive. Other dogs and any animal, bird, insect or reptile is fair game for chase. She needs a long walk twice a day. Would get another in a heartbeat.

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Lee Fairchild

Why not show pictures that are a black mouth cur instead of a leopard Cur in this article

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Ben Team

Hey, Lee. Huh — I don’t know how those photos ended up here. Must have just been an uploading mistake.
At any rate, I’ve swapped them out for photos of black-mouthed curs.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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Ann

Doogal is a rescue dog we were told he was boxer/lab mix we took him home at 8 weeks
He grew quickly He has so much energy we walk. Him 3x a day and he would play ball all day with three minute breaks all that he needs to recoup He is very smart but also stubborn and wants it his way so a strong person needs to train him He has proved to be extremely loyal and protective but not in an aggressive way he just knows who his family is He makes us laugh he knows when he is in trouble and is so sorry if told he has been a bad dog he will put his front legs around your neck and hug you until you admit he is good and we love him and we do e can see a squirrel in the front yard and races to the back door knowing that squirrel will run the fence line to the tree in the backyard He has the memory of an elephant and the “nose” of a bloodhoundHe is asleep on my bed at 8:30 Pm just like clockwork every night

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Theresa

We have a BMC mix. He is awesome, very loving and super smart. I had never heard of a BMC until we were searching up possible breeds that he could be. The shelter told us he was red lab and doberman mix. But he didnt act like either of the breeds. We did a dna test and now his behaviors all make since. He was a handful in the begining but we were first time dog owners. We hired a professional trainer who helped us understand him and taught us how to train him. He is a cuddle bug to our family but he is very protective and absolutely doesn’t like other dogs. He is good with our small pets which is suprising because they are prey driven. He was learning experience but he rescued us almost 3 yrs ago and I wouldn’t change him for the world.

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Kathleen

I rescued our dog from an agency. He is from Mississippi. They found him abandoned in the woods and said he was s bloodhound/lab mix. He acted like a boxer using his arms to grab and clutch you when playing. But, when I discovered the BMC breed recently, I am convinced this is what he is. He is lovable, high energy, a very good watchdog, and loves the outdoors. He isn’t that big, maybe 45 lbs., but very powerful- big head, thigh neck, but fairly agile legs and paws. He takes off running in super fast spurts of energy and loves to track and chase squirrels and deer. Very docile to my grandkids but can be rambunctious. He is quite the character and very loyal. Doesn’t like to be corrected and can be very independent, but will comply once he gets his way!

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JJ

Our BMC is a dream. Her parents were hunting dogs, and a friend of mine recused her mama when the “owner” wanted to shoot her because she would not hunt (she was pregnant, idiot).

I took a pup from her, and our “pup” is now two. She is a house dog, beautiful tan with black mouth and eye marking. You do need to give them lots of exercise, house dog or not. They have perfect form with great long legs.

All true about the breed description above. Note: they DO need to be socialized. They are VERY protective of their family and home.

They will also think its their job to heard other dogs in the family, kids in the family etc (but the are also protective of them too.)

Get me right on this – they are not evilly aggressive to strangers or others – just protective, and they literally crave attention and support/approval of their “human”. More than any other breed I have seen, and I have had dogs all my life.

My Good Girl has never bitten anyone, don’t think she ever would. But to be sure when the Fedex Man comes, she does give a very deep jucy growl and bark. The guy hears this, throws the package at the door, and takes off running.

The Good Girl also loves to get under the bedcovers when its cold. All 70 pounds worth. ==)

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Meghan

I love your response. We just got a BMC, she is 10 weeks and will be a house dog woth some hunting. She is very loveable and rambunctious. How much exercise is a lot? Im expecting 3 mile daily walks and some backyard playing. Will this be enough or do you think she will need more?

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Debbie

We were rescued by a BMC in July, although the organization thought she was a young Australian Shepherd/Hound mix. My husband discovered she was a BMC and she hits every characteristic and adjective on the nose. Super smart, chews on everything she can reach, but she is the sweetest girl! We’re in classes now and she’s so quick to pick up on things. We just adore our Nala. Can’t imagine how we lived without her! I’ll tell anyone I come across how wonderful this breed is.

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Genevieve

The Humane Society said they thought she was Staphaschire Shepard mix we didn’t quite see it, thought maybe Shepard Boxer.. but now… this ticks all the boxes. We love her no matter what breed she is but it’s always good to understand their lineage. Thank you.

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Corrie

I have a BMC and she’s wonderful, she has the black mouth with dark ears and a dark tipped tail. She’s very loving. And great with my daughter. She is very protective of us and the home. She was easy to train. But I’ve had dogs my whole life. I would highly recommend a BMC. I swooped this one out of a county shelter and will definitely look for another when that time comes.

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Ben Team

She sounds great, Corrie. Thanks for sharing!

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Alexis Chambers

I got my black mouth cur almost 2 years ago now from a shelter and he is an anomaly. He is 40lbs with the tan coat, dark ears, white on the chest and black face. He is a total sweetheart and definitely a dog that loves to be kept busy. He is actually my service dog. We did all his behavioral testing and have been training for almost 2 years and I’m excited for him to help me through my daily life. He is actually very quiet and is okay with the fact I have to have a slower lifestyle, as long as he gets his time at the dog park a few times a week. I can’t ask for a better companion and savior.

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Rich

We have a BMC too. She was a rescue dog from the local shelter. Shes is an absolutely amazing dog. We have noticed that she does tend to herd my kids smaller friends. Shes also very protective of my kids when I rough house with them. My son will rough house with the dog, and she loves every moment of it. I would definitely buy another BMC again! Great article. Thanks.

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