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Origin / History In the southern part of the United States, there are various cur-type dogs that are being used by local sportsmen and hunters. In 1964, the Ladner Black Mouth Cur became the first type of Black Mouth Cur to be registered. These dogs were used for tracking animals such as raccoons, bobcats, mountain lions, bears and squirrels through treetops.

The Red Alabama Black Mouth Cur is said to have originated from Alabama, although this type of cur can be found in Tennessee and Florida as well. These curs have been used as pioneer dogs for hunting, gathering pigs and cattle, and for protecting the home. There are several breeders in Alabama who are still working towards improving and retaining the Red Black Mouth Cur.

Due to the efforts of several breeders of Black Mouth Curs, the United Kennel Club bestowed recognition on the breed. Other types of Black Mouth Curs include the Wetherford Ben Texas Black Mouth Cur and the Florida Black Mouth Cur.

Appearance Black Mouth Curs are muscular and sturdy dogs. Their muzzle is powerful and is black, tan, or has the same colour as the dog's coat. Black is the preferred colour for the muzzle because other colours are considered a fault. These dogs have medium-sized hanging ears. These dogs can have a lengthy tail, although there are many that are born with a short tail, or have owners who choose to have their dog's tail docked. The chest of these dogs is solid and deep.

Colours The coat of the Black Mouth Cur can come in various shades of fawn, brindle and yellow. The muzzle of these dogs should be black.

Temperament Dogs of this breed make great hunting dogs because they are naturally great at treeing and baying. When hunting, these dogs are powerful and relentless. When they're with their family, though, they are protective, kind, and loyal. These dogs get along well with children and are even protective of them. They are even-tempered and would fiercely protect their family in case of danger. It is important, though, that non-canine pets are kept away from Black Mouth Curs.

Height and Weight Black Mouth Curs have a height that ranges from 16 to 25 inches and a weight that falls between 45 and 95 pounds.

Common Health Problems The Black Mouth Cur is considered to be a very hardy breed. Dogs of this breed, however, are susceptible to eyelid entropion.

Living Conditions These dogs should not be kept inside apartments. It would be best for Black Mouth Curs to be provided with at least a large yard where they will have plenty of room to run around and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Dogs of this breed need plenty of exercise. They should be taken out for long, brisk walks daily. It would also be good for owners to take these dogs out jogging. If these dogs are not given adequate exercise, they may develop various behavior problems.

Training Requirements These dogs are sensitive to their master's voice, so a stern voice should be used sparingly. To keep these dogs from getting bored, owners should have frequent but short training sessions. Harsh training methods should not be used on these dogs.

Life Expectancy The average life span of Black Mouth Curs ranges from 12 to 16 years.

Grooming Owners should comb and brush the coat of the Black Mouth Cur to remove loose and dead hairs. These dogs should be bathed only when necessary because frequent bathing can dry out the dogs' skin and cause problems. It's also important that the ear canals of these dogs are rid of excess hair. Aside from that, owners shouldn't forget to clip the toenails of these dogs.

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