Black Mouth Cur Lifespan: How Long Do These Pups Live?

Written by Amber LaRock
Updated: October 20, 2023
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Are you planning to welcome a lovable Black Mouth Cur into your family? If so, then now is the time to educate yourself on the Black Mouth Cur’s general lifespan. From the breed’s standard life stages to their most common health issues, let’s break it all down!

How Long Does The Black Mouth Cur Live?

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The average Black Mouth Cur lifespan is 12 to 18 years.

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Most Black Mouth Curs will live anywhere from 12 to 18 years on average. These pups are considered medium to large breed dogs, so they tend to live slightly longer than other large or giant breed canine friends.

Most Black Mouth Cur dogs will live a healthy and happy life when offered daily exercise, a quality diet, regular vet care, and plenty of enrichment. Just remember that every Black Mouth Cur is an individual, so their average lifespan will range!

The Average Black Mouth Cur Lifespan – Puppy, Adolescence, Adult, Senior

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Most Black Mouth Cur dogs will live a healthy and happy life when offered daily exercise, a quality diet, regular vet care, and plenty of enrichment.

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Understanding what lies ahead for your growing Black Mouth Cur is essential for future Cur parents. Let’s break down what you can expect throughout their puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senior years!

Puppyhood in the Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Cur is considered a puppy from the time they are born to eight months of age. It is ideal for the Black Mouth Cur to stay with their mom and nurse until they are at least seven weeks old, and they can then transition over to a veterinary approved puppy diet once they are adopted. We suggest offering your growing Black Mouth Cur a combination of wet and dry puppy food until they are ten months old. Once they are ten months old and have completed the majority of their growth, you can then switch them over to an adult diet for medium to large breed dogs.

In addition to offering your Black Mouth Cur a diet made for puppies once you bring them home, we also suggest scheduling a puppy wellness exam with your vet as soon as you adopt them. This can allow your vet to give your Black Mouth Cur puppy a clean bill of health, and they can also begin their puppy vaccinations once they are at least eight weeks old. Your Black Mouth Cur puppy will need a series of puppy vaccinations to protect them against infectious diseases, as well as booster vaccines every year to follow. You can speak with your vet about heartworm prevention, deworming, spay and neuter, and any other wellness care questions you may have at their first veterinary exam.

Dr. Amy Nicole Lewis, a veterinarian with Worldwide Veterinary Services told A-Z Animals that it’s important to have your new puppy assessed by a veterinarian as soon as you adopt them. Not only can this ensure that your puppy is healthy, but it can also pave the way for a healthy vet and patient relationship moving forward. Regular vet care from a young age can decrease the risk of fear around vet visits down the line, and this will make everyone’s lives easier!

We also suggest diving into your Black Mouth Cur’s obedience training from the moment you bring them home. Early training and socialization can decrease the risk of undesirable behaviors down the line. You can start by introducing them to commands like sit, lay down, stay, come, and drop it. You should also introduce them to new people, new animals, new environments, and even new sounds.

Adolescence in the Black Mouth Cur

The Black Mouth Cur is considered an adolescent from eight months of age to one year. Your growing Black Mouth Cur will likely be highly energetic during this adolescent period, so you will want to offer them at least 40 minutes of daily exercise to help them blow off some steam. You should also focus on being consistent with your obedience training and socialization during this period, as your growing Black Mouth Cur may test you during this rebellious stage!

Adulthood in the Black Mouth Cur

Your loveable Black Mouth Cur is considered an adult once they reach one year of age. Though they are technically considered mature at one year, you may see them fill out in the next few months to follow. You may also notice that even though your little one is now an adult, they will still act like a playful puppy. We encourage you to keep up with their daily exercise needs to cut down on any bothersome behaviors that can occur with hyperactivity.

It’s important to have your Black Mouth Cur assessed by a vet once a year once they finally reach adulthood. This can allow you to keep up with their wellness care ranging from vaccines to heartworm prevention, as well as keep an eye out for any developing medical conditions that you may not spot on your own at home.

Senior Years in the Black Mouth Cur

Your beloved Black Mouth Cur will enter their senior years once they hit eight years of age. Your once energetic pup will be much more calm and laid back at this point, but they will still enjoy participating in their favorite activities with those they love. For example, they will still enjoy going on walks, playing with interactive toys, and accompanying you on easygoing adventures.

Your Black Mouth Cur is most at risk of developing chronic health issues during their senior years. We suggest having them assessed by your vet once or twice a year to not only keep an eye out for any sign of disease, but potentially prevent them with personalized wellness care determined by your vet. Every Black Mouth Cur will have their own unique set of care needs as they age.

How Can I Help My Black Mouth Cur Live Longer?

A black mouth cur - breed on the beach

Adequate nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and regular vet care can help your Black Mouth Cur live a long and happy life.

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You can promote health and longevity in your Black Mouth Cur by offering a combination of wellness care tools! Some of the best ways to help your Black Mouth Cur live a long life include:

  • Adequate nutrition for each Black Mouth Cur life stage is essential in promoting your little one’s health over the years. You should always offer your Black Mouth Cur an age specific diet for medium to large breed dogs during their puppyhood, adulthood, and senior years.
  • Daily exercise is essential in maintaining your Black Mouth Cur’s physical and mental health. Daily exercise can help to prevent unhealthy weight gain in your little one, and this can significantly decrease the risk of disease tied to canine obesity. Daily exercise can also help your Black Mouth Cur feel happy and fulfilled.
  • Stress reduction is a wonderful way to promote ongoing mental wellness in your Black Mouth Cur. It’s best to offer them at least 40 minutes of daily exercise, try to maintain a daily routine and structure, try not to leave your Black Mouth Cur alone too often, and offer them plenty of love and positivity.
  • Regular vet care from puppyhood to their senior years will promote ongoing health in your beloved Black Mouth Cur. We suggest having your little one assessed by a vet as soon as you bring them home, once annually as each year passes, and twice a year once they enter their senior years.

Final Thoughts On The Black Mouth Cur Lifespan

Your beloved Black Mouth Cur can live a long and healthy life when offered a combination of ongoing wellness tools. Be sure to review the tips we discussed above on how to help your Black Mouth Cur live longer, and your little one will have everything they need to thrive!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Anna Hoychuk/

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About the Author

Amber LaRock is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics surrounding pet health and behavior. Amber is a Licensed Veterinary Technician with 12 years of experience in the field, and she holds a degree in veterinary technology that she earned in 2015. A resident of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Amber enjoys volunteering with animal rescues, reading, and taking care of her two cats.

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