Black Mouth Cur Temperament: Do They Make Good Family Dogs?

Written by Maura Hoff
Updated: October 27, 2023
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The black mouth cur is a versatile dog breed that has gained popularity as a wonderful family dog. It is known for loyalty, intelligence, and affection, making it a perfect fit for families of all sizes and lifestyles. With strong protective instincts, a gentle demeanor, and undying devotion, the black mouth cur can play numerous roles within a family dynamic. Read on to learn about the black mouth cur temperament and why it is an exceptional breed for those seeking a loving and dependable dog for their home.

Is a Black Mouth Cur a Good Family Dog?

A black mouth cur - breed in the field

The black mouth cur is commonly referred to as the “Southern Cur” due to its early heritage.

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The black mouth cur is a working breed bred by southern American settlers. Wanting to create a versatile breed, they combined watchdogs, herding dogs, and hunting dogs to create the unmistakable tan-colored dog with the black snout. Often referred to as the “Southern Cur,” these dogs built a reputation as a highly intelligent, adaptable dog that is loyal to their people. The black mouth cur is considered a good family dog because of these characteristics.


To understand the black mouth cur temperament, know that its defining trait is loyalty. This trait alone is what makes the black mouth cur a good family dog. This breed forms strong bonds with its people and is well-known as fiercely protective when it comes to its human companions. They were historically bred as watchdogs, so this isn’t surprising. They will alert their loved ones to potential threats, and they understand the importance of protecting children in their families.


If a breed is considered a good family dog, it is generally affectionate and gentle. While its protective instincts are a primary trait, the black mouth cur is also affectionate with its family members. An overall loving dog, they choose to stay physically close to loved ones. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see this breed cuddling on the couch or playing in the yard with kids. The combination of protectiveness and gentle affection makes the black mouth cur a great choice for a family with children.


The black mouth cur is naturally patient and tolerant, and it is also extremely intelligent. Because of this, they are relatively easy to train and are quick learners. However, it’s important to understand that the black mouth cur is an independent thinker. They thrive on mental stimulation, so challenging training exercises are essential to their development.

Consistent training schedules and positive reinforcement are key when training – this helps ensure they respond accurately to commands, bond with their trainer, and develop good behavior overall. Understanding dog communication and body language is extremely valuable during training, especially with the black mouth cur.

Versatile Working Breed

The black mouth cur needs plenty of exercise because of its high energy. While they are gentle and affectionate with kids, sometimes they can be a bit rambunctious with little ones. This is why many people choose to use them on a farm or as a hunting companion. They excel in a variety of roles in addition to hunting and are often useful as herding dogs. Their versatility makes them ideal for families with active lifestyles.

Because these dogs have a need for a lot of activity and engagement, it is not recommended they live in an apartment. A yard with space to run is ideal, but be prepared to exercise with them daily. The black mouth cur is easily bored without a lot of activity and mental stimulation. This can lead to anxious behavior, and they can become destructive. Providing plenty of tasks and activities that engage both the mind and the body is key to keeping the black mouth cur content in your home.

Do Black Mouth Curs Bark a Lot?

A closeup of a Black Mouth Cur in a park covered in trees and grass with a blurry background

This breed can bark often, which makes them common farm dogs.

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Because of its deeply rooted protective instincts, the black mouth cur can be territorial and vocal. This means they have a tendency to bark often. Many people choose to keep them as farm dogs or in rural settings because of this behavior. It’s important to remember that not all barks are the same. Dog barks have different meanings, but you can learn to differentiate through training and time. Teaching the “Quiet” command can also be helpful if your dog excessively barks.

Do Black Mouth Curs Get Along with Other Animals?

The black mouth cur is a territorial dog with a strong prey drive. While it is not unheard of for them to share a home with cats and small animals, it is not typically recommended. They stay fairly neutral with other dogs with proper training and socialization.

Be cautious of bringing a black mouth cur to a family with other dogs living in the home. Their protective instincts may result in animosity between the dogs. Training with a behavior specialist can help, but dogs can be unpredictable, so it’s important to understand the risks.

Early Socialization is Key

Fawn and White Color Shorthaired Black Mouth Cur Puppy Playing Outside on Sunny Day

Socializing the black mouth cur at a young age will help to avoid future shyness or aggression.

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Like the majority of dog breeds, proper socialization is key to a well-trained black mouth cur. Early exposure to different types of people, animals, public places, and environments is crucial to ensuring a well-adjusted adult dog. Socialization helps avoid potential shyness or aggression that can develop in some dogs.

Socialization is also giving yourself peace of mind when your pet is around strangers and children. The black mouth cur is a breed that will impress many people with its sought-after temperament and devotion, but it’s up to the owner to help ensure it develops properly. With proper training, socialization, and consistent activity, the black mouth cur can make a lasting impact on you and your family.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Wirestock Creators/

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About the Author

Maura Hoff is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is dogs, travel, and hiking. She has been writing for over 10 years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. When Maura isn't writing, she spends time with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Basil and Sunny, in the Colorado mountains. Her passions are cooking, reading, music, and quoting her favorite show, The Office.

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