A true American dog, the Black Mouth Cur is one of the country’s top hunting and utility dogs throughout history. Native to the United States, this breed is one of the first few dogs to ever be used for herding flock and cattle. They became even more popular after the film Old Yeller was released, a movie where the titular character happens to be a Black Mouth Cur. At present, Black Mouth Curs are more popular as a family guard dog and overall companion, especially to children. They have, however, retained their working skills and have the tendency to excel in a lot of canine sports. This breed is a fearless, well-rounded and intelligent, which will make for a great addition to the right home and owner.
One of the canine sports that is quickly rising in popularity today is disc dog. In essence, disc dog is basically Frisbee but with canines involved. While any dog breed can play this game, it is usually the athletic, medium-sized breeds (with herding or retrieving backgrounds) that excel in this sport, including the Black Mouth Cur. While the game seems similar to fetch, there is the added difficulty level given how unpredictable a disc can be when thrown. More than just playtime, however, disc dog also highlights the working relationship and communication between the handler (usually the owner) and their dog.
By nature, Black Mouth Curs are outgoing and keen to try new things. Dogs are also generally fond of seeing new things and enjoying nature. With these qualities, your Black Mouth Cur has the potential to be a great adventure buddy to have along. Take your Cur on a “backpacking” trip as you set out for a couple of days involving some camping and hiking, usually in highlands. This trip is a fun and special way to form an even stronger relationship with your pooch. Moreover, taking on the outdoors can help your Black Mouth Cur let off some steam and stay in tiptop shape.
As you can probably guess from the name, dog carting is a canine activity wherein a dog is tasked to pull a “dogcart” (a kind of light horse-drawn vehicle), normally filled with various supplies such as groceries, farm goods, firewood or other types of equipment. At times, the cart can even contain people. While dog carting is mainly recreational, the competitive sport form is known as mushing and is normally taken on by sled dog competitors for training during the off-season. Black Mouth Curs are a great choice for dog carting because they are a working-class breed with a knack for taking on tasks. This activity also helps Curs perform the functions they were originally developed for.
Like most dogs, Black Mouth Curs have a sharp sense of smell. This can be honed further by trying some nose work activities. A good example would be to hide treats around the house and have your dog look for it. You can take things up a notch by hiding other items such as toys in hard to find areas or open spaces.
When you feel like having a drink or two, chances are you’ll have to leave your dog behind at home. Luckily, pet-friendly wineries and breweries have become a fast-growing trend across the entire country. Nowadays, it’s so easy to find a place where you can bring your dog with you while enjoying some booze. Stay in the patio or outdoor area and try some of the finest brews and wines while spending time with your pooch.
The Black Mouth Cur is a smart and versatile dog that any pet lover would be lucky to have. They can be assigned different “jobs” or can serve merely as a companion and watchdog. However, those who own or are looking to get a Black Mouth Cur should be aware of the breed’s activity requirements and what it takes to keep them happy and healthy.