Mountain curs are squarely proportioned and possess great agility and athleticism. They are so names because their squarish muzzle is often black along with their black lips (and usually inside the mouth, too). BMC's have high-set, medium sized ears that drop down and attractive eyes that can be brown, yellow or even green. The coat of this breed is shorter than that of the Mountain Cur and can be fine or rough and comes in quite a few shades with yellow being very popular (see color section). The tail can be naturally bobbed or long. Overall, this is a medium-large sized versatile working dog.
BMCs are very intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train if you are an experienced dog owner. If not, establishing yourself as the authority is imperative; firm, consistent commands with plenty of praise, affection and treats for good behavior will work perfectly for this sensitive breed. Black Mouth Cur information is all pretty much in agreement that this breed needs little training for its duties (hunting, herding, protecting). Early socialization is a must so he/she will not become overprotective.
Members of this breed make excellent family companions-- they are gentle and playful with kids and have strong protective instincts in regards to their property and family. Typically social and friendly with other dogs, homes with cats and other small pets are not suitable for their high prey instincts. This breed needs daily human companionship and may bark excessively when bored, otherwise these dogs are fairly quiet.
BMCs need 1-2 hours of daily exercise and may get bored and anxious without it. They are natural hunters and are excellent for treeing, hunting small game, herding cattle and even hunting large game. Their natural athleticism also makes them appropriate companions for runs, hikes, and even swims! Some of these dogs also excel at weight pulling.