/ he term cur has a negative connotation for some people; perhaps they believe it means a mixed-breed dog or a bad dog. Curs originated in rural America, primarily in the South, and were bred specifically to do a job. They were most often mixed-breed dogs, and in most cases no attention was paid to breed; these were working dogs. However, over time, some have evolved into breeds that now breed true.
The Black Mouth Cur is a medium-sized to large dog, 16 to 25 inches tall and weighing between 50 and 100 pounds. She has a black muzzle (hence the name) and a short coat that is fawn, yellow, or brindle. She is muscular and strong with dropped ears and a tail that is docked or naturally short.
The short coat requires weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or curry comb.
As with many hunting breeds, the Black Mouth Cur is very active. She needs a good long run every day. Although many hunting dogs do not understand the joys of agility training or some of the other canine sports, she can learn to do them and wear off excess energy in the process. She should be allowed to run off leash only in a fenced-in area; this devoted hunting dog loves to hunt, and no amount of calling will bring her back in mid-chase.
Training this dog can be a challenge. She will not tolerate rough or harsh training, and yet even with positive training, she will think before responding. As a hunter of large game, she must think for herself, and your commands will be followed only after she thinks it's appropriate to do so. If you want a compliant dog who follows orders well, do not get this breed.
The Black Mouth Cur, however, is utterly and totally devoted to her family. She is wonderful with children and will place herself between a child and danger with no thought of the threat to herself. She may even place herself between a child and an angry parent. She should not be trusted with smaller pets; remember, this is a hunting dog.
Breed in Brief
Registries: UKC, American Black Mouth Cur Breeders Association Occupation: Herder, hunter Size: 16 to 25 in tall; 50 to
100 lbs Longevity: 10 to 12 years Exercise: Energetic Training: Challenge Grooming: Easy
lack Russian Terrier his breed was developed by the Russian military as a versatile, trainable, working dog. The Airedale Terrier, Giant Schnauzer, and Rottweiler were the primary breeds used, but Newfoundlands and the Caucasian Ovtcharka were also a part of the mix. The Black Russian Terrier was recognized as a breed by the USSR Ministry of Agriculture in 1981.
This large, powerful breed stands 26 to 30 inches tall and weighs 90 to 150 pounds. The head is large and broad, the eyes are small and dark, and the ears are dropped. The body is slightly longer than the dog is tall at the shoulders. There is a thick undercoat. The outer coat is black and is straight to wavy. The dog has a terrier beard, eyebrows, and mustache.
This breed's coat does need some grooming upkeep. It must be brushed regularly, and every four to six weeks it needs to be trimmed. The beard is often wet and may need drying, combing, or special care. Black Russian Terriers need daily exercise. They will enjoy a couple of walks a day but also need time to run, play on the agility course, or chase a ball. Without exercise, and if left alone too much, they are prone to making their own fun.
This breed is very watchful and protective, so early training and socialization are very important. The training should be structured and firm yet fun. There shouldn't be too much repetition; this breed is designed to be highly trainable. Black Russians can have fun with training, too, though they can be mischievous and a bit stubborn. Training should continue in some form (obedience, trick training, canine sports) into adulthood.
The Black Russian Terrier can be a great family dog for an experienced dog owner who understands the breed's needs. She is good with older children who treat her with respect. She may not be good with other dogs, especially those of the same sex. She is usually good with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia and eye problems.
Breed in Brief
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Versatile work-
100 lbs Longevity: 10 to 12 years Exercise: Active Training: Moderate Grooming: Difficult
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