Foundation Black Mouth Cur Breeders Organization, Inc.Original Black Mouth Cur Breed Standard
East Texas Cur, East Texas Mountain Dog Breed Standard
Name - Original Black Mouth Cur, East Texas Cur, or East Texas
Mountain Dog. Dogs must carry East Texas Ancestry; the breed was developed in
Color Red, Red Yellow, Fawn, Golden or dark Yellow, Yellow, Light
Yellow, Sandy Yellow, to Buckskin. With or without Black Muzzle or Mask. Red
to pink markings on mouth considered "Pale Markings". Small amounts of white
allowed on head, chest, legs and tip of tail. Never black, brindle, merle, or
Head Dome flat, wide muzzle proportional to head size, good stout
Nose & Mouth Heavy, broad & square with well opened nostrils.
Eyes Large well opened, never slanted, well set apart
Color Light Green, Green, Light Yellow to brown to dark brown. Never Blue,
Cracked, Glass or White.
Ears Set and attached high on head, never down on side of head.
Ears should be thick and of a medium short to medium length.
Teeth Strong well matched, adapting in a perfect scissor bite.
Chest Broad, deep, and heavily muscled, never narrow.
Legs Well muscled with strong bone, cat footed. Should be
parallel to straight of upright body.
Feet Strong and rounded, toes well-arched and compact,
well-developed pads compact and elastic. Can be webbed footed.
Dewclaws Preferred not required, definite characteristic of the
true breed. One or two on each rear leg placed low giving a wider base of
Tail Bob to medium to long in length. Can be keen, well coated
with hair, never flag tail.
Coat Coarse to rough to fine, never wooly or long.
Neck Strong, well muscled and constructed.
Back Broad and strong with a good straight set backbone being
ideally slightly arched for speed.
Voice Total silent on track, semi-open on a very hot track is
allowed, not preferred, NEVER open like a hound. Good chop on bay or tree,
ringing cry or slight yodel allowed, Never full blown bawl mouth!
Height Males 18 to 28 inches at shoulder, females 16 to 26 inches
Weight Males 55 to 115 pounds. Females 45 to 85 pounds, height
and weight always well proportioned.
Gait Walk to canter type gait or trot gait, gallop to hard run.
Desire Hard driving working and tree dog, CATCH DOG FIRST, that
runs to catch and catches to kill. Unusually strong desire to please and work
Disposition A stay put territorial dog on home grounds, very
protective of owner or family. Predictable under stressful conditions, with
even temperament. Very loyal and affectionate towards master and family, they
will give their life if needed and are nor tolerant towards strangers.
Characteristics A fast hard hunter, they will find prey by
trailing up or winding scent, by sight or also by hearing game. Catch and bay
dogs on cattle, hogs and other big game, on herds will circle and bay, on
runoffs getting rougher and rougher and catching when necessary. Locating type
tree dog that trees because of desire to catch and kill. Excellent fighters,
sure footed, almost cat like, quick and agile. Never backs from fear,
aggressive and charges because of courage and desire to catch and kill. They
are blood dogs, and make excellent blood track dogs on all wounded game.
Intelligence and versatility make them perfect for their main purpose they
were bred for; all purpose ranch and farm stock dogs. They can also be
used for big game dogs, tree dogs, and human Search And Rescue (SAR) find
High on the Hog Kennel