Enter, the Black Mouth Cur mountain dog—also simply known as, the Black Mouth Cur. While Black Mouth Curs aren’t considered a breed in the “livestock guardian” dog breeds, they are “guardians”. The different between a livestock guardian and a guardian dog is simply that the livestock guardian warns first instead of attacking. And sometimes, never attack with the intent to harm or kill a predator. A guardian may warn, but will most certainly attack a predator with the intent to kill. This is why we chose this breed. We have resilient predators here, including bear. And we needed a tough pup that was up to the job!
As I read through the extensive history of this breed, and the fact that the breeding lineage has been kept fairly narrow over the past century, I was sold. The Black Mouth Cur is a herding, hunting, and guardian dog that has been traced back all the way to 347 BC. The Celts are widely attributed to the development of the Cur breed, and by 1000 to 600 BC, they had already developed several different lines of Curs. Each lineage had a certain job, but each one also excelled in any job you gave it—be it herding, guarding, or hunting. When the Irish and Celts came to settle in the United States, they brought their beloved dogs with them, and so began the Black Mouth Cur generations here in the U.S.A.
In the meantime, she sleeps at the foot of our bed, and curls up in between our heads when she catches a chill. And in the mornings, she smothers us in kisses. And you know what, that’s ok with me too. This breed in exceptionally versatile and goes against everything I’ve ever learned about LGDs. I’m hopeful this bond will continue through the remainder of her live here in our homestead, and beyond.