It ain’t nice to be called or to call someone a ‘cur’. A ‘cur’, when used on another fellow human basically means a despicable or cowardly person. However, in the dog world, a cur is used to describe a mongrel that isn’t too friendly or aggressive in nature.
Not many dog owners would be too keen on mating their dogs with a cur or even getting a cur mix breed. But the amazing thing about dogs is that there can be times when you mix too different breeds and out pops something interesting and amazing,
In this case, we will be talking about the Mountain Cur Beagle mix and the Black Mouth Cur beagle mix.
How viable are these two dog breeds and should you consider getting such a hybrid dog breed?
Let us find out.
What Makes A Dog A Cur?
The cur might seem like a derogatory term to use on someone but it is commonly used on mutts that are not very friendly.
Interestingly enough, a cur was actually a known dog breed in the UK back in the 1800s. It was bred to be a farm and herding dog. They were smart and hardworking dogs. Unfortunately, this dog breed became extinct in the mid-19th century.
In America, the word cur is also used on dogs that have short tails and are bred to be hunting and herding dogs.
The Mountain Cur
The Mountain Cur is exactly a dog breed that is recognized by the American Kennel Club. This dog breed can be considered a medium-sized dog with short hair and make good hunters.
The Mountain Cur is full of energy and good tree instincts. Besides being good trackers, they make good family dogs and watchdogs.
Being very active dogs, they require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to stay engaged. Otherwise, they might start to exhibit destructive behaviors at home.
Mountain Cur Beagle Mix Breed
This mixed breed is a cross between the Mountain Cur and the Beagle. One thing for sure is that you will be getting a dog that is a very active and good hunting dog. Mountain Curs are working dogs and Beagles are known for their great tracking skills. Don’t be surprised to see your Cur Beagle Mix proudly go about with a dead mouse in its mouth.
A Mountain Cur does seem to look like a bigger version of the Beagle together with its floppy ears.
The size of this mixed breed would largely depend on the size of their parents. A Mountain Cur and Beagles do differ rather greatly in size. A Mountain Cur can grow up to be about 24-26 inches in height and a Beagle about 13-15 inches tall.
Definitely not as bad as trying to mate a German Shepherd with a Chihuahua.
A Mountain Cur Beagle mix wouldn’t be the easiest breed to handle given the stubborn streak of a Beagle. But they are very trainable which makes life a lot easier for the owner.
This dog breed is also very loyal, sweet and intelligent.
The Black Mouth Cur
The Black Mouth Cur is also known to be a great farm and hunting dog. They have a sensitive side to them and respond well to positive reinforcement. This dog breed also makes excellent family dogs and is very in tune with its owner’s emotions.
Some might say that the Black Mouth Cur dog breed is very similar to the Mountain Cur. Put them both side by side and it can hard to tell the difference.
But they are a number of distinct differences between the two.
The Black Mouth Cur is about the same size in terms of height but it is a lot heavier than the Mountain Cur. On average, a Mountain Cur weighs about 30-60 lbs and a Black Mouth Cur about 50-95 lbs.
One easy way to differentiate a Black Mouth Cur would be its black muzzle which is where it got its name from. This dog comes in a variety of colors but always has a black mouth.
The Black Mouth Cur can also be harder to train as compared to the Mountain Cur. And when it comes to being friendly to people outside of family, the Black Mouth Cur might not be as sociable as the Mountain Cur.
Black Mouth Cur Beagle Mix
Many dog owners will agree that this hybrid dog breed is rather rare. The Black Mouth Cur is usually only found in the United States and rarely in other parts of the world.
But both parent breeds are great dogs which would make the Black Mouth Cur Beagle mix a great breed to own as well.
If you are looking for a great family dog, look no further. The Black Mouth Cur beagle mix is great with people and kids as both purebred dogs are gentle pooches.
Before I adopted my dog, I was on the lookout for one that has short hair and doesn’t shed much. My cat is already a shedding machine and having to deal with two shedders at home is more than I can handle.
This mixed breed comes with short hair and doesn’t shed as much as long hair dogs. A great pick if you don’t wish to brush your dog twice a day.
The Black Mouth Cur Beagle mix is an intelligent dog which makes them respond faster and better to commands.
Intelligent dogs are good to have as they are always ready to anticipate your commands and movements.
What Is The Best Breed To Breed With A Beagle?
It is hard to find an animal lover that isn’t smitten by the Beagle. These vocal dogs with their flobby ears and winning personalities make them popular dogs to breed with.
Beagles are calm, docile and relatively small in size. They make great family dogs and have a huge appetite. These curious dogs are great scavengers and will eat almost anything that seems edible even pine cones.
A good breeding partner would be another dog breed of a similar size and a bit more energetic to offset the beagle’s laidbackness.
These other breeds can be:
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel
- Miniature Pinscher
Mixed breeds can be a mixed bag at times especially when the personality traits clash instead of complimenting each other.
If you are looking for a great family dog that is loving, loyal, affectionate and trainable, you can’t really go wrong with either hybrid breed.
The more difficult part is trying to find one from a good breeder.