SOUTHERN BLACK MOUTH CUR (BMC)
|A male version of Lucky|
They say the black mouth doesn't refer to the black mask, but to the black pigmented lips and inner mouth. Some BMC's don't have black on their faces. Well shuckins, why don't the breeders select for that distinctive black mask and develop a specific breed that looks exactly like Lucky? Everyone think's she's gorgeous.
|Lucky's long legs, sitting beside Maxie on our |
backyard A-frame, checking out the birds.
|Lucky's very distinctive spike.|
They didn't mention BMC's being expert armadillo killers, either, which she certainly is, having killed several who dared to nest under our house. But they did say BMC's are popular in Texas, and from reading the book Texas, I know the settlers there had a terrible armadillo problem and her skills would have been noticed and widely prized.
The "southern" aspect comes from the short single layer coat, medium size, and long legs suited to running on flatter terrain, supposedly originating in either Tennessee or Mississippi. "Northern" curs evolved or were bred to have thicker, longer coats to protect them from the cold, stocker bodies for hunting larger prey (like bears) and thicker bones and bigger feet to handle the mountainous terrain, the most famous example being Old Yeller from the Walt Disney movie. I well remember loving that movie and that dog.
|Lucky at 1 year old, 40 lbs.|
|BMC Folk Art Dog|
And, in keeping with the Papillon Paraphranalia I love to collect, there seems to be a bit of BMC Paraphranalia out there as well. Here's what I've seen so far: