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Black Mouth Pom Cur (Black Mouth Cur & Pomeranian Mix) Pictures, Traits & Facts

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Black Mouth Pom Cur

Height: 10-12 inches
Weight: 20-30 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: White, Black, Sable, Fawn, Red, Cream, Blue, Brindle
Suitable for: Active families with time for grooming and maintenance
Temperament: Smart, alert, curious, vibrant, energetic, confident, social

A cross between a Black Mouth Cur and a Pomeranian, the Black Mouth Pom Cur is a smart, sweet dog with a tendency to be a bit vocal. They’re easy to train thanks to their advanced intelligence and desire to please.

Pomeranians originally come from the Spitz family, which includes dogs like the Samoyed, the German Spitz, and the Eskimo Dog. Though today they’re a tiny toy breed that’s no taller than seven inches and no heavier than seven pounds, early Pomeranians were much larger; around 30 pounds. When crossed with the much larger Black Mouth Cur, you can expect the puppies to be around this size as well.

Part of what makes this mix so unique is the stark difference between the parents. While the Pomeranian is a tiny toy breed, the Black Mouth Cur is a courageous and much larger hunter. These dogs weigh as much as 100 pounds, dwarfing the Pomeranian by comparison.

But the Black Mouth Pom Cur gets important traits from each parent. The Black Mouth Cur’s traits temper the yappiness of the Pomeranian so you have a quieter dog with the intelligence and poise of a hunter and a companion dog’s willingness to please.

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Image Credit: (Left: Pomeranian, Pxfuel | Right: Black mouth cur, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 3.0 Unported)

Unfortunately, the Black Mouth Pom Cur is a somewhat rare crossbreed that hasn’t achieved massive popularity yet, so finding a puppy can prove to be a bit difficult. This isn’t helped by the fact that Black Mouth Curs are semi-rare as well. Pomeranians are one of the most popular breeds in America, ranked number 23 in popularity out of 196 registered breeds. Black Mouth Curs aren’t recognized by the AKC, which is likely part of the reason why they’re not one of the more prevalent breeds in the states. Of course, finding a breeder to cross the two is the hard part. There are a lot of difficulties associated with mixing two dogs that are so drastically different in size.

If you are able to find a Black Mouth Pom Cur, expect to have a vibrant and curious dog by your side. They require a lot of attention and need plenty of space to burn their high energy.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Black Mouth Pom Cur

1. Their Parents are Polar Opposites

We’ve already mentioned the massive size difference between Pomeranians and Black Mouth Curs, but their differences don’t end there. Everything about these dogs is completely opposite, from their temperament to their history.

Pomeranians have always been a companion breed. They’ve been incredibly popular with royalty and the elites for many centuries. In fact, the first Pomeranians to ever be used in show belonged to none other than Queen Victoria. Other famous owners of this breed include Mozart and Isaac Newton.

The Black Mouth Cur was never intended as a companion dog. Instead, they were built to be rugged hunters who could chase down a variety of prey including beasts as large and dangerous as bears. These dogs stand up to 25 inches high, dwarfing the seven-inch tall Pomeranian. Unlike Pomeranians, they aren’t yappy and rarely bark. They’re also calm dogs with an even-tempered demeanor, compared to the high-energy antics of the Pomeranian.

2. Lookout for Little Dog Syndrome

Pomeranians are known for their giant personalities that often see them challenging larger dogs. They don’t seem to realize their own size, causing them to overestimate their abilities. These dogs are the definition of a big dog in a little dog’s body!

The problem is, Black Mouth Curs are very confident, courageous dogs. When you add that to the Pomeranian’s propensity for starting fights with bigger dogs, it’s not a great combination.

You’ll want to keep an eye on your Black Mouth Pom Cur for any signs of such behavior. Luckily, if you start socializing your dog early and often, you can prevent most of this behavior.

3. They Have the Cur’s Prey Drive and the Pom’s Coat

As with any mixed breed, Black Mouth Pom Curs take some cues from each of their parents. In their case, they tend to get the strong prey drive and hunting instincts of the Black Mouth Cur mixed with the beautiful, elegant coat of a Pomeranian. This results in an adorable dog with a luxurious coat that requires considerable maintenance that’s going to want to chase after every small animal you see. Once again, proper socialization that starts early can go a long way toward mitigating this issue.

Parents of the Black Mouth Pom Cur
Image Credit: (L) Wirestock Creators, Shutterstock | (R) Ivanova N, Shutterstock

Temperament & Intelligence of the Black Mouth Pom Cur 🧠

These dogs are highly intelligent and deeply intuitive. They learn quickly and can understand what’s asked of them better than most breeds. A lot of the intelligence comes from the Black Mouth Cur, who’s known as a very trainable dog with above-average intelligence. While they were often used for hunting, this breed was used for a lot more, including many farm tasks such as herding livestock. As such, their skills expanded, and they developed a strong ability to learn quickly, which is still present in the Black Mouth Pom Cur.

But these dogs also got a mix of both parent breeds’ temperaments. Pomeranians are high-energy dogs with big personalities while Black Mouth Curs are much calmer pups that aren’t as excitable. Black Mouth Pom Curs fall between the two. They’re very playful and have plenty of energy to make them lively and fun but not overbearing or hyper.

One lucky thing with this breed is that the Black Mouth Cur’s quietness seems to display itself pretty often. Pomeranians are known for being yappy little creatures, but Black Mouth Pom Curs don’t usually bark as much since they seem to adopt the Black Mouth Cur’s more quiet nature.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

This breed can be a great fit for families, though they’re not the best choice if there are very little kids around. These dogs love to play and they tend to play pretty rough. For older children, this is generally a great fit since they like to play rough as well. But young kids could possibly get hurt.

Aside from this, families are a great fit for Black Mouth Pom Curs because they’re very social dogs. They will bond closely with several family members and they love to be around their people. These are family-oriented dogs that want to be part of everything the family does.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

You shouldn’t have any problems with your Black Mouth Pom Cur getting along with other breeds of dogs, particularly larger ones. Smaller dogs might cause their prey drive to flare up though.

These dogs have a strong prey drive since the Black Mouth Cur was bred as a hunter. Because of this, they’re not well-suited for homes that have non-canine pets, particularly if they’re smaller than your Black Mouth Pom Cur. Socialization can help, but they might never do well living alongside cats or other creatures.

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Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

These are medium-sized dogs with high activity levels. They do well on high-quality dry dog foods that are meant for active breeds. But because they’re not very large, you’ll have to be careful not to overfeed them. It’s recommended that you split feeding times into two sessions per day instead of just leaving food out for your dog all day. Black Mouth Pom Curs are likely to continue eating even after they’re full, which can easily lead to weight gain and an overweight dog.


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Image Credit: (Left: Pomeranian, Wikimedia Commons CC 2.0 Generic | Right: Black mouth cur, Pexels, Pixabay)

Exercise 🐕

This is where caring for a Black Mouth Pom Cur becomes a bit of a chore. These are highly active dogs that need a lot of physical activity. They’re not hyper and they generally have a calm demeanor, they just need a lot of exercise, which is what makes these dogs hard to care for.

You’ll need to set aside at least 90 minutes every day to exercise your Black Mouth Pom Cur. Less than this and your dog will likely start to get bored and destructive, resulting in behaviors that you’ll have to work to correct.

Exercising your Black Mouth Pom Cur should be vigorous and taxing for the dog. They were bred for all-day endurance and they need to get all of that energy out.

It will be best if you can split exercise up into two or three shorter sessions throughout the day. You could try doing a walk in the morning, a run in the evening, with a good game of fetch thrown in somewhere else.

Training 🦮

Luckily, training a Black Mouth Pom Cur tends to be easier than training many other breeds. These dogs are extremely smart and they want to please their owner, making it much easier to get them to listen to commands. Since they’re so intelligent, they can easily understand what’s being asked of them, which can make the entire training process much easier.

Make sure to include socialization as part of your training regimen. These dogs have a strong prey drive that will need to be socialized out as early as possible. Also, proper socialization can help to avoid that big dog in a small body syndrome that Pomeranians are known for.

Grooming ✂️

Both of the Black Mouth Pom Curs parents have opposite coats. The Black Mouth Cur has very short, coarse hair that requires little maintenance. But the Pomeranian has much longer hair that needs a lot of upkeep to prevent it from becoming a matted mess. Black Mouth Pom Curs tend to take more after the Pomeranian side when it comes to their coat.

Generally, these dogs will have a pretty long coat of soft, luxurious hair. You’ll need to brush it with a slicker brush or metal comb at least two to three times each week so that it doesn’t become a matted, tangled mess.

Like Pomeranians, most Black Mouth Pom Curs also have an undercoat that will be shed several times a year. During these times, you might need to brush your dog daily to help keep the shedding under control.

Health and Conditions ❤️

For the most part, the Black Mouth Pom Cur is a strong, healthy breed. Part of the reason for mixing breeds is to reduce the occurrence of health concerns that commonly plague a particular breed. Luckily, it seemed to work for this breed since they’re not at risk for many health conditions. Still, there are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Minor Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation: The word luxate means dislocate, and patella is the medical name for the kneecap. As such, patellar luxation is a kneecap that dislocates. It’s able to move freely instead of being forced to stay in its proper location. You’ll usually first notice this condition as a skip in your dog’s step where they momentarily run on just three legs. Toy breeds like the Pomeranian are more genetically predisposed to patellar luxation.
  • Entropion: This is when the eyelids roll inward. Many breeds inherit this condition and for many dogs, it seems to cause no problems. However, it can cause hairs on the eyelid to rub on the cornea. This can cause pain, perforations, and ulcers, which can ultimately impact your dog’s vision. For dogs with extreme cases of entropion, surgery is available, and it has a great success rating.
Serious Conditions
  • Hip Dysplasia: This common ailment is caused when the hip forms incorrectly and the femur won’t properly fit inside the hip socket. It’s most common in larger breeds, though all dogs can get hip dysplasia. Dogs with this condition might display decreased activity, a swaying gate, difficulty using stairs or running, and noticeable pain. Luckily, there are several treatments available ranging from changes to your dog’s lifestyle to corrective surgery.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This condition causes the head of your dog’s femur to spontaneously degenerate. Eventually, this will result in arthritis and the hip collapsing. It’s unknown what causes this disease. You’ll first notice it as a limp that gets worse over the span of several weeks, and soon, your dog won’t place any weight on that leg at all.

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The Black Mouth Pom Cur is an interesting mix that crosses some of the best traits of two drastically different breeds. With the intelligence and easy-going manner of the Black Mouth Cur and the loving, affectionate temperament of a Pomeranian, these dogs are great companions that will be by your side forever.

They’re easy to train but not as easy to care for. Make sure you have 90 minutes each day to devote to your Black Mouth Pom Cur’s exercise regimen or you’re likely to have a bored and destructive dog on your hands. If you can handle the rigorous exercise needs of this breed, then their loyalty and friendly disposition make them an excellent choice.

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