There are four primary lines of Blackmouth Curs. They are CarnathanWeatherford’s BenJD Howard and Ladner. There are other breeders and divisions of Blackmouth Curs, but these are the major four. It is believed that most of the various strains out there had some influence from one of these fore-mentioned.

The Carnathan dogs have two branches – there is the Southern Blackmouth and the American Blackmouth. They both go back to Howard Carnathan’s breeding and his dog Bruno. There are some tree dogs in this line, but most of the people that hunt these dogs use them on stock such as cattle or hogs. They tend to be a bigger Blackmouth Cur.

Weatherford’s Ben is the all-time number one producing stud dog for the Blackmouth Cur breed. Dogs from this line are called the premier stock dog. They have tons of grit and can handle any wild animal in the Continental United States. It is believed that the Big Thicket Legacy dog is of the same line.

The JD Howard line is a good all-purpose line out of Alabama. There are good tree dogs and stock dogs in this line. They have a very consistent breeding which yields a predictable litter. This is a testimony to their good breeding.

The Ladner line is the oldest documented line dating back to the 1800s. Curt Ladner is now the owner of the Original Ladner Yellow Blackmouth Cur. He is the 5th generation to have these same dogs. This line is the largest of the Blackmouth Cur world. There are Ladner dogs in every state of the United States and they have been shipped to Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Haiti, Russia, India and throughout Europe. They will bay or catch hogs and tree game such as squirrel, raccoon, bear, bobcat and mountain lion. They are also used as a search and rescue dog by some agencies.

Today’s owners of this breed will testify that the Blackmouth Cur has truly earned a heritage of honor, pride and courage – as one very outstanding canine companion to mankind.