I have a 3 year old southern black mouth cur. I love this breed. I dont think I would ever own another kind of dog. They are very energentic and loyal. Very protective. We where at the dog park when my cur was 1 and my 3 year old son was attacked by a chesapeak bay ret. My cur came flyin across a football sized feild and Flung the other dog off my son and held him to the ground until the owner could get there. Very impressive! After that he went back to his old self. They are very protective of children. I have read that sometimes they wont even let a parent disapline there kids. I know this from experiance. He has put himself in between me and my son when I was trying to send him to his room.( I couldn't believe it.) They love to run, Swim and play.