Bull Arab

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Bull Arab
Bull Arab (dog).jpg
Other names Aussie Pig Dog
Country of origin Australia
Height Male 63–69 cm
Female 61–66 cm
Coat Short, smooth
Color Black, red, liver (with a liver nose), blue, silver, tan, and brindle. Most dogs are predominantly white with patches of these colours. Many dogs have ticking on their white patches.
Litter size 8–10 pups
Life span 12–15 years
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Bull Arab is an Australian dog purpose-bred primarily as a finder and lugger for feral pig hunting. They were bred with the need to create a dog with enough size to stop large boars but with enough speed and stamina to outlast many of the other heavier mastiffs. The Bull Arab is not yet a registry-recognised breed of dog in Australia, though there are those that are working towards getting it recognized as such.

History and use[edit]

There is some debate about the origins of the breed, but one of the more plausible and well received accounts is that the Bull Arab was developed in the 1970s by Mike Hodgens, and is a cross between a Bull Terrier, Greyhound, and German Shorthaired Pointer.[1] Originally they were 50% Bull Terrier, to add tenacity and bite strength, 25% Greyhound for speed, sight and athleticism, and 25% German Shorthaired Pointer for air scenting ability, intelligence and silence whilst hunting.[2] Some believe English Pointer was used instead of German Shorthaired Pointer and Saluki (hence the name Arab) instead of Greyhound.[3] Some lines include 12.5% Bloodhound blood to add stamina and tracking ability, this strain is often called the Paulsen Bull Arab after Peter Paulsen its creator.[4]

The Bull Arab is predominantly used to hunt feral pigs in rural Australia, but is also used to catch feral cattle and buffalo.[5]


Bull Arabs are bred for hunting purposes with traits selected for sound temperament and hunting ability.


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