Bull Arab

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Bull Arab
Bull Arab (dog).jpg
Other names Aussie Pig Dog
Country of origin Australia
Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Bull Arab is an Australian dog. The Bull Arab was developed in the mid 1970s. Different breeds were crossed together to strive for the ultimate working dog. The original breeds used were German Shorthaired Pointer, Bull Terrier and Greyhound It is not yet a registry-recognised breed of dog in Australia.


Bull Arabs were originally bred for hunting purposes and were specially developed to pull pigs to the ground and hold them by the ear. Like many other breeds of dogs Bull Arabs are now highly valued as superbly loyal family dogs.

Several attacks on people in several states of Australia have been allegedly attributed to the breed.[1][2][3][4][5] And reports supplied by 80 New South Wales councils and passed on to the Department of Local Government, between 1 July 2005 and 30 October 2006, detail several attacks attributed to Bull Arabs, yet show many other breeds with a greater number of attacks.[6]

Bull Arabs respond well to positive training methods and most people associated with the breed are pleased with the positive work being done by Bull Arabs in the greater community, including loved family pets, service dogs and obedience training. As more people realise that there is much more to this big hearted dog than it hunting roots these roles will no doubt continue to grow.