Bull Arab

66-88 lbs
24-26"
Australia
BA, Arab, Aussie Pig Dog, Australian Pig Dog

The Bull Arab actually originated in Australia and is commonly called the Australian Pig Dog since they were originally developed to hunt and hold pigs pinned to the ground by the ear. Aside from being valued as wild pig hunters, the Bull Arab makes an excellent guard dog. This can be an aggressive breed and is known for having a propensity to attack humans and have even caused death to humans by mauling and biting. Therefore, while some people claim the Bull Arab makes a great pet, this is not a breed for the faint of heart or novice dog owner. 

Purpose
Wild Pig Hunting
Date of Origin
1970s
Ancestry
English Bull Terrier, Greyhound, German Shorthaired Pointer, English Pointer

Bull Arab Health

Average Size
Male Bull Arab size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 70-92 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 66-88 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cardiac Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Yearly Eye Exam
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Bull Arab Breed History

The Bull Arab’s origins were documented by breeder Mike Hodgens. Hodgens began cultivating the breed in 1972. Hodgens wanted to create a breed that had the power of the English Bull Terrier, the speed and sighting ability of the Greyhound and the scenting and brains of a Pointer. There is some question as to a certain breed that may have been used but it is known for certain that the breed was comprised of 50% English Bull Terrier and 25% Greyhound. The question is whether the other 25% was contributed by the German Shorthaired Pointer or the English Pointer. Some researchers claim the German Shorthaired Pointer was used while others argue that this was not the case and the English Pointer was really used as well as the Saluki and the Bloodhound. Whatever the Bull Arab’s true ancestry one thing is for certain, this breed quickly became Australia’s top pig hunting dog. In 1981, Hodgens stopped breeding Bull Arabs and by 1989 he had completely stopped breeding dogs. The Bull Arab developed into a very versatile breed that became not only an excellent wild pig hunter but also a fantastic guard dog. Some people will argue that the Bull Arab is also a great family companion; however there have been a number of incidents of dog attacks involving Bull Arabs. This breed has been known to attack and kill humans; they must have a strong leader within the home to properly train and socialize them. Because of their aggressive and tenacious natures the Bull Arabs have been used in police work and on security detail; they can also be used in search and rescue.

Bull Arab Breed Appearance

The Bull Arab is a solidly built, symmetrical dog with a broad head that is in proportion with their body. They have powerful jaws that are able to lock so they can easily pin and hold a wild pig. Their eyes are slightly rounded, bright and their color will depend on their coat color. Darker colored dogs will have brown eyes, lighter colored dogs will have self-colored or amber eyes. They have ears that hang and are of moderate size. Their nose is wide with larger nostrils and is colored depending on their coat color. The Bull Arab has a smooth coat that is short and slightly harsh. They do have an undercoat that is softer and thicker during the winter months. Their coat should never be fluffy, soft or long. Most Bull Arabs are predominantly white on their bodies with colored patches on their body. There is generally ticking within the white on their bodies. Acceptable colors include black, red, brindle, liver, red, silver or blue. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Bull Arab eyes
Blue
hazel Bull Arab eyes
Hazel
brown Bull Arab eyes
Brown
amber Bull Arab eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Bull Arab nose
Blue
black Bull Arab nose
Black
brown Bull Arab nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Bull Arab coat
Brindle
silver Bull Arab coat
Silver
blue Bull Arab coat
Blue
red Bull Arab coat
Red
brown Bull Arab coat
Brown
black Bull Arab coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bull Arab straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bull Arab Breed Maintenance

The Bull Arab is not a high maintenance breed. They do need to be brushed once a week using a slicker brush or a natural bristle brush. During season changes they do need to be brushed more often to keep the loose hairs from getting out of hand and gathering on clothing, furniture and flooring. They have the type of short undercoat that can float through the air and land in food or drinks when not kept under control. They do not need to be bathed often; it may be wise to bathe them with warm water when they begin shedding to hasten the process. They have ears that hang and can easily trap moisture and dirt. Clean their ears weekly to keep any possible infections from becoming problematic. The Bull Arab will need his toe nails clipped every few weeks. If you do not like clipping their nails, try using a grinder to keep their nails short and neat. 

Brushes for Bull Arab
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bull Arab requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bull Arab Temperament

The Bull Arab is a high energy dog that requires a strong leader to handle them. These dogs have a very strong hunting instinct and when left untrained can become aggressive and a threat to humans and other animals. They need early socialization and continual training throughout their life. The Bull Arab is a highly excitable and potentially dangerous breed. First time dog owners or passive dog owners should not consider this breed for their family. While some people will claim the Bull Arab is great with children, they should be closely monitored with younger children. They do not necessarily respect children within the family and may challenge them for a better position within the family. This breed is known to be aggressive and there are several documented incidents of Bull Arab attacks on humans and deaths have occurred from some of these attacks. They do best in a home with no other pets. 

Bull Arab Activity Requirements

The Bull Arab has unending stamina and will run for miles searching out anything they feel is a potential threat. They are part sight hound and part scent hound meaning they will chase anything they see move and used their nose to follow an interesting trail. The Bull Arab needs a tall, secure fence to keep them out of trouble. They can be an aggressive dog and need to be trained by a dominant leader. They do not do well at dog parks, especially when smaller dogs are present. Spend at least an hour each day going for runs or hiking. During exercise time, plan on incorporating training routines to keep them on their toes. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bull Arab Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Bull Arab Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Bull Arab size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at six months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Male Bull Arab size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs
18 Months
Male Bull Arab size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 81 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 77 lbs

Bull Arab Owner Experiences

Drift
1 Year
1 People
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Reading these comments... I think we have the classic problem where there is more than one type of Bull Arab being sold here in Australia. The breed emerged less from the founder Mr Hodgens who is known as a bit of a "breed anything tough looking" verging-on-a-puppy-mill sort of guy and more from the hard work of pig hunters in North Queensland who used the dogs and started their own lines. The handful of actual breeders for this dog have this concern about different BA versions as well, saying there are a tonne of backyard breeders selling pig dog crosses as "Bull Arabs" because the name gets big bucks (or used to before every idiot with a V8 ute started breeding them). Lots of people here are actually dealing with very different versions of the dog. Generally your legitimate hunting lines are high energy, confident (failing to approach a boar will disqualify them from being considered a Bull Arab in some breeder's eyes), calm and incredibly trainable. Your more backyard-originating BA's are the couch potatoes and a real mixed bag, they can be terrible guard dogs or excellent guard dogs, gentle or rude without training, they are also more prone to aggression and fear due to poor breeding practices. This is a quote from the Australian Bull Arab Registry Inc responding to the question: won't registering the breed create negative media attention if there is a dog attack involving a Bull Arab? ---- "Supposed "Bull Arabs" who in reality are any cross bred dog that looks like it or have been bred as a hunting dog are being blamed for attacks already. These dogs are also being counted as Bull Arabs when they turn up in shelters and pounds. The only way the Bull Arab can be seperated from the average cross bred dog is to legitimize them in a registry." ---- To the girl with SARGE, I think you need some major obedience work and double the exercise he gets, just to see if it helps. If you can't do this then look at rehoming him - that dog should not be left with those bad manners, it is dangerous for him. To FRANK THE FOUNDER OF BULL ARAB RESCUE let us know how the court case goes - I want to hear how hard the Judge kicks you in the arse on your way out the door for wasting his time, if you even get that far!
2 days, 4 hours ago
Sarge
10 Months
1 People
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He is an affectionate dog but is also aggressive and has done nothing but bite feet and hands since we got him. (Original owner wasn't me). He has now left but was going to send him to the RSPCA so I have taken over or he would have been put to sleep. I love him dearly but to be quite honest I'm scared of him and locked myself in the laundry because he kept trying to bite me. I think he is scared as the original owner kicked and punched him. I don't agree that any breed of dog is aggressive. I believe all dogs are individuals and they have all had their own situations which either makes them gentle or aggressive. I want nothing but to love this dog but I feel the damage has been done and really don't have any more answers and if you have any to reverse his mistrust and fear I would greatly appreciate them,
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Georgie
4 Years
2 People
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the beach
I had never actually heard of the Bull Arab breed until i met George. He was 4 when i rescued him from a rather harsh situation. I have had him for 6 months now. Hes incredible! Considering i met him at 4 years old and the bond we formed almost immediately hes doing so well now. I met him at a friends house where i saw he was completely neglected and ignored, unfed and unsocialised. I spent a week at this house and during my time i walked him, bought stocks of food for him, played with him, id say trained him but there was nothing to it, by that i mean he almost did anything I would say or signal straight away then a day later the signals were listened to and his response was automatic. Hes very much his owners in the sense he doesnt really pay much attention to anyone else around us or even when im not home he doesnt do much other than sleep. I live with my nan as her carer, and hes very respectful of her and her commands if hes laying in a doorway etc. effortless to train, awesome fun to take out for runs and swims, loves racing along the beach off lead yet as soon as hes called immediately hes back in front of me sitting awaiting his lead. His hair is short and gets on everything but thankfully a good vaccum makes that a five minute daily thing. After i was called by my friend a month or so after my week with him as i made her promise (living 9 hours drive away from this person) but i made her swear if he was going to be taken to the pound and surrendered she was to call me to take him. I wanted to when i met him but as her brother had dumped him there and took off she couldnt let me straight away but i didnt hesitate. Went and picked him up, hit the vet then next stop was his new home. Hes much happier healthier and all round the best dog ive ever met! Only negative is at his age its difficult to get things like his socialisation improved. Hes extremely aggresive to any other dog that comes in a three metre radius of him. Foams at the mouth and takes all my strength to hold at bay. For that reason our walks and runs are kept to later hours of the day or at night, where other dog encounters are unlikely. Other than that the hair everywhere and his susceptibility to skin issues and more commonly ear mites (had them when i met him and need to give him a monthly dose of tick flea and mites prevention to keep that under control) mites are microscopic problems and while ear mites are located in the ears they also cause them to itch their faces, and their bodies too. He scratched like he had fleas a lot prior to finding out this info and he didnt have fleas obviously, and now since prevention treatment is much less scratchy.
1 month ago
Gracie
4 Years
2 People
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snuggling
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The person who wrote this obviously has had no experience with this breed at all. Suggest more research, and a rewrite! Have had the opposite experience to what this write up is describing. My very first dog was a Bull Arab called Kong 20 years ago and fell in love with the breed as they are affectionate, loving, loyal, active, goofy, protective, quiet and will only bark if something is there, obedient, intelligent, easy to train as they are food driven, love to sleep, giant lap dogs, love to be patted, love to play, kind hearted and gentle towards other creatures big and small. Because of these amazing qualities, I will never own anything else and have 2 Bull Arabs now. A male called Samson and a female called Gracie. Downfalls are: they shed a lot for short hair dogs, tend to have skin issues and you have to constantly deal with ignorant/uneducated people that judge your dog on its appearance and breed. It is always interesting going for a walk at the local markets with my father who has a cat that walks on a leash. At first people see my dogs and I see their faces/reactions. Then they spot the small cat happily walking along side these so called aggressive/dangerous dogs (who are actually afraid of cats) and there whole demeanour changes. Most stop to chat and give the cat and the dogs a pat. The most aggressive and dangerous dogs that we see on walks are small dogs such as the white fluffy maltese and Chihuahua‘s. These dog owners need to stop saying how cute or funny it is when their dog aggressively barks and snarl at a larger dog. It’s not funny or cute that these people do not obedience train or control these dogs. Would it be funny or cute if a large breed acts like that?
3 months, 4 weeks ago
Reggie
3 Months
2 People
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He has a very unique personality. Sooky for affection, but still very head strong. He isn't as easy to train as my Rottweiler or Black Lab were.. but he seems to pick up on things quickly. Ie: did one wee on the tiles, took him out on the grass immediately. He now goes to the door when he has to go Showed him his bed inside once.. when he comes in he goes straight to his bed. This breed has a lot of common sense.. but also has a bit of an "I do what I want" attitude. A lot of positive reinforcement and direction needed.. but once he picks it up he doesnt forget it. We will be doing 5kms every day training distance when he is old enough. I needed a strong dog that will be my mate and protect me when I'm alone in rural areas Just to top it off.. this pup is turning into one of the best looking dogs Ive ever seen.
4 months, 2 weeks ago
Maggie
12 Years
2 People
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My wife, children and I have had bull Arabs for ever and have never seen any aggressive behavior. Our children would wrestle on the ground with our dogs. They would even sleep in the dogs kennel with them. I can't believe that anyone would ever think that a bull Arab was aggressive.
5 months ago
Bruce
3 Years
4 People
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Pig Hunting and a family dog
Bruce was the most amazing dog you would ever have he loved kids and was very protective over them they would crawl on him and push him around and he wouldn't care he would rather lick you to death then bit he has never and i mean never been an aggressive dog, he is a pig hunting dog but i would 100% trust him with kids
6 months ago
Rocky
18 Months
4 People
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My son bought this dog home as it was meant to be his dog . Well we all know how this goes I was outside at night nursing him holding him cuddling him . We have an unbreakable bond live him to bits . The most affectionate dog been to puppy school and easily trained loves socialising . He's my shadow follows me around everywhere . This breed of dogs are definitely not aggressive.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
FRANK THE FOUNDER OF BULL ARAB RESCUE
9 Years
2 People
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Dogs forever
I am the founder of BULL ARAB RESCUE and I think you need to get your facts straight before proclaiming this breed as you have done in your writing! Many Bull Arabs in Australia are actually assistance dogs for people with PTSD including ex army and myself. To proclaim they are aggressive and dangerous is an absolute joke... Thousands upon thousands of people will tell you this but yet you think you are right? Any dog or and human can be dangerous... retract your statement regarding bull arabs or I will personally have my lawyer contact you for defamation. We try to save this amazing breed .... you have no experience and put it down.... retract your statement or we will sue you for fake and nonsense advice.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Ziggy
2 Years
2 People
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the beach
Going on drives
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My Bull Arab Ziggy is the most gentle, kind and sweetest dog I’ve ever had or met. This is falsified information that is spread by uninformed people who do not know the breed. They are friendly, easily trainable, low energy, cuddly dogs and each bull Arab Ive ever met is GREAT with children, adults and other animals. They are NOT aggressive or harmful and SHOULD NOT be treated like they are.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Tyson
7 Years
2 People
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Tyson is a very chilled boy who is my life we rescued him from the dogs home at 12 weeks and his training started immediately now he is my assistance dog and also a therapy dog. we live on a 5 acre property with lots of animals. cows, goats, chickens and turkeys. Tyson loves to look after new born goats and newly hatched chickens. I was very disgusted at the write up of what you think is a Bull Arab. I really think that you should have made some attempt to talk to Bull Arab owners and actually meet a Bull Arab or ten before you spread blatant lies about such a lovable breed. as i write this Tyson is lying at my feet with my chicken ebony and her newly hatched chicks. Tyson also has his own group of human friends obtained in the many stores and supermarkets he has visited with us. he has also helped a nine year old boy get over his fear of dogs, they are the best of friends and the nine year old quite often goes to sleep using Tyson as a pillow.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Buddy
7 Years
3 People
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Can you please provide the source where Bull Arabs are killing people??? This site is a bit of a joke! You really need to provide source information rather than hysteria!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Medusa
3 Years
5 People
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Your site clearly has no real idea about Bull Arabs and you should fix what you say, they are loyal, sociable, funny caring. My Bull Arab fostered 5 kittens and brought them up after their mother died, my grad kids sleep with her,she is loyal, funny, quirky and a gentle giant! Any dog can be nasty its the owner, stop saying this horrible stuff about them, from my Bull Arab to small dogs 3 cats and a host of kids!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
What a load of crap
3 Years
4 People
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Your write up is so incorrect, you need to write a retraction. Before making and publishing your assumptions maybe you should actually talk to Bull Arab owners. There are over 8000 on one rescue site that will tell you differently. I’m surprised as a professional dog business you don’t actually know more about dogs fullstop!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Norman
3 Months
5 People
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Norman is very gentle and very food motivated. He loves going to the beach/river and is very social with dogs and humans!
8 months ago
Wuffles
8 Months
3 People
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When we went to the lost dog’s home, he was the ONLY puppy! As we intended to come home with a puppy, he was our ONLY choice. He was retrieved by the dog’s home from the council who found him. We paid $500 for him. As it appears that he was lost originally, we now describe him as a rescue dog. When we went on a holiday to New Caledonia, there walking on a lead along the main beach footpath was a dog so similar to him that it looked to be his father. However the man walking him did not speak any language that we understood. Therefore we have wondered how do we live in Melbourne when his nearest relative appears to live on a South Pacific island?
11 months, 1 week ago
Elixir
10 Months
2 People
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He is very very energetic puppy, lot of temper tantrums if he doesn't get attention, loves to sleep in our bed with us, loves saying hi to everyone on road passing by. P. S he always wants to be outside .
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Brax
3 Years
4 People
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Very friendly towards people and kids, but slightly aggressive toward unfamiliar dogs. Loyal dog, enjoys car rides, and walks. Very big, as big as our 13 year old girl.
1 year ago
Book me a walkiee?
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