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: 19.0 inches Weight: 42.5 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Bull Arab size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.0 inches Weight: 65.0 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 57.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Bull Arab size stats at 18 months
Height: 26.0 inches Weight: 81.0 lbs
Female Bull Arab size stats at 18 months
Height: 25.0 inches Weight: 77.0 lbs

Bull Arab Owner Experiences

Miss
10 Years
6 People
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This article is a lot of garbage when it talks about aggression. Bull Arabs are not human aggressive at all. They are not meant to be human aggressive at all. They are meant to do their job and be great human companions. Who ever wrote this article needs to do better research before tarnishing such a wonderful breed.
4 weeks, 1 day ago
Vera
8 Months
1 People
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Vera is a young 8 month old Bull arab X staffy. So far she has been really good. Loves children and other adults would lick you to death more then anything. She's so full of energy I can never wear her out. Very easy to train and will be a fantastic family pet. She's very loyal and affectionate and loves her cuddles.
1 month ago
Baxter
2 Years
4 People
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Amazing temperament. Not aggressive at all , good natured and easy to train (we live in australia )
1 month, 1 week ago
Roy
7 Years
1 People
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swimming
training
Walking
My bull arab is a gentle dog. He has never threatened any animal and is naturally wary of snakes and lizards. His mother was used for hunting and Roy does like to use his nose to find things, but never shows aggression to the things he finds (loves rolling in dead animals though!). I ensured he underwent training every day for the first year or two of his life. He has hour long walks everyday and I think that has helped his intelligent mind learn what is acceptable. If I was to find a fault, he developed arthritis early which occasionally gives him grief, but we are so far managing it so he can carry out his favourite activities- running and swimming. Would 100% recommend this breed for owners who allow their dogs to be dogs and are particular about their dogs training
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Astra
13 Months
6 People
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We rescued astra as a puppy and i think she knows it because she is the sweetest most loving dog in the whole world .she sleeps with someone every night and has to be cuddling you, if you sit down astra will be cuddled up to you, we have another dog that she adores and cuddles up to him as well.she no concept of personal space when it comes to cuddles . She is pretty energetic but gets tired after a while . She is really good on the lead when she is by herself but gets really excited when she sees another dog . She likes to learn tricks when it involves food. Absolutely no signs of aggression to humans or other dogs,but has a tendency to get skinks,we also have 2 rabbits and has shown no signs of aggression to them ether. Astra loves to play with us ,our other dog and any dog or human she meets. She is the perfect fit for our family and we love her so, so much
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Jax
14 Months
3 People
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A bull arab x catahoula at 51kg and a healthy weight, loves attention and being around the family members. Gets excited when he meets new people when on walks. No the most friendliest of dogs to other animals but he is still a work in progress. He learns quick and is the biggest and strongest dog I have ever owned (including rotties) but is by far the easiest to walk, always on a loose lead. Love him dearly and he will be the last dog we own as we are pushing 50 and he still has upto 14 years left in him. Looking forward to it with this affectionate breed.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Minnie
21 Months
2 People
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Cuddles
playing in the yard
Snoozing
Jogging
Walking
Minnie is a highly affectionate cross breed, we believe with Staffy. She can be extremely lazy if we're busy working, but is also highly energetic when on walks, at the dog park or playing with her bestie. She will defend her territory, but is very good with children, other dogs and puppies if on neutral territory. Perfect girl! Very trainable if food is involved. Likes to hunt lizards, flies and moths.
3 months ago
Chucky
3 Years
2 People
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Walks
exercise
Fetch
Makes us laugh cry stress frustrating BUT his puppy dog stares melt our hearts. We rescued him. Ppl used him for dog fighting but chose to abandon him left in a Park. He has few issues unsure if these are his nature or because of being treated so badly abused
3 months ago
Junior and Jeff
18 Months
1 People
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I have 2 bull arabs, brothers, Junior and Jeff. They are the most sookiest dogs I have ever owned. I was given them as a gift and have loved every minute of training them. Junior is very wilful where as Jeff aims to please. Sadly on our first walk outside the yard we were all attacked by a blue staffie and I have trouble controlling them on the lead when they see another dog, but another dog in my yard and it’s playtime. My boys still think they can lay on me to watch tv but it’s getting hard when they are over 40kgs now. Would recommend this breed to everyone.
3 months, 4 weeks ago
Koda
7 Years
2 People
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Health
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Running
Sleeping
Relaxing and cuddling
Driving in the car
Walking
I Have had Koda for almost 8 years now I got her when she was 6 months old and a rescue dog I can not tell you how kind and relaxed and gentle she is! Such an amazing dog she is not aggressive at all but she is protective and will show it to people that walk aggressively towards my self or my girlfriend. She is a great guard dog at home. She is great with kids very gentle she understands that she can not jump on kids. She has her toys and she knows whats hers and what is not! Haha. I highly recommend this breed as they are great family dogs and very easy going!
4 months ago
Maisy
6 Months
4 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Play
Finding toys
Explore the woods
Frisbee
Walking
Fearless nature, great companion and watchdog. Cuddles up at night but will put herself between me and strangers every time. Easy to control with regular training.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Milo
3 Years
2 People
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Energy
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socialising with family dogs
Waks
Milo was given to the pound at about 8 months old after not being given attention, he then was at the pound for about another 8 months. He’s a beautiful and loving dog. Loves my wife and I, my parents and their dogs. Given his history, his temperament is complicated. He’s a highly intelligent and confident dog, but hard to gain the full trust of. He’s tends to be skeptical of anything he’s unsure of. Despite all this, after a couple months of being with us he has settled in great and is a really happy and confident dog. Training has been extremely easy because we socialise with him a lot. For example, the vast majority of his commands he managed to pick up without formal training. He tends to listen to us speak, even to each other and pick up words. Likewise with actions and routines. My recommendation would be if you’re considering a Bull Arab that has been sheltered for long periods at a young age, make sure you’re willing to spend the time being cautious and patient with them. I had previously had a Bull Arab from puppy and it was a very easy experience. I would say, despite my first Bull Arab (from a store) being extremely tame, safe and not requiring strong leadership, I can’t say the same for my second. He’s a beautiful loving dog but not for people who aren’t willing really put the effort it.
5 months ago
Sunny
9 Years
2 People
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Pastimes
Walking in the forest
He is the calmest most non aggressive dog I have ever had. If I had this dog first I would think I was the worlds best dog trainer. The description of the breeds temperament on this page is odd. I’ve been around many bull arabs for years and none have been aggressive. They are all chill, trainable and loyal dogs.
5 months, 4 weeks ago
Sam Billy
8 Months
2 People
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Only had him for a three weeks and he's learning slowly
6 months ago
Chad
9 Years
2 People
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Chad is a rescue dog who is the kindest sweetest most gentle boy ever. Great with other dogs, cats and kids . I run an animal rescue and have re homes hundreds of bull arabs and rarely meet any other then lovely dogs. I have never had to have one PTS for aggressive behaviour. This generalisation is unwarranted and untrue
6 months, 1 week ago
Zeus
4 Years
3 People
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Friendliness
Energy
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Dog Parks
Playing together
Walking
Zeus is full of energy and very excitable but is very gentle and calm with my 91 year old grandmother. Zeus is extremely friendly with people and other dogs, he's never been aggressive in his life. Zeus's only problem is that he doesn't order that because of his size that others can be afraid of him and that he can't be a lapdog.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Pepper
6 Years
3 People
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4wd
Run
Walk
Camping
Pepper is the best dog I have ever owned. The description on the page about the bull Arab being aggresive towards humans is so far from the truth it isnt even funny. Pepper is the calmest friendliest dog I know. Everyone that meets her loves her. She was very easy to train and is super well behaved. She spends most of the day sleeping on her couch or sunbathing in the sun. She also loves going for a walk and run at the park. Also very quiet dogs so when they bark you know there is something wrong
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Billie-Girl
15 Months
3 People
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Health
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Running, camping, walking
No words?! Most loyal dogs we have ever owned. Non hunters and our boy was lovingly rescued.
7 months ago
Lilly
10 Years
2 People
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She was a hunting dog now retired and our daughter said she would be good for me whilst i were going through chemo. Lill adopted me instantly she knew me from previous trips even then she would look for me, she justs wants to be with people and happy to do what people do but keeps her eye on me. LOVES the car, 4 year old from next door comes across the paddock to pat lill no problems at all. our 4 year old grandson gave her hell whilst he was growing up. Only barked twice both times black snake at back door in all a very very missunderstood dog GREAT family dog.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Rollo
16 Months
2 People
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Our first Bull Arab and we are delighted with him. Agree with wag walking that he needs a strong coach but easy to train and picks up direction easily. Loves and needs exercise twice a day and sulks if we miss a walk. Plays happily with one other dog in the park but if there are 2 dogs present then his hunting instincts come out and he will pull the smaller dog to the ground but is never aggressive, in fact we are yet to witness aggression in him. We have noticed a sign and would like to know if anyone has also experienced their dogs legs trembling during and after exercise. No pain or distress associated with this at all. Loves his comfort and desperately tries to sleep on our bed but at 41kgs...no chance.
8 months, 1 week ago
Bella
5 Years
4 People
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Everything
The best dog I have ever owned I totally agree with everything stated above except her fur falls out 24/7 no difference summer or winter she sheds all day everyday.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Mack
1 Year
3 People
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very loyal and very affectionate, in his mind he is a lapdog, a heavy 40kg lapdog, very obedient, will sit, drop, wait on command, easy to toilet train, " shakes" will give you paws upon command, walks easily on a lead, sits and waits for food, leash and collar to go on. not much of guard dog - but a beautiful nature! best recommendation, train/socialise early as a puppy and you will be well rewarded
9 months ago
Brax
5 Years
4 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hugs
running,
Driving
Car rides
Playing
Hes very very sweet to humans and is very affectionate, but he takes a while to get used to other animals and has attacked other dogs randomly.
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Kato
6 Months
6 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Walking
Hide & Seek
Car rides
Fetch
Kato loves being inside in his special spot by the window, he enjoys playing hide and seek with my boys, is highly protective of us all and we do find if my boys are in a scuffle we need to remove kato fast as he will try to pull them apart and it’s not something we want to encourage for him or that he should see and be upset by. He is very obedient when it comes to food, he will wait until he is given the ok. barely barks unless he is telling us someone he doesn’t know is near the house not just walking past. He has never been a jumper, unless he hasn’t seen me in over 24 hours and cannot contain his joy at seeing me home. First time owning a bull arab, but will not be our last.
10 months ago
Leo
2 Years
4 People
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Hisplay and protectiveness
Very friendly ..know how to react with small dog bog dog and even humans ..very protective
10 months, 1 week ago
Chloe
14 Months
2 People
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Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Pastimes
Cuddles
Playing Ball
Chloe is a princess. She guards the house and loves playing with her sisters. Her younger sister and her are inseparable and Chloe is often laying on her giving her a hug.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Missy
8 Years
2 People
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Running on the beach
playing with our other two dogs
Walks on the property
Snuggling in bed
Missy was rescued by my daughter. She was meant to be a pigging dog but was too kind and playful. The owner wanted to shoot her. The first day she Arrived, she greeted me with offering me to shake her paw. Since we had her, we never looked back. She is the kindest, most loving and caring dog. She loves coming for car rides, runs on the beach, runs on our 86 acres, chases kangaroos but never hurts them. She plays with my little dog, rolls him around but never hurts him. When other dogs come to the property, she is the peacemaker and welcoming committee and she calms my male belgian shepherd who is more territorial with other dogs. She is kind and loving to people and children. She doesn’t like baths but loves the calm ocean. She is a great friend a much loved member of the family.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Junior and Jeff
6 Months
1 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
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Watching their interactions with other dogs
Cuddling on the lounge
Swimming.
Playing, trying to train them
I have 2 excitable puppies who listen to me but no one else. Can’t seem to stop them jumping on people. Both very sooky. Just love them. I have bought them a clam shell pool to swim as Jeff loves to snorkel! Found this out when he destroyed my fish pond and ate my fish! I have not found my puppies to be aggressive at all.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Ollie
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing with our other dog
Running
Walk
pats
My Bull Arab has been the opposite of this article. He gets along with my other dog and my cat. Loves chasing me and my other dog, but also loves being chased. He’s incredibly friendly and loves other people and other dogs. Happy to wrestle, he will play bite, but he will never hurt us, and always stops when my other dog yelps, and has never drawn blood. Please do research when writing articles because Bull Arabs are not always argues sovereignty and are great in families.
11 months, 1 week ago
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!
1 year, 6 months 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,
1 year, 6 months ago
Georgie
4 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
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Energy
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Pastimes
Cuddles
Sleeping
Walks
Races
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 year, 7 months ago
Gracie
4 Years
2 People
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Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
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snuggling
Fetch
Swim
Camping
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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?
1 year, 10 months ago
Reggie
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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.
1 year, 10 months ago
Maggie
12 Years
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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.
1 year, 11 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
2 years 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.
2 years ago
FRANK THE FOUNDER OF BULL ARAB RESCUE
9 Years
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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.
2 years ago
Ziggy
2 Years
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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.
2 years ago
Tyson
7 Years
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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.
2 years 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!
2 years ago
Medusa
3 Years
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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!
2 years ago
What a load of crap
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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!
2 years 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!
2 years, 2 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?
2 years, 5 months ago
Elixir
10 Months
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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 .
2 years, 5 months 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.
2 years, 6 months ago
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My question is, I have a wolfhound cross bull arab pup she wines a lot and im worried there may be something wrong with her are you able to confirm why they may wine

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We adopted a 5-6yr old bull Arab x collie a month ago. She has never been in a home/family environment before & has spent long periods of time in the pound. Definitely shows signs of abuse, such as high anxiety & stress. What can we do to help her adjust to home life? She is already very protective particularly when on lead. Is very unsure of other dogs (I think due to pound and breed). She is very clingy and does not like to be left alone. She’s highly intelligent and responsive, so we want to make sure we are doing right by her & help mend some pound behaviour. Any tips or tricks 😊

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Book me a walkiee?
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