The Bull-Aussie is the offspring of an English Bulldog and an Australian Shepherd. Because both parents are purebred, the Bull-Aussie is considered a designer breed. Your Bull-Aussie will be a strong, large size dog. His coat will be mostly short and dense and the shedding level will be moderate. He may be high energy and require daily walks, activities and exercise. The Bull-Aussie will be highly intelligent, loyal and faithful. The Bull-Aussie is more suited for an active family, one that can provide him with lots of attention and help him to expand his doggy horizons.
The Bull-Aussie has a short history compared to his parents. It is believed that the hybrid originated in the late 1990s in the United States. There is little recorded information on the Bull-Aussie. However, we can consider his parental breed's backgrounds. Also referred to as the Bulldog or British Bulldog, the English Bulldog was first documented in the 1500s. Spelled in old literature as the Bolddogge and the Bondogge, this canine of wide stance and muscular body was first used as a fighter and baiter of bulls. Over time, these cruel activities were outlawed and alongside these changes were changes to the stamina and strength of the breed. A gentler, calmer breed today, the Bulldog is the 4th most popular breed in America according to the American Kennel Club. It is believed that the Australian Shepherd has roots in the Basque region of the Pyrenees mountains. They were their name because they were associated with shepherds, who came to the United States in the 1800s from Australia. These Shepherds brought their herds of sheep and dogs primarily into the state of California. These dogs were then bred by American rangers. In the 1950s and 60s, the Australian Shepherd became more popular due to their skill at performing amazing tricks in rodeos. The breed is still used as a ranch herding dog. They are also used as guide dogs for the blind, as members of search and rescue teams, and in drug detection. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991. They are family members to celebrities such as: James Brolin, Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg and Alyssa Milano.
The Bull-Aussie will have characteristics of the English Bulldog and the Australian Shepherd. He will be a large size dog with strong, defined muscles. His legs will be taller than those his Bulldog parent typically has. He may have a broad head and a medium size muzzle. The Bull-Aussie usually has a short dense coat, which is easy to maintain. The fur on his neck and chest may be long. Your hybrid will have folded drop ears and round, expressive eyes that may be dark or blue. The tail is often naturally bobbed. Coat colors are usually brindle, black, cream and white.
Early socialization and obedience training is recommended for the Bull-Aussie. They are intelligent and relatively easy to train, but will do best if they have a firm handler who can show leadership and consistency. If socialized early, the Bull-Aussie will enjoy meeting and interacting with other dogs. The Australian Shepherd is a high energy dog that requires a “job” to do. He is the happiest when he has a purpose. The English Bulldog enjoys activities but is more laid back. Therefore, your Bull-Aussie may be a medium energy dog with a herding instinct and may attempt to “herd” smaller animals or children.The Bull-Aussie is an affectionate dog, who enjoys being part of an active family. They are usually good with children. His English Bulldog side may make him mature slower, so a little patience is necessary.
The English Bulldog has a moderate energy level and the Australian Shepherd is a high energy dog. Therefore, your Bull-Aussie may be a medium to high energy dog. During the puppy stage, he will be more playful and active. The Bull-Aussie will enjoy long daily walks and playtime. If he takes more after his Australian Shepherd side he will enjoy jogging, hiking and climbing. The Bull-Aussie breed is best suited for a home with a large fenced in yard to play in. The English Bulldog does not do well in extreme heat or cold but the Australian Shepherd does tolerate both the hot and cold weather.