20-60 lbs

The Bullwhip is a designer breed, as they are a mix between two purebreds. The Bulldog and the Whippet are the parents of this dog, which makes them calm, quiet and friendly. However, it is important to properly socialize your dog, especially this breed, as they can be aggressive if they are not well trained. These dogs are smart but independent and can be hard to train, so keep this in mind if you are considering the breed but are a new dog owner. When brought up properly, these dogs are sweet, happy and healthy pets that can get along well with kids.

Date of Origin
Bulldog, Whippet

Bullwhip Health

Average Size
Male Bullwhip size stats
Height: 13-20 inches Weight: 20-60 lbs
Female Bullwhip size stats
Height: 13-20 inches Weight: 20-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Gastric Torsion
Minor Concerns
  • Colitis
  • Elbow
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Bullwhip Breed History

Since these dogs are not purebred, there is not much information documented on their origin. They were bred recently by crossing a Bulldog with a Whippet. In England, during the 16th century, is where and when the Bulldog originated. They were used as bull baiting dogs, which was a spectator sport from those times. It was thought to tenderize the meat and required strong, courageous and aggressive dogs. However, after bull baiting was banned, this breed was modified into a sweet and non aggressive dog, but still keeping their courage. The Whippet has a different story, existing for only about 200 years so far, as they were bred only in the 1700s. They are closely related to the Greyhound and the Italian Greyhound, and share almost identical physical characteristics to these breeds aside from their smaller size. The name Whippet comes from the expression to “whip it”, which means to move very quickly. These dogs come from Northern England and worked with poachers to chase and hunt small prey, like rabbits. They are small dogs that are very quick, and were also popular for their participation in rag races. Eventually both of these wonderful breeds were bred together and gave origin to the Bullwhip. Although those two dogs are very different, they make a unique and friendly dog when mixed together.

Bullwhip Breed Appearance

These dogs can be medium to large in size, and will take on some physical characteristics from both the Bulldog and the Whippet. They will have floppy ears, but a body type that can vary. Depending on which parent is dominant in the individual dog, they can be either thin and lean, resembling the Whippet, or more muscular and stocky like the Bulldog. Other characteristics that may be taken on from the Bulldog are the short legs, loose skin and huge heads. They have short and wide muzzles with deep and broad stops. Their noses are black and have large nostrils, dark and deep set eyes and small, high set rose ears. They have massive square and broad jaws, upper lips that hang, and an underbite. Their tails are carried low, either straight or screwed. Whippets are medium sized with long and lean skulls that have large spaces between the ears. Their muzzles have almost no stop and are tapering all the way up to their dark noses. The teeth of this breed will meet in a scissors bite, and the small, rose and folded ears will be held back, pricking up slightly when they are alert. They have straight legs and thick feet. The tails are long and tapering, curving upward near the end but held low.

Bullwhip Breed Maintenance

The overall coat care and grooming needs of this breed are average, as they shed moderately. To keep their fur in tip top shape, brush them quickly every other day. Their tolerance to heat depends mostly on their coat type, but these dogs usually do not do well in cold temperatures. Therefore, keep in mind that they may be sensitive to extreme hot or cold weather. As with all dogs, the Bullwhip should have their teeth brushed at least two or three times per week, although it is best to do it every day. Ear infections can be developed in any dog breed, but are even more common in dogs with floppy ears, which is why it is important to check and wipe clean your pet’s ears once a week. Your dog will also need to have their nails trimmed regularly. Depending on your pet’s activity level and how fast they wear down naturally, they will need to have their nails clipped once or twice a month.

Bullwhip Temperament

In general, these dogs are happy and cheerful and can be wonderful family pets that are very good around children. However, if not trained properly, they can become aggressive. Therefore, it is important that they undergo proper obedience and socialization as puppies. As long as they are socialized a lot when they are young, the Bullwhip can be good around dogs and other pets as well. They can be suitable pets for new owners, but are sometimes difficult to train and therefore someone with former dog experience may have an easier time. This hybrid breed is quite social and generally very calm. They are smart but independent, which is why they can sometimes be hard to train. Consistency will be necessary, and the use of treats or other forms of positive reinforcement will help motivate them to learn. Bulldogs are good watchdogs, but Whippets are not. Therefore, the presence of the watchdog instinct will depend on which personality that the individual dog develops. Also, remember that the Whippet was a hunter for small prey. Because of this, the Bullwhip may like to chase smaller pets.

Bullwhip Activity Requirements

The Bullwhip is a very active breed that will do well with an owner who likes to keep busy and exercise, and can bring them along for walks, hikes and runs. This breed can adapt to apartment life if they have to, but will do best living in a home with a yard, or at least access to a large space that they can run around and explore in. It is important to give your dog mental stimulation as well as physical. They are talented at several canine sports and activities, such as agility, obedience and trick training.

Bullwhip Owner Experiences

Penny Lane
6 Years
2 People
We adopted a Penny Lane from a shelter where we were told she had been brought to twice. The man who dropped her off the second time said”she wasn’t aggressive enough”. She has crossed-eyes, but they have been improving. She loves people, but will attack other dogs. This is sad for us because we used to go to Dog Beach. We do have another dog- a 10 year old Boxer. Penny was introduced slowly, but a month later went for Rocky’s throat. We’ve had her for 4 years. She still gets after him once in awhile but not often, and we don’t leave them alone. She hated all men at first and upon meeting my husband, son and Vet, she attacked them. Now she adores them, and her favorite person to sleep with is my husband. We took her to private training for a year, and continue to work with her. She jumped through a bedroom window to try and get to a rabbit. We can never fully trust her around other animals- pretty sure this is because the first 2 years of her life she was in a dog fighting ring. We give her lots of love, and are patient with her. We did DoggyDNA, and that is how we found out she is a Bullwhip. She has a blocky front chest and snuggle tooth. Her waist and back legs are very thin. We love her.
2 years, 2 months ago
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