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Bull Arab (Face, Muzzle)
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Breed Information


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Name Bull Arab
Other names Aussie Pig Dog, Australian Pig Dog
Origin Australia
Breed Group None
Size Large
Type Cross Breed
Life span 12-15 years






Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm)

Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)

Weight 70.5-92.5 pounds (32-42 kg)








Litter Size 8-10 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average (Unknown)


Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

The Bull Arab will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

When not working the Bull Arab should be taken on a long daily walk. These dogs have great stamina and need plenty of exercise.


2 stars

The short, harsh coat is easy to groom. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: N/A Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Bull Arab Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Bull Arab Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Max Bella
03 Jack Coco
04 Toby Chloe
05 Duke Lady
06 Tucker Ellie
07 Milo Zoey
08 Henry Riley
09 Teddy Gracie
10 Sammy Maya
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Bull Arab is symmetrical and well-built all over. The head and muzzle are strong and powerful, moderate in length in proportion to the face. The eyes are bright. The color of the eyes depends on the coat color. The teeth meet in a level bite. The full drop ears are moderate in size. The strong neck is slightly arched, moderate in length. The chest is not too big, nor too shallow. The strong, straight back is in proportion to the height and is not too long, not too short. The muscular hindquarters are straight when viewed from behind, and well angled when viewed from the side. The oval feet are close knit with arched toes. The tail’s length is in proportion to the body, thick at the base and tapering to a point. The coat is smooth and short. In colder weather there may be a soft undercoat. There is no feathering on the tail or legs and the dog has no double coat appearance. Most dogs are predominantly white with patches of colors, often with ticking on their white patches. Coat colors include liver (with a red nose), black, red, buckskin, blue, silver, tan and brindle.

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. 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.


There is some debate about the origins of the breed, but one of the more plausible and well received accounts is that the Bull Arab was developed in the 1970s by Mike Hodgens, and is a cross between a Bull Terrier, Greyhound, and German Shorthaired Pointer. Originally they were 50% Bull Terrier, to add tenacity and bite strength, 25% Greyhound for speed, sight and athleticism, and 25% German Shorthaired Pointer for air scenting ability, intelligence and silence whilst hunting. Some believe English Pointer was used instead of German Shorthaired Pointer and Saluki (hence the name Arab) instead of Greyhound. Some lines include 12.5% Bloodhound blood to add stamina and tracking ability, this strain is often called the Paulsen Bull Arab after Peter Paulsen its creator. The Bull Arab is predominantly used to hunt feral pigs in rural Australia, but is also used to catch feral cattle and buffalo.


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