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Bull Arab Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bull Arab so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginAustralia flagAustralia
Other Names
What other names does the Bull Arab have?
Australian Pig DogAussie Pig Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Bull Arab Size and Weight

Is a Bull Arab small, medium or large dog?

How big do Bull Arab get?

What is the average size of a Bull Arab?

How much does the Bull Arab weigh? How much should a Bull Arab weight? What is the normal weight of a Bull Arab? How much does a full-grown Bull Arab weight?
70.5-92.5 pounds (32-42 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Bull Arab?
70.5-92.5 pounds (37 kg)
How tall is the Bull Arab? Bull Arab height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Bull Arab?
Male: 26 inches (63–69 cm), Female: 25 inches (61–66 cm)

Bull Arab Price and Availability

How much does the Bull Arab puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Bull Arab in the United States? How much money is a Bull Arab?

Where to buy a Bull Arab with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Bull Arab, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bull Arab for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bull Arab gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Bull Arab? How many Bull Arab are there in the world?
Average: The Bull Arab is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Bull Arab Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bull Arab? Is the Bull Arab breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Bull Arab ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Bull Arab dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Bull Arab?
Bull Arab dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bull Arab good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bull Arab dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Bull Arab dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bull Arab dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bull Arab dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Bull Arab can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bull Arab will take care of unwanted people or animals.

Bull Arab Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Bull Arab have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bull Arab sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bull Arab dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Bull Arab a good family dog?
Average to High: Bull Arab dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Australian Pig Dog need? Bull Arab social needs:
Bull Arab dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bull Arab to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bull Arab roam?
Bull Arab dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bull Arab have high prey drive?
Bull Arab dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Bull Arab dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Bull Arab Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Bull Arabs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Bull Arab dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Australian Pig Dog bark?
Average: The Bull Arab barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Bull Arab good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Bull Arab in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Bull Arab breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.

Bull Arab Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Bull Arab dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Bull Arab be left alone? How long can you leave a Bull Arab alone?
Bull Arab dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Bull Arab Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Bull Arab has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Bull Arab? How much bite force does a Bull Arab have? How strong is a Bull Arab bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Bull Arab bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Bull Arab measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Bull Arab is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Bull Arab bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Bull Arab bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Bull Arab puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Bull Arab, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Bull Arab bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Bull Arab can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Bull Arab bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Australian Pig Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bull Arab? Why do dog bites happen?

High 🔼

The Bull Arab has a high chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bull Arab do?
Bull Arab dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bull Arab dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Bull Arab Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bull Arab dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Bull Arabs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bull Arab breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bull Arab breed? Most common health risks of Bull Arab:
Cataracts Hip Dysplasia AllergiesBloatEpilepsyHeart ProblemsElbow DysplasiaArthritisEye DiseasesSkin Diseases
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bull Arab breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bull Arab see the vet?
The Bull Arab should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bull Arab dogs live? How old can a Bull Arab be? What is the age limit of the Bull Arab? How many years can the oldest Bull Arab live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Bull Arab?

How long is the lifespan of a Bull Arab?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Bull Arab: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Bull Arab Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Bull Arab have? What is the activity level of the Bull Arab?
Bull Arab dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Bull Arab need? How much exercise do Bull Arab dogs require per day?

Do Bull Arab dogs need a lot of exercises?

Bull Arab dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Bull Arab breed need?
Bull Arab dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Bull Arab Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Bull Arab need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Bull Arab breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Bull Arab? How much food should I feed my Bull Arab?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bull Arab risk for obesity:
Average: The Bull Arab has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bull Arab weight regularly.

Bull Arab Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bull Arab have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Bull Arab coats?
BlackTan Red Blue Silver Brindle Liver
How to groom the Bull Arab and how often? How often should I take my Bull Arab to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Bull Arab doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Bull Arab is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bull Arab dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Australian Pig Dog? Do Bull Arab dogs shed a lot?
Bull Arab dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bull Arab need a bath? How often should you give a Bull Arab a bath? Can I bathe my Bull Arab every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Bull Arab breed hypoallergenic?
Bull Arab dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Bull Arab has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Bull Arab drool?
The Bull Arab is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bull Arab Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bull Arab dogs get along with other pets? Are Bull Arab dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bull Arab dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bull Arab temperament with other people:
Bull Arab dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Bull Arab dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bull Arab temperament with children:
Bull Arab dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bull Arab dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Bull Arab breed live with a cat?
Bull Arab dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bull Arab good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bull Arab dogs get along with other dogs?
Bull Arab dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bull Arab breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Bull Arab breed suitable for first-time owners?
Bull Arab dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Bull Arab dogs good office canines? Do Bull Arab dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Bull Arab is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bull Arab dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Australian Pig Dog temperament with senior people? Are Bull Arab dogs good for elderly owners?
Bull Arabs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Bull Arab As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bull Arab be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Bull Arab is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bull Arab be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bull Arab be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Bull Arab is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bull Arab be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Bull Arab is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bull Arab be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Bull Arab is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bull Arab be a boat dog?

Not really

Bull Arab breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bull Arab be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Bull Arab is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Bull Arab dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Bull Arab Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Bull Arab pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Bull Arab breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Bull Arab: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bull Arab have in a litter? How many puppies can the Bull Arab breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Bull Arab have? How many puppies can a Bull Arab give birth to?
8-10 puppies

Bull Arab Recognition

AKC Group
Is Bull Arab recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Bull Arab recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bull Arab breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.

Bull Arab Pros and Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Bull Arab breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Bull Arab doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bull Arab dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bull Arab dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Child Friendly: Bull Arab dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bull Arabs are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bull Arab dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Bull Arabs tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Bull Arab dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bull Arab dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Bull Arab dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Bull Arab is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Bull Arab History


They are medium to large-sized dogs with a height from 61-69 cm and a weight of 30-45 kg. Most of them are white with spots of every type and color imaginable since there is no standard for their allowed appearance rather than the white coat dominating the body.



In 1970 a breeder named Mike Hodgens set this dog breed to be an amazing pig hunter. Back in that era, there weren’t many breeds specialized for wild pig hunting in Australia. As of in the US there were already a couple of dogs for this purpose such as the Blue Lacy and the Catahoula Leopard Dog that lived in Texas and Louisiana. But Mike wished to breed a new dog that fits the landscape of Australia and did not wish to use the dogs already in existence for hunting wild pigs. The first generation of Bull Arab was made of 50% English Bull terrier, 25% Greyhound, and 25% German Shorthaired Pointers (some suspect rather English Shorthaired Pointer). This combination gave the breed incredible speed, quick decision-making abilities, and tracking ability. These amazing dogs could track a wild pig from 6kms away.

As the Bull Arab became more popular at their job of managing wild pig populations, Hodgens crossed the breed with Bloodhounds and Mastiffs. Despite the efforts of standardizing the breed, backyard breeders really fancied this dog, making it hard to find a “real” Bull Arab. Another issue was their reputation because it is considered to be controversial to hunt wild pigs in Australia and because of the backyard breeders, many of the dogs developed aggressive traits. Despite the hard road to people's hearts, many Australians decided to go with this dog, using them for hunting, on farms, or as a family companion.



Despite the above-mentioned bad reputation of aggression, many owners will tell you otherwise. This could also be because breeders are now focused to make Bull Arabs more friendly and compassionate. As long as they are socialized and trained from a young age within a calm and friendly environment, they will turn out as amazing family pets. They are amazing working dogs at their heart but they balance family mode and working mode amazingly. When it is time to work there are more focused breeds. Nothing can tune them out, no distractions work for them.

They are fearless, powerful, and dedicated. Because they come from sighthounds and tracking breeds they constantly look out for prey. That can make them suit families without small animals such as cats, rabbits, and other rodents if not socialized from puppy age. It’s better to keep them on a leash or in closed areas because even with good recall training their instincts can overpower their owner's commands.

Their personality makes for a good guard dog which alerts immaculately when they sense danger but when they see a stranger is welcome by their owner they let their guards down if well socialized. They are known to be calm and friendly around people in general. We also need to mention that it can be a bit of a challenge for them to be around other dogs.

They can develop dog aggression which owners need to correct from a very young age. Enough said in today's age it is still hard to find a true Bull Arab since they are often crossed with other breeds such as Great Danes or Rhodesian Ridgebacks. It is best to find out as much as possible from the breeder of their background and even if all steps are done, we all know even within a breed the dog's personality can vary.


Training and Exercise

They can thrive when they have enough activities and exercise so it is best for them to be kept as indoor and outdoor dogs meaning they have a backyard for themselves throughout the day and a warm place or kennel inside for the night. As above mentioned socialization is number one for this breed from an early age. They need plenty of opportunities to meet various dogs and people whilst growing up. It is also important for every dog to let them stay with their mothers at least till they are 8 weeks old because they learn their mother's mannerisms and they get the best lessons as a part of a pack.

They enjoy positive reinforcement training, if trained harshly they can become stubborn and not willing to work with their owner. If you are not experienced with training dogs, remember it is always a good idea to call for help from an official licensed Dog Trainer. If given enough space and exercise they will be happy and content and calm without an issue.



Their grooming is one of the easiest tasks for their owners. Brushing through their coats once a week and occasional bathing is the only thing you need to do to keep them happy and your house clean.



They are known to have a long life span which could be maintained with a healthy balanced diet and vet visits yearly if nothing is out of the ordinary. Your dog will likely let you know if something is wrong. There are some illnesses you need to look out for though:

  • Epilepsy,
  • Bloating,
  • Allergies Cataracts could be the most common within the breed.
  • Dysplasia should always be considered when it comes to larger breeds.



If you would like to have a unique breed that is family-friendly and an amazing partner in both your home life and on your hunting trips this dog is for you. If you have an active life and past experience with hunting dogs the Bull Arab could be your match made in Heaven.

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Bull Arab Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Sas

    Jul 19, 2021, 1:02:22 AM:

    We have a bull arab x kelpie. She is affectionate, obedient, great with our older collie x. She is a bit boisterous. Doesn’t know her own size n weight but overall beautiful temperament and very intelligent.

  • mel

    Aug 4, 2020, 8:24:41 AM:

    love these dogs. very friendly to humans but agressive towards other dogs when not socialised properly. the problem with this is that they are so large they do a lot of damage i, but otherwise they are big babies who want cuddles and walks