Bull Arab

Bull Arab

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The Bull Arab Best known for its ability to hunt feral pigs of Australia and showing its increasing value as a member of the family. This type of dog has been in Australia for many years but as yet have not been recognised as a Pure Breed, however, they are well known amongst the hunting fraternity and although they are not the only type of dog used for hunting, they have proven their ability for the task. 

A tough, active dog, he needs to have the endurance and speed to be able to hunt and find but still the strength to control a Wild Boar. The dog presents a balanced image between power and speed. Everything about the dog should be moderate and balanced, it is not a dog of extremes. Scars resulting from wounds received while working are considered honourable and are not to be penalized. Symmetrical and well built all over, general outline a series of graceful curves.

The Bull Arab was developed by Mick Hodgens in the mid 1970’s. Different breeds were crossed together to strive for the ultimate pig dog. The cross used in the Bull Arab was chosen for its temperament and trainability.

Over time, as the interest into this style of dog has grown so to has the breeding of the dogs. Not only breeders who try and breed true to type dogs but also those who use it in a cross with other breeds. However, there are some people who are cashing in on the name of the dog and they are being sold as a straight Bull Arab, not a cross, and this is making it hard for people to identify what is a true Bull Arab. So that we don’t lose sight of these magnificent dogs, a group of concerned and dedicated Bull Arab followers have banded together to form the Australian Bull Arab Registry Inc, to make sure that the Bull Arab that we know and love today, is still around in generations to come.

TEMPERAMENT: Kind, even tempered, independent, busy.

HEAD & SKULL: The head and muzzle are strong and powerful.

HEAD: Head is of a moderate length and breadth in proportion to foreface. Eyes are bright, colour is in accordance with coat colour.

TEETH:  A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a level bite. Teeth broken or incisors lost, while working are not to be penalized.

EARS: They are a moderate size, full drop ears.

NECK: The strong, muscular neck is of moderate length. Free from loose skin and throatiness, it is slightly arched.

BODY: The body conveys an active appearance. The chest is not too big, nor too shallow. The strong, straight back is in proportion to the height. Not too long, not too short.

HINDQUARTERS: Muscular, thigh muscles well developed, strait when viewed from behind, well angled when viewed from the side.

FEET: Oval, close knit, arched toes.

TAIL: The tail is set low, thick at the base and tapers to a point. Its length is in proportion to the body.

COAT:  The coat must be smooth and short. A soft textured undercoat may be present in cold weather. No feathering on tail or legs or double coat to be apparent.

COLOUR: Acceptable colours include: Black, Red, Liver (with a red nose), Buckskin, Blue, Silver, Tan, and Brindle. Most dogs are predominantly white with patches of these colours. Many dogs have ticking on their white patches. Unacceptable colours: Harlequin, Merle, Black and Tan.

HEIGHT & WEIGHT: Height range: Males 63 – 69cm, Females 61 – 66cm 

These are a guide only, balance in a dog is considered more important than falling within guidelines.

DISQUALIFICATIONS:  Unilateral or Bilateral Cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Incorrect colour, incorrect coat.

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