like the kelpie, kangeroo dog and the blue cattle dog the bull arab is one of australias own breeds. the history of the bull arab goes back approx 25 years when a dog enthusiast named mick hodges started experimenting with different breeds and their crosses for catching cleanskin bulls in north queensland. hodges chose breeds based on their hunting abilitys to produce the ultimate bull catching dog. his early crosses of greyhound and bull terrier met with mixed success, for a while the resultant offspring had plenty of heart and could leg it fairly well neither of those breeds are renowned for their sense of smell. how often do you see these breeds working in bomb detection or sniffing baggage at international airports?
Hodges obviously knew what he wanted in his line of dogs and carefully selected the breeds he believed would suit his purpose. he went looking for something with a nose and he decided on the english pointer... some say it was the german short haired pointer while others claim both varieties were used. the coluration on some of todays breeds suggest that the latter maybe closer to the mark.
Why the name bull arab is anyones guess but a couple of theories exist. one story comes from a property in queensland where the dogs were housed in an area between arab horses and the propertys breeding bulls. the dogs on the place becoming know as bull arabs. another is that hodges kennel name was "bullarab" and the dogs were named after this...
the breed is not recognised as a pure bred but they breed to a fixed type in terms of appearance and temperament and possess a strong working instinct. it is worth remembering that most if not all of the recognised breeds we have today originated from a deliberate mixing of 2 or more breeds and that the bull arab is no exception. this no-nonsense hunting dog is best left in it pure state and as an all-round pig dog is hard to beat..
Edited by oldskool, 09 October 2006 - 12:58 pm.