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The Bullwhip is a medium to large mixed dog, a cross between the purebred Bulldog and Whippet. She takes part in tricks, agility and obedience events at show and has a life span of 12 to 15 years. She is a cheerful and happy dog but does have the potential to display some aggression if not properly raised.

Here is the Bullwhip at a Glance
Average height Medium to large
Average weight 20 to 60 pounds
Coat type Straight, dense, fine
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Every other day
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good but needs socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good – can adapt if needed but is is best with a yard
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good, best with experienced owner
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Very active
Tendency to get Fat Low to high
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, patellar luxation, Anesthesia sensitivity, Von Willebrand's, Deafness,
Other Health Concerns Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, hip dysplasia, skin problems, tail problems,
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $585
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $655 to $755

Where does the Bullwhip come from?

As mentioned this is not a purebred dog but a mixed breed. Dogs the result of accidental breeding between different purebreds are often referred to as mutts. These dogs though are meant to stand out from those as these are deliberately bred first generation dogs and are being called Designer dogs as a result. A lot like the Bullwhip have a name that puts together part of the parent names. Since the 1980s these have grown in popularity and are a real trend at the moment amongst famous celebs and the public. As with most of these dogs there are no details on their origins so we look at the parent dogs to get a better understanding of the possibilities in looks and temperament.

The Whippet

The Whippet is only 200 or so years old so is fairly new in terms of purebreds. He was bred in Northern England in the late 1700s and was often used by poachers for chasing and hunting small prey like rabbits on estates. He was small and fast and was more popular with the working class where he was also used in rag races. In 1891 he was recognized by the Kennel Club in England and by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

This is a friendly and amiable dog who still loves to chase and is very active but inside the home tends to be more gentle. He will chase smaller animals or anything that moves so needs to be walked on a leash. He is alert and is a good watchdog but not a good guard dog.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog was developed in England sometime in the 16th century as a bull baiting dog. Bull baiting was a sport practiced for sometime in those days, it was both a spectator sport and they thought it tenderized the meat. The dog was bred to be fierce, tenacious, brave, aggressive and strong. Despite their bloody background when bull baiting was banned some breeder saw potential in the Bulldog and started to work on developing him into something less aggressive.

Today the Bulldog is known as a friendly a gentle dog, sweet but still courageous making him a good watchdog. He can be stubborn but he is kind and gets along with everyone. He is a slow learner so training can take longer than for many dogs.



The Bullwhip is a happy and cheerful dog who is friendly and enjoys being social. She is calm in general and is intelligent too. However she does have a very independent and willful side and can lean towards being aggressive occasionally when she has not been raised, trained and socialized well. If those things are in place though she can also be loving, loyal, funny and quiet.

What does the Bullwhip look like

She is a medium to large dog weighing 20 to 60 pounds with floppy ears and a straight and dense coat that is also fine. Common colors are gray, brown, black, red and white. She can lean to either parent in looks so could be more muscular like the Bulldog or leaner like the Whippet.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Bullwhip need to be?

This is a very active dog so she will need plenty of daily exercise outside each day to keep her happy, better behaved and healthy. She will need daily walks at least twice a day of a fair length and time to play too. Access to a yard is preferable with this dog as she needs a place to play and explore in each day. She is best with owners who are happy to be active with her and may even be already active themselves and can take her along on hikes, runs and so on. Make sure she also gets some mental challenges to keep her mind working too.

Does she train quickly?

She is not easy to train, the difficulty comes a lot from her independence so it is best to have experience so that you are prepared for the need for patience, consistency and being positive. Use rewards, praise her when she is successful and treats can be very motivating! If needed you can use a professional trainer or school to help you. Early training and socialization are key and are not something to skip just because it may be time consuming. If you do not have the patience or time required for this commitment this is not the dog for you.

Living with a Bullwhip

How much grooming is needed?

She has moderate needs in terms of looking after her coat and general grooming. She sheds a moderate amount so there will be some cleaning up to do after her loose hair on furnishings and such. Brushing her will help remove loose hair from the coat before it ends up else where. Every other day should be enough to keep it looking good and healthy. When it comes to bath time keep in mind doing it too often can actually be detrimental as it damages the oils in her skin, which is also true of using shampoos that are not for canines specifically. She will need her ears checked and wiped clean once a week in case of ear infections which is a problem most dogs with floppy ears have. Her nails should be clipped when they get too long by someone who knows that dog nails have a lower section that should be cut as it will cause bleeding and pain. Finally brushing her teeth for good dental hygiene at least two to three times a week is a good idea.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With early socialization and training she is good with children, other dogs and other pets. She does like to chase smaller animals so may hunt them for fun!

General information

She rarely barks but may make Bulldog like noises like snoring and grunting. She needs to be fed 2½ to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into at least two meals. She is not good in cold weather so is best kept in more moderate climates.

Health Concerns


There are health issues that can be passed from parent to offspring such as Eye problems, patellar luxation, Anesthesia sensitivity, Von Willebrand's, Deafness, Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, hip dysplasia, skin problems and tail problems. Ask the breeder to show you health clearances for both parents to have a better chance at avoiding these. Also visit the puppy to check on the conditions and how the breeder is with their animals, it is the best way to judge them and get a healthy pet.

Costs involved in owning a Bullwhip

The Bullwhip puppy could cost between $250 to $600. Other costs for things like a crate, carrier, collar, leash, deworming, shots, blood tests, chipping and spaying come to between $450 to $500. Annual medical costs for just the basics like check ups with a vet, shots, flea prevention and health insurance come to between $485 to $585. Other costs each year for basics that are not medical in nature like treats, food, toys, license and training come to between $655 to $755.


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The Bullwhip has many great qualities, she is loyal and affectionate and she is such a cheerful presence in the home. She does need firm handling, and her training and socialization are key to her being the best she can be. Best with people who are active and experienced.

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