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Bullwhip History

The Bullwhip is a fairly new type of whip, but its history extends back centuries. The tradition of the Bullwhip can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when it was used as a tool by shepherds. The origin of the word “Bull Whip” is unclear, but it probably derives from the Latin “bulla”, meaning “knot”. The modern version of the Bullwhip consists of a braided leather thong, or lash, with a handle at each end. The thong is wrapped around a knot at one end and then around the fingers at the other. The thong is whipped back and forth using the wrist as a fulcrum. The movement of the person holding the thong causes the thong to coil and uncoil. The thong can also be wrapped and coiled around a baton or a cane. In modern times, Bullwhips have been used for stage performances, circus acts and rodeos. Today, they are mainly used as props in films and on television.

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Bulldog, Whippet

Bullwhip Physical Characteristics

The Bullwhip is a small, medium-size companion breed of dog that typically stands between 15 and 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 55 pounds. They have a heavy, stocky body and a thick, short, rough or curly, weatherproof coat that is fawn, cream, red, or a blend of these colors. They have a round head with almond shaped eyes. They are affectionate, playful, energetic, sociable, lively, and hardy dogs.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 13 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 60 lbs

Bullwhip Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Bullwhip Health Concerns

Entropion, Gastric Torsion, Colitis, Elbow

Bullwhip Temperament and Behaviour

The Bullwhip is a friendly and gentle-natured dog. They are sensitive and love to please their owners. They are highly intelligent and make great companions. They are naturally protective of their families and will go out in search of danger when alerted to it.

Bullwhip Activity Requirements

Bullwhips are a high-energy, intelligent, and athletic dog that is great with children and other pets. While they are not recommended for first-time dog owners, they make wonderful pets for the right owner. If you are looking for a high-energy companion, a Bullwhip may be right for you. These dogs are very active and need quite a bit of vigorous exercise. They excel at hiking, running, and other sports, and they also love to play and jump. These dogs do best in homes where they can be close to their families. They crave attention and affection, so they do not do well left alone for long periods of time. If you have the time and the energy for a Bullwhip, these dogs can make great companions.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bullwhip is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bullwhip is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Bullwhip is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bullwhip is part of the Unclassified group.

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