There are more than 350 dog breeds worldwide, but the American Kennel Club (AKC) only recognizes 195. Some are popular, while others, like the Pakistani Bull Dog, are barely known despite dating back to the 1900s. The dog is a crossbreed between the Pakistani Bull Terrier and the Pakistani Bully Kutta. It is the highest quality Gull Terrier and is also known as the Gung Dong. It resembles the English Bull Terrier, but a few traits set it apart, as you shall learn from the facts below.
1. It is Good As a Guard Dog
According to Dog Breeds Expert, the Pakistan Bull Dog makes a good guard dog because of its wariness to strangers. Since it treats every stranger with suspicion, the breed will alert you of anyone lurking around your property. Besides, its fierce nature ensures that strangers keep off lest the dog becomes aggressive. For this reason, you must keep the dog on a leash every time.
2. It is Not a Great Family Pet
A canine is perfect for a family with kids if it is patient and gentle. Well, these are two traits that the Pakistani Bull Dog lacks. It is very dominant and strong-willed; therefore, when left with children, it can be dangerous once it unleashes its aggressive side. Besides, the dogs grow up to be quite big, making them a poor fit for small children. That is not to say that older children can be left unsupervised with the dog since it requires a person who can consistently handle it. Furthermore, it is very poor at socializing and will be fierce at the slightest provocation. Consequently, the breed will not do well in a home with other pets since they will always be threatened by its presence.
3. Difficult to Train
Wag walking enlightens us that the Pakistani Bull Dog is a headache to train. Its dominant nature prevents it from taking instructions; therefore, you have to be a professional to teach the dog basic commands. Once it establishes you as the leader of the pack, it is up to you to always ensure that it is under control.
4. It is Not Recognized by Any Dog Club
According to National Purebred Dog Day, the Pakistani Bull Dog is not recognized by any established kennel club or registry. It is, however, an established breed but does not meet the threshold for AKC to recognize it. For instance, the dog is rare and mainly found in Pakistan, yet for AKC to register it, it must have at least 300 dogs with a third-generation pedigree in the United States.
5. It Is Banned in Several Places
On April 29, 2009, Doggie Academy published a list of dogs that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) had banned. The long list included Gull Dongs, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Boxers, Chows, and Bull Terriers, among many more others. Although Doggie Academy did not go into details regarding the ban, other sources cited that untrained Pakistani Bull Dog is so dangerous hence the ban.
6. Its Origin
This dog breed dates back 120 years ago when the British ruled over India. When the British arrived in India and visited Sind and Punjab, an area that later became Pakistani, they were impressed by two dog breeds: the Gull Terrier the Bully Kutta. The British loved the speed of the Gull Terrier and were captivated by the strength of the Bully Kutta. Hence, they decided to cross-breed the two. As a result, the Gull Dong was born. All the same, there are no official records regarding the existence of the Pakistani Bull Dog, although it is believed to have emerged in the early 1900s.
7. Listed as one of the Most Dangerous Dog to Insure
Insurance Business Magazine listed the 25 most dangerous dog breeds to insure, and the Gull Dong was #18. Top of the list was the Pit Bull, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Caucasian Ovcharka. Most home insurance companies have banned these dog breeds because they are vicious. Even if you have a policy, they will not renew it if there is a vicious dog in the home. Therefore, before you go ahead to seek homeowners insurance, always be aware that your dog choice will affect whether or not an insurance company chooses to cover you.
8. It is Loyal and Affectionate
So far, there has not been one good thing mentioned regarding the Pakistani Bull Dog. However, besides its dominance and aggression, the dog is loyal and affectionate when socialized at a young age. Their protective instincts ensure that they will protect you from danger once they have recognized you as part of the pack. The grumpy disposition should not fool you into thinking the breed is unfriendly. Still, you have to train the canine from an early age to be respectful and identify you as the pack leader.
9. Are Great Working Dogs
The Pakistani Bull Dog enjoys working, and since they are strong, they can perform most tasks. If there is nothing much to do, you can help the dog expend some energy through vigorous exercises. Daily walks are recommended and if you want to adopt one, ensure that you have a large fenced yard for the dog to play. Due to this requirement, the breed is not suited for apartment living.
10. It Was Used in Dog Fights
Bullfighting was common during the colonial era in India. The British brought their fighting dogs to India and pitted them against each other and Indian indigenous dogs. The British Bull and Terrier breeds proved to be a force to reckon with and the Indians, not wanting to be defeated, decided to cross-breed their local Terrier with the Bully Kutta dogs. Although a few crossbreeds emerged, the Gull Dong became the dogfighting champion thanks to the speed and tenacity it inherited from its parents.