A BULL ARAB is believed to have attacked a two-year-old boy in Nowra.
A two-year-old boy is in hospital after he was attacked by a dog on the NSW South Coast.
The boy suffered injuries to his head, chest, back and legs when he was bitten by a bull Arab in the front yard of a home on Quickmatch Street, Nowra, about 4pm on Sunday.
The boy was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital where he was in a stable condition, but a NSW Health spokesperson confirmed he was being transferred to Westmead Hospital on Monday morning.
Mike Jarman from the Shoalhaven City Council Rangers told AAP the dog had been taken to the RSPCA's Shoalhaven shelter.
It is understood the dog's owners are known to rangers, which they are working to confirm through a microchip scan.
"At the moment the dog is too unsettled and too aggressive to get near it to see if it's registered to the owners," Mr Jarman said, adding that rangers did not have the power to put the dog down without the owners' permission.
The attack is not the first on a child in NSW this year.
In January, a seven-year-old boy suffered leg and facial injuries after he was mauled by abull mastiffat a home in Leppington, in Sydney's south-west.
In February, a bull Arab-great Dane cross bit off part of a five-year-old girl's nose in the front yard of a home in Pendle Hill, in Sydney's west.
The bull Arab was originally developed in Australia in the 1970s by crossing a bull terrier with a German short haired pointer and a greyhound.
On its website, the Australian Bull Arab Registry says the bull Arab is a "tough, active dog" that "needs to have the endurance and speed to be able to hunt and find but still the strength to control a wild boar".
The Bull Arab was originally developed in Australia by a breeder named Mike Hodgens in the 1970s by crossing a Bull Terrier with a German Shorthaired Pointer and a Greyhound. The dog was 50% Bull Terrier. Later, the Bloodhound and English Pointer were added in and some bloodlines have also added in Mastiff.