A Ba-Shar is not a pure breed dog. It is a mixed breed which combines the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Basset Hound into one. The popularity of hybrid dogs and designer breeds has prompted people to come out with this one. It still gaining on popularity and there are still not a lot of breeders available.
Nevertheless, the Ba-Shar breed is gaining its ground. Being a fairly young breed and with not a lot of numbers, it might be hard to get one even. A Ba-Shar is a medium to large sized dog and many of its characteristics are still not established because of the breed mixing that has been done.
History & Origins
Similarly as with other designer dogs, the Ba-Shar’s history is not so much known. There are some doubts about how the breed originated in the first place. But since designer dogs have gained on popularity in the past 30 years and since a large number of them has only been created in the past 15 years, we can attest to this breed being made on purpose. The question is still where? The combination of a Basset Hound and a Shar-Pei was very interesting one to get.
Unfortunately, they dogs may inherit a lot of the characteristics of their parents but as is the case with the first generation of pups, they tend to look more like one parent than the other. Generally speaking, the rules and the characteristics about Ba-Shar dogs are still up in the air and can go one way or the other.
Ba-Shar Characteristics & Temperament
The Ba-Shar is a loyal, affectionate and intelligent type of a dog. Their loyalty makes them really good pets and allows them to be great family dogs as well. They enjoy the company of people and will form a bond with their family. They also do not like being left alone for too long and if you do that they may tend to howl and eventually create separation anxiety. But if you play with them and keep them in the loop about everything you do, there are not going to be any problems. They are protective of your home and work as great guard dogs. Your children will most certainly like being around them also.
When it comes to activity, these dogs are fairly active. But they do tend to be more active when they are pups. As they grow older their energy level dissipates. Exercise is important, but you do not need to provide them as much as you would with other dogs. They are happy to go on a walk but will just as well enjoy laying around in the house or on a couch. Training is a bit difficult for inexperienced owners. These dogs may get to be stubborn at times so you need to approach their training with calmness and positive thinking. A Ba-Shar also has the habit of chewing things, so make sure you provide them with chewing toys so they don’t chew the furniture.
Appearance, Colors, Size
As the Ba-Shar can tend to look more like one parent breed than the other, there are still some established characteristics that out can rely on. For instance, the size of this dog is viewed to be somewhere between medium to large. They usually grow to be 10 to 13 inches tall and can weigh about 30 to 60 pounds.
These dogs are characterized by having a long body, like the Basset Hound, but they do have short legs as well. They have large heads, sometimes described as Hippo heads, with floppy long ears on the sides. The eyes are brown the tail is long with a curve at the end.
As far as the coat of the dog goes, it is rough, straight and short. The coat can also be very dense and they can have wrinkles the same way as a Shar-Pei does. Since it is a mixed breed, there are many colors that come into mind. But some of the more common ones are chocolate, cream, fawn, white, black, browns and golden.
The Ba-Shar breed has a life expectancy of about 8 to 10 years. This is considered to be just somewhere at the standard for living of these types of dogs, especially when we consider hybrid breeds. Health concerns and issues are inherited from their parents and these type of dogs may only suffer from such problems as Hypothyroidism, cancer, skin problems, patellar luxation, bloat, OCD, eye problems, Swollen hock syndrome, joint dysplasia and allergies.
In order to lessen the possibility of having health problems of these kind you should take the dog to a vet regularly and see to it that it is vaccinated and taken care of regularly.
Grooming & Shedding
The greatest advantage of a Ba-Shar is the fact that it does not shed a lot. In fact, they are considered of having hypoallergenic fur, which is great for people with allergies. There are still a few things that you need to do to keep their coats and make sure that they look good.
Brush their fur as much as you can and it is best to do it on a daily basis. Since these dogs have wrinkles you should clean them in order to avoid infections. Clipping their nails and making sure to clean their ears is also a great way to make sure that they are in top condition.
Ba-Shar Price and Breeders
The price range for a single Ba-Shar puppy is actually spread a lot. It can go from $650 to $1900. There have not been a lot of breeders in the past that offer quality dogs, but in recent times their number is growing, as well as the Ba-Shar breed in general.
Nevertheless, it can become fairly easy to get one of these dogs now and as long as you are willing to look for them.
Alternative ways of getting a Ba-Shar dog is adoption. Many people are looking for ways to find a quality dog without paying too much. One of them is getting them through rescuing one. Well, this is now much easier as there are more organizations that do that. Make sure to contact all the major rescue organizations and they will probably have a Ba-Shar for you.