Ba-Shar

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40-50 lbs
10-13"
United States
Sharp Asset

The Ba-Shar is a combination of a Basset Hound and a Shar-Pei and was first bred in the United States. The breed varies in color and can include chocolate, cream, fawn, white, black, browns and golden while the coat is usually short, dense, harsh, and water-repellent. They are affectionate and intelligent dogs and are very loyal to their owners. They are fairly easy to maintain with their shortish fur but should be brushed at least twice a week. They make quite good watchdogs and can be a little stubborn at times. They are great family pets and even though they are large dogs could live in an apartment as long as they had regular daily exercise routines.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Basset Hound, Shar-Pei

Ba-Shar Health

Average Size
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 40-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Bloat
  • Hyperthyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Ba-Shar Breed History

The Ba-Shar is a hybrid between the Basset Hound and the Chinese Shar-Pei. Basset Hounds, with their distinctive short legs and large heads, were first bred in France as hunting dogs in the late 1500s. The word "Basset" was recorded in French text written in the sixteenth century although the breed was developed by the  Friars of the Abbey of St. Hubert in northern France. The idea was to breed hounds that could follow hunters on foot. According to the American Kennel Club, the word “Basset” when referring to a breed of dog derives from the French adjective “bas” which means “low thing” or “dwarf”. Bloodhounds are a likely part of their ancestry and they have a very keen sense of smell. Hunters used them to track rabbits, fox, pheasants, deer and badgers although they were also used to hunt bigger animals such as wild boar and wolf. They were prized for being low enough to follow the scent of prey under brush in thick forests but were bred more for stamina than speed. One of the most famous Basset Hounds is Fred, the cartoon dog, who has been appearing in the Daily Mail for more than 50 years and under different names in some 200 newspapers around the world. The breed is sometimes referred to as a Hush Puppy. The Chinese Shar-Pei originated in the southern provinces of China around 2000 years ago and are known for the wrinkles in their coats. They were bred for their strength and used on farms for hunting although later became fighting dogs. They were brought to the United States in 1973 and accepted in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1988. In 1991 they were recognized by the club as a member of the Non-Sporting Group. They are also known as Chinese Fighting Dogs.

Ba-Shar Breed Appearance

The Ba-Shar is a large breed with males weighing up to 60 pounds with a height of around 13 inches. Your pet is likely to share many of the characteristics of the parent breeds. The coat is short, dense, harsh and can have wrinkles although not as many as the Chinese Shar-Pei. They have quite large heads - sometimes referred to as hippo heads - and their bodies are quite low, like the Basset Hound. The brown eyes are almond shaped, large and very expressive while the tails are long and curved and end in a curl. They usually have floppy, long ears and quite big paws.

Ba-Shar Breed Maintenance

The coat of a Ba-Shar is fairly short but will still need a moderate amount of grooming to keep the dog in peak condition. They are not hypoallergenic dogs and don’t shed that much. But brush your dog at least once or twice week to keep the skin stimulated and only bathe him when necessary. Ear infections can be common in dogs with long, floppy ears so it is important to check them regularly and clean them with wet cotton wool. Do it from an early age so the dog gets used to the ears being handled. Nails should be trimmed when necessary and teeth brushed daily if possible or at least two or three times a week.

Ba-Shar Temperament

The Ba-Shar is a very loyal and intelligent dog who would be an excellent family pet. They love to be around their owners and will be very protective of them and prefer not being left alone for any length of time. They can be a bit lazy. Ba-Shars don’t bark a lot but some have been known to howl when they are unhappy and they can become destructive if left to their own devices. They are playful, affectionate and energetic dogs but can be quite stubborn so early training is a must. Training will also help with socialisation skills to get them accustomed to other animals. But they are smart dogs so will learn quickly with the right trainer. They are good with children but can be a little stand-offish with strangers and new things. They love chasing small wild animals like squirrels and rabbits so make sure they are on a leash when out of doors and that the yard is secure.

Ba-Shar Activity Requirements

Ba-Shar dogs are sometimes referred to as couch potatoes because they have a tendency to be a bit lazy. But it is a good idea to exercise your dog regularly to keep it fit and healthy also because these breeds have a tendency to get fat if they are inactive. Ba-Shars enjoy walks and playing with toys but they do love to chase things so make sure they are kept on a leash when out in public. Games in an enclosed yard like chasing a ball would go down well. Younger pups are more active and love to chew so rawhide bones or chew toys would be a good idea. They prefer medium temperatures and have a fairly low tolerance to heat or cold.

Ba-Shar Owner Experiences