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Sharbo (Boston Terrier & Shar-Pei Mix): Info, Pictures, Care & More!

Shar-Pei vs Boston Terrier Mix dog breed
Height: 15 – 20 inches
Weight: 30 – 50 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Colors: White, brown, golden, black, brindle
Suitable for: Active families, Apartment living, Beginning pet owners
Temperament: Sweet, lovable, intelligent, reasonably easy to train

If you’re looking for a medium-sized dog that’s lovable, reasonably easy to train, and intelligent all in one, then the Sharbo could be the best choice of pet for you and your family.

The Sharbo is a mix between a Boston Terrier and a Chinese Shar-pei, with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. This dog is sweet and lovable but does have an aggressive streak if he feels someone or something is threatening his owner.

An excellent choice for beginning pet owners and perfect for apartment living or a small fenced-in yard, The Sharbo will make someone a great and loyal companion. However, if you’re considering purchasing a Sharbo, then there’s a lot you need to know. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything needed to determine if a Sharbo is indeed the right choice of pet for you.

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Sharbo Puppies – Before You Buy…

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If you’ve ever laid your eyes on a Sharbo puppy, then you’re probably already sold on the idea of purchasing one for your very own. However, there are a few things you need to know first.

The first thing you need to know is a little about the parentage of the Sharbo. We’ll explain a bit of the history of these adorable pets in the section below.

The Sharbo is a designer dog with a parentage that comes from mixing a Boston Terrier with a Chinese Shar-pei. The result is an adorable medium-sized dog that makes an excellent guard dog and a loyal companion to the right pet owner. First, however, you need to know a little bit about this breed’s parents before making a final decision.

Chinese Shar-Pei

This breed was originally bred to fight, hunt, guard, and herd. The age of the Chinese Shar-Pei is not really known, but it’s said they started to disappear around the time of the formation of the People’s Republic of China. Luckily, this breed still thrived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, so they survived. This breed today loves to spend a lot of time with its owner, is fiercely protective, but also strong-willed and very independent. These qualities can easily be passed down to your Sharbo puppy as well.

Boston Terrier

We first came to know the Boston Terrier in the 1800s, although little is known about the breed before that time. The official dog of Massachusetts, this breed has an even temperament and is considered smart and energetic.

While he’s sweet and lovable, he’s also known to be quite stubborn, which can make him a bit hard to train.

Though the Sharbo is reasonably easy to train, that’s according to whether he takes after his Boston Terrier parent or his Chinese Shar-Pei parent. Therefore, if you’re going to purchase a Sharbo, it’s recommended that you go to a reputable breeder and check into the parent’s history before making a final decision.

In this way, you can determine which characteristics and personality your little puppy is apt to inherit.

What’s the Price of Sharbo Puppies?

A Sharbo puppy will cost you on the low end $250 and on the high end around $1,200. This, of course, is according to the breeder and his reputation.

However, the costs of a Sharbo puppy don’t end with the fee you pay to the breeder. It’s essential to note there are other costs involved with owning any puppy. You can expect to spend between $400 to $550 on deworming, microchipping, vaccines, blood tests, and purchasing a crate, collar, leash, and other essentials needed for a new puppy.

You should also expect to spend from $450 to $550 for annual checkups, the prevention of fleas and ticks, regular vaccinations, and pet insurance as well.

This doesn’t include the costs of food, toys, grooming, treats, license, and training if needed, which can run you on average between $250 to $400 a year.

While this is a low price to pay for a dog that is part of your family, it’s essential to know how much it’s going to cost you to purchase a Sharbo puppy and to keep it healthy and happy over the years.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Sharbo

Now that you know a bit about the costs and parentage of the Sharbo breed you’re considering purchasing read on below for a few facts you might not have already known.

1. Sharbo’s Make Good Watch Dogs

Since the Chinese Shar-Pei was bred to guard and protect, the Sharbo itself also makes a good guard dog. This breed is very protective and can become aggressive if he feels there’s a threat present.

2. Sharbo’s Are Low to No Shedders

A Sharbo is perfect for a pet lover who can’t stand shedding, as they are low to no shedders. In fact, brushing this breed once or even twice a week is ideal.

3. Sharbo’s Are Not Hypo-Allergenic

While your Sharbo pup is a low to no shedder, they aren’t a hypo-allergenic breed due to their Shar-Pei parentage.

Shar-pei vs Boston Terrier Mix
The parent breeds of the Sharbo: Left – Shar-Pei (David Raihelgauz, Shutterstock); Right – Boston Terrier (Artwork100, Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Sharbo

A Sharbo puppy is known for its intelligence but can be a bit temperamental and strong-willed at times. He’ll be playful, intelligent but can be aggressive. For that reason, it’s extremely important to socialize and train your Sharbo early on, while he’s still a puppy and malleable.

Your Sharbo will love cuddling on the couch with you but can get jealous if he feels you’re giving too much attention to another member of the animal family in your home. He’ll also get peeved and show jealously if he thinks you’re excluding him from something he believes he should be a part of.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Since the Sharbo is lovable, intelligent, and reasonably active, he gets along well with families. He gets along well with children also, but you need to socialize and train him early.

Since his parents are each quite different when it comes to getting along with children, it’s a crapshoot as to which side of the parentage your Sharbo will inherit. So, while he’s suitable for families and can be protective of them, you need to start socializing him when he’s just a puppy. He’ll also do better with children if he’s raised around them.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

As with children, the Sharbo will get along great with other pets and dogs if he’s raised with them and socialized to do so. Because of his parentage, you could end up with a dog that gets along famously with all pets or a dog that needs tender care and patience to get used to sharing you with other canines.

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Things to Know When Owning a Sharbo:

By this point, you’ve probably decided whether you want to adopt a Sharbo for your very own. At this point in our guide, we’ll go into the food, diet, and exercise requirements for this breed, as well as what type of exercise your pet will need.

We’ll also talk about ease of training and any health conditions you should be on the lookout for with your new Sharbo family member.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Since the Sharbo grows to be around 50 pounds, it stands to reason that they should be fed a diet that keeps them healthy and happy.

It’s recommended that you feed your Sharbo a high-quality food and give him 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of dry dog food daily. It’s also best to split this food up into two meals. If you’re unsure that the food you’re giving your dog is the right amount or best quality for him, it’s best to contact your vet. He’ll be able to provide you with the correct diet requirements for your dog’s size and recommend the highest quality food to ensure your pup is healthy and happy for years to come.

Exercise 🐕

The Sharbo is a moderately active dog, which means just running around and playing in a fenced-in backyard is enough exercise for him. However, he does well with apartment living, if you take him to the park to play and for a daily walk.

He can get a bit of his daily requirement of exercise from playing indoors; however, outside play is best.

Training 🎾

The Sharbo breed is reasonably easy to train. This means that he can be difficult if he decides to be stubborn, and that’s according to which side of his parentage he takes after.

It can take a bit of time and patience to train this breed, but it’s not going to be fast. Since he is intelligent, it’s best to use positive reinforcement to get him to do what you want. Never yell at, belittle, or punish your dog, as this will only lead to him becoming stubborn and not doing anything you want.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming a Sharbo is pretty easy, as they don’t shed much, if at all. Brushing your pet once or even twice a week will keep his coat healthy and shiny. Brush your dogs’ teeth twice a week and give him a bath as needed.

Make sure that you make regular appointments with his groomer for nail trimming and other essentials for the best results.

Health and Conditions 🏥

While the Sharbo breed is a relatively healthy dog, there are a few severe and minor conditions you should watch out for.

We’ll go into a few of those conditions below.

Minor Conditions
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Allergies
  • Swollen hock syndrome
Serious Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Heart problems
  • Cataracts
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Deafness
  • Bloat
  • Skin and eye problems

If you notice any of these minor or severe health problems with your Sharbo pup, it’s best to get him to the vet right away for diagnosis and treatment.

You should also talk to any breeder you’re considering purchasing your Sharbo puppy from to determine just how much of a chance there is for your pup developing any of the conditions above.

Male vs. Female

There is very little difference between the male and female of the Sharbo breed. The male may get a slight bit bigger than the female. Of course, if you’re going to adopt a female and don’t want to breed her, it’s best to have her fixed as soon as possible for her health and so you don’t end up with a houseful of puppies in the future.

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Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the Sharbo breed. From training and exercise to temperament and health problems, this should be everything you need to know to decide as to whether this is the right pet for you.

Take your time, do your research, and don’t forget that you’re offering this pup a forever home, so be sure this is the pet you want before heading to the breeder to purchase one. A Sharbo will make you a great companion and will love you for many wonderful years to come.


Featured Image Credit: Left – Shar-Pei (Natalia Budianska, Shutterstock); Right – Boston Terrier (Zita Ile, Shutterstock)

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