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Nicole Cosgrove

Chinese Shar Pei and Boston Terrier

The Sharbo is a medium sized mixed dog and is the offspring of the Chinese Shar-Pei and the Boston Terrier. He often takes part in agility and lives an average of 12 to 15 years. He is a playful and sweet dog but he is protective and can be aggressive if he perceives danger.

This dog has many great qualities about him, playful , intelligent, affectionate but it is hard to predict how well he will get on with other animals, dogs or children because each of his parents are so different in that respect. He can live in a house or apartment and will be very loyal to you.

Here is the Sharbo at a Glance
Average height Medium
Average weight 30 to 50 pounds
Coat type Straight, short, coarse or silky
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Twice a week
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Can tolerate moderate amounts of time alone
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Good
Good with Children? Boston terriers are excellent with them, Shar-Pei are moderately so, so anything in between!
Good with other Dogs? Boston terriers are excellent, Shar-Pei are low
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to very high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent as long as he gets some outside time each day
Good Pet for new Owner? Good
Trainability Moderate easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Patellar luxation, bloat, skin problems, eye problems, hypothyroidism, cancer, heart problems, deafness,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, swollen hock syndrome, allergies, Megaesophagus, Reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $255 to $400

Where does the Sharbo come from?

The Sharbo is a designer dog, which are a very popular trend right now with the public and with celebrities. Designer dogs covers those mixed breeds usually coming from two purebreds, deliberately bred, and often given a name that puts together the two parent names. A lot of designer dogs are from the US, and most have very little known about who first bred them and whether there was an intention or purpose behind the breeding. There is a very split opinion about designer dogs, some are against them just because they are not purebred and other are against them because many are being bred by bad breeders. On the other side people might argue all dogs are actually mixed at some time in their breeding history. The problems with the puppy mills and bad breeders is real though so take care where you buy from. Here is a look at the parents to see a little of what goes into the Sharbo.

The Boston Terrier

It was the late 1800s when this dog came about though it has not really known exactly what his origins are before that. He was one of the first made in America dogs to be recognized by the AKC. Up to the 1960s he was a very popular dog, ranking in the top ten. He is the official dog of Massachusetts.

Today he is a a smart and lively dog with an even temperament. He is very affectionate but can take a bit more work to train because he can be stubborn!

The Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei was bred to fight, guard, hunt and herd. His actual age is not known and he almost vanished when the People’s Republic of China was formed. However thanks to some being bred in Taiwan and Hong Kong this breed survived.

Today the Shar-Pei is an independent and strong willed dog but also very devoted and protective. He is wary of strangers but loves the company of people he is familiar with. He prefers spending all his time with his owner, is calm and can be intuitive. As he was once used in dog fighting and he can sometimes still be prone to aggression towards other dogs so good socialization and training are important.


The Sharbo is a playful and intelligent dog who can be very sweet but also can be aggressive. For that reason early socialization and training are important. He tends to be more aggressive though when he is being protective. Otherwise he is friendly, he loves to show affection as well as receive it and enjoys being social. He is happy to be active but then as equally happy to be cuddling on your lap or next to you. He can get jealous if he you pet another dog, if he thinks others are getting more love and attention than he is, or if he is not being included in something he thinks he should be!

What does the Sharbo look like

This dog is a medium sized dog weighing 30 to 50 pounds and has a strong body. He has a squared head, large round usually brown eyes and rather large, flappy but pointed ears. His coat is straight, coarse, short, silky and common colors are brown, golden, white, black and brindle.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Sharbo need to be?

He is fairly active so will need some regular exercise everyday to stay fit, healthy and happy. He would enjoy going to the dog park, playing games like fetch and he jumps very high. Something to keep in mind if you have a yard when fencing! Being medium in size he can live in an apartment as long as you take him outside each day for his walks or runs. Some of his exercise needs can be met with his play indoors.

Does he train quickly?

The Sharbo is moderately easy to train meaning it will not take a lot of extra effort or time to train him but nor will he be especially fast or easy. He is intelligent and he can learn so be prepared to be firm and consistent using positive methods. Praise him, reward him, encourage him. Do not punish him, scold him or become impatient with him. Early training and socialization are important to see that he becomes the best dog he can be.

Living with a Sharbo

How much grooming is needed?

He has low to moderate needs in terms of grooming. His coat does shed but it varies from low to moderate. This means there will be some loose hair to clear up after him but not as much as some. He should be brushed at least twice a week to keep it healthy looking and get rid of some of the loose hair. He should be given a bath just as he needs one, and you should use a dog shampoo only for the sake of his skin. Brush his teeth at least two to three times a week, clip his nails when they get too long, and check and wipe clean his ears once a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

This is a dog that gets on well with children and other animals as long as he is socialized early on. It also helps for him to be raised with them. His two parents are quite different on how they get along with children, pets and dogs so you could have a Sharbo who gets along fabulously with all of them, or one that needs a lot of help and some supervision, or something in between!

General information

He is a good watchdog and will bark to let you know of an intruder trying to get in. He otherwise is a rare barker. He should have two meals a day at least and his total amount of high quality dry dog food should be between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups. He is best in moderate climates only, he does not do well in very hot or cold so would need help.

Health Concerns

The Sharbo could inherit the health issues either parent is prone to such as Patellar luxation, bloat, skin problems, eye problems, hypothyroidism, cancer, heart problems, deafness, Joint dysplasia, swollen hock syndrome, allergies, Megaesophagus and Reverse sneezing. If you visit the puppy before buying and ask the breeder for health clearances for both parents you can raise the odds on you having a more healthy dog.

Costs involved in owning a Sharbo

The Sharbo puppy costs between $250 to $1200. Other costs include covering the micro chipping, neutering, blood tests, shots, deworming and getting a crate, carrier, collar and leash. Those come to between $455 to $500. Basic annual medical needs for check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560. Basic non-medical annual costs for food, treats, toys, training and license come to between $255 to $400.


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Featured Image Credit: Left – Waldemar Dabrowski, Shutterstock; Right – Aneta Jungerova, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.