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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Sharmatian is a mixed dog the result of pairing a Dalmatian with a Chinese Shar-Pei. She is a medium to large cross breed with a 10 to 12 year life span. She is an energetic and friendly dog who is a great and smart family dog.

The Sharmatian could be a great option for people looking for a more medium sized Dalmatian looking dog. She is friendly and adaptable and can live in an apartment as long as you take her out every day, twice a day. She needs owners who can be moderately active though as she is energetic and she needs early socialization and training. She will be faithful and affectionate and be a great addition to your home.

Here is the Sharmatian at a Glance
Average height 18 to 24 inches
Average weight 40 to 60 pounds
Coat type Short, silky, smooth
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to high
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Tolerant to moderate amounts of time alone
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Anything from low to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good
Good with other Dogs? Good
Good with other Pets? Good
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good – she may be a little large and she has a lot of energy
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Bloat, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cancer, skin problems, eye problems, deafness, Urolithiasis, Iris Sphincter Dysplasia, OCD,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, allergies, swollen hock syndrome,
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $485 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $390 to $500

Where does the Sharmatian come from?

The Sharmatian is a designer dog, one of the newer ones to be bred in the last 10 years in fact. Designer dogs have been around for several decades but have really soared in popularity in the last 20 years. Celebrities and the public seem to be taken with them. Most are from breeding two purebreds together and then given a blended name. Often breeders will promise that this gives you a dog with the best of both parents in them. This can be true but it is not always the case as there is not much manipulation a breeder can really do with this first generation breeding. Therefore be aware the Sharmatian is not the same looking dog or even the same temperament for everyone. Another problems that has arisen with the rise of Designer dog is the number of puppy mills and bad breeders. Take care who you buy from if this is the dog you really want. Here is a look at the parents since there is no origin information for her.

The Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei comes from Southern China where he was bred to fight, guard, hunt and herd. It is not known how old he really is. When the People’s Republic of China was formed the whole dog population in the country nearly disappeared including the Shar-Pei. However thanks to some being bred in Taiwan and Hong Kong and to Matgo Law for bringing some to America in 1973 this breed survived.

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

The Dalmatian

The Dalmatian’s origins are mostly unknown but Romanies were said to have come over with spotted dogs so this could be where he comes from. He was named Dalmatian during his time in Dalmatia in the area now called Croatia. He has a long history and has been used as a working dog a range of roles from guard dogs, herding dogs, retrievers, ratters, coaching dogs and circus dogs.

Today the Dalmatian is more a companion and family dog. He is a dog with a lot of energy and requires a lot of exercise. He loves attention and is happy when he pleases his owner which makes training easy. He is clever and enjoys making you laugh. He is still a great watchdog as he is very alert. Socialization and training help him to be good with children.


The Sharmatian is an intelligent family dog who is affectionate and playful too. She can be somewhat sensitive but can handle moderate amounts of time alone. She is energetic and friendly and loves to be with family where all the action is going on.

What does the Sharmatian look like

She is a medium to large dog standing 18 to 24 inches tall and weighs 40 to 60 pounds. She has flappy ears, and her coat really depends on which parent she leans more towards. It is straight and can be smooth and short like the Dalmatian or it could be brush coated or horse like from the Shar-Pei.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Sharmatian need to be?

She is energetic and very enthusiastic about going outside and playing. She loves to run, or take at least a couple of brisk walks a day of a decent length. Trips to a dog park are a good idea. As a medium to large dog while she is not ideal for apartment living she could adapt to it. But she is energetic so she would needs outdoor time every day. If there is a yard for her to play in that would be a great bonus.

Does she train quickly?

The Sharmation is smart and she can learn quickly sometimes but you need to keep it interesting for her. Be firm, consistent and positive with your approach. Negative techniques like scolding or physical punishment is not going to be effective. She is moderately easy to train so training will not prove especially hard. Early training and socialization are important to get her to be the best dog she can be. It improves not just her behavior but bring out her better traits and smooths out areas that are less than ideal. It helps her deal with other animals, children, people, dogs and situations and it helps you in being able to trust how she will respond.

Living with a Sharmatian

How much grooming is needed?

She sheds a low amount so there is not as much cleaning up to do after her each day and there will be less loose hair to deal with. Brush her still daily to keep her coat healthy, with a short coat that brushing is not hard to do. Giving her a bath is something she will need but it only has to be when she actually needs one as apposed to bathing on a schedule which could cause her natural oils to be negatively affected. Always use a dog shampoo at bath time. Once a week though you can check and wipe her ears clean. There are solutions you can buy for this, use a cotton ball with them. Never insert anything into her ears, just wipe where you can see. Her toe nails will need clipping when they get too long, this may be something you leave for the vet or groomer to do as you do not want to cut them too low. Finally her teeth need looking after, a brush two to three times a week should be good.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Sharmatian is good with children, dogs and other pets too but early socialization and training do help. The Dalmatian side of her is much better than her Shar-Pei so it really also depends on which parent she leans more towards. Make sure children are taught how to touch and play with dogs in a safe way.

General information

She is a good dog if you want one who will act as a watchdog. She will bark to let you know of a stranger coming to the house and apart from that her bark is rare. For food you should always try to use a high quality dry dog food as it is more nutritious for them. She could need 2 1/2 to 3 cups a day which should be split into a minimum of two meals. She can handle moderate climates.

Health Concerns

When breeding a Dalmatian with a Shar-Pei there is the risk of either of their health issues being passed on to the offspring. You need to look at parental health clearances before buying the puppy and you should also always make a visit to the breeders to see the conditions the puppy is kept in, and the health of the other animals there. Any breeder who does not want you to see any of that should not be one you buy from. The health concerns the Sharmatian might inherit include Bloat, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cancer, skin problems, eye problems, deafness, Urolithiasis, Iris Sphincter Dysplasia, OCD, Joint dysplasia, allergies and swollen hock syndrome.

Costs involved in owning a Sharmatian

A Sharmatian puppy could cost anything, at the time of writing this article none could be found for sale to get a range from. Other costs to be prepared for are for things like eventual spaying, micro chipping, blood tests, shots and deworming. She will also need a crate, bowls, collar and leash. These costs come to between $450 to $500. Annual non-medical needs will cost $390 to $500 and that is for just essentials like food, training, license, toys and treats. Annual medical basics will cost between $485 to $600 and that should cover just the insurance, flea prevention, vaccinations and check ups.


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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.

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