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She is a strong dog, in body and string willed too. She needs experienced and at least somewhat active owners. She also needs early socialization and training. She can be a good family pet in the right home. For your love and attention she will offer her love and devotion.
|Here is the Sharpull Terrier at a Glance|
|Average weight||Up to 60 pounds|
|Coat type||Short to medium, straight, fine|
|Shedding||Moderate to frequent|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Anywhere from low to good|
|Barking||Low to occasional|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Low – socialization is very important|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Good as long as she gets the long walks she needs|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Just moderate|
|Trainability||Can be difficult|
|Exercise Needs||Fairly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Above average|
|Major Health Concerns||Hypothyroidism, heart problems, cancer, bloat, patellar luxation, skin problems, eye problems, OCD,|
|Other Health Concerns||Joint dysplasia, allergies, swollen hock syndrome|
|Life Span||10 to 12 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$200 to $500|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $600|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $610|
Where does the Sharpull Terrier come from?
The Sharpull Terrier does not have any known information on where she comes from, who bred her and why. This is true for most designer dogs, these are dogs who tend to have two purebred parents and a name that blends those parents names together. Designer dogs are very popular among the public and the stars of today but there are some thing to be aware of before making your final decision. There are no guarantees when it comes to looks or temperament no matter what the breeder might say. The sales pitch and the hope is for a dog with the best of both parents. The reality is anything can go in the mix! Secondly because of how popular these dogs have become a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills have started breeding them, having no care about which dogs they put together, and no care about the dogs they have. Avoid buying from these places. Here is a look at the parents to get an idea of what goes into their offspring.
The Chinese Shar-Pei
This is an old dog, but we do not really know how old. He comes from the south of China where he was used in herding, hunting, guarding and fighting. When the People’s Republic of China formed nearly all dogs disappeared. But thankfully some Shar Pei were in Taiwan and Hong Kong and a breeder in Hong Kong called Matgo Law saved them. A few came to America in 1973 and they were recognized by the AKC in 1991.
He is very alert dog with an independent nature and a wariness of strangers. With his family he is devoted and he wants to be with them all the time. He is calm but he is strong willed. He also has an aggressive side if he feels his family are being threatened, and that aggression can come out with other dogs. Early socialization and training are important with this dog and his owner will need to establish themselves clearly as pack leader.
In England in the 1800s this dog was bred for if bear and bull baiting. This was a very popular spectator sport in those days. When it was banned dog fighting took its place and the Pit was used for this instead. He was bred to be powerful, courageous, aggressive but only to other animals or later dogs. Human handlers needed to be able to work with them without getting hurt. When they cane to America they were bred to be bigger for working on farms. They would help hunt, guard and be a companion.
Today this is a strong and confident dog, but should be gentle if bred properly. He does not care his size makes him inappropriate for your lap and will do what he can to get on it or as close as he can. He is alert but is not aggressive unless he has to protect you from a real threat. He loves people and having company and wants to be at the center of attention.
The Sharpull is a loyal and loving dog with an independent side to her. She will try to be dominant so needs experienced owners who can firmly establish themselves as the leader to put her in her place. She is quiet and is a great family dog with the right owners. As well as being strong willed she is athletic and will also need a family or owner who is also active. She needs a lot of attention from you so this is not a dog for owners who have busy lifestyles. If she is not getting the attention she needs she will act out. She is intelligent and protective too. That protective instinct does mean is she deems a threat she may become aggressive to protect you. With strangers or new people she will likely be aloof and try to be dominant again.
What does the Sharpull Terrier look like
The Sharpull is a medium to large dog weighing up to 60 pounds. She has a sturdy, muscular, heavy build but surprisingly cute and dainty feet! She has dark eyes, a dark muzzle and wrinkled skin that she gets from the Shar Pei. Her coat can be short to medium in length, straight and fine.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Sharpull Terrier need to be?
She is a fairly active dog so will need daily long walks to stay happy and healthy. She is able to live in an apartment if there is some room for her and if she gets outside every day. Obviously though a larger place with access to a yard would be preferred to give her space to play. She is happy walking even in the rain and loves to be outdoors with you. Make sure if the weather is hot that she has water to drink though and can take breaks in the shade. Trips to a dog park is also something she enjoys.
Does she train quickly?
She is intelligent but she is also stubborn and tries to dominate so she needs owners with experience. Start the training and socialization early, it can help avoid any problems with her bad temper when she is older. She needs positive techniques and patience. Your place as pack leader needs to be very clear and you will have to re-establish that as she is likely to test your dominance on a regular basis. If training is not going well you can try a professional or go to a training school. Do not use negative techniques like punishment or scolding this will only bring out her meaner side.
Living with a Sharpull Terrier
How much grooming is needed?
This dog is a moderate to frequent shedder so she will need regular daily brushing and vacuuming up after too. The moderate shedding becomes more frequent during seasonal shedding times. Give her a bath when she needs one and make sure you dry between those wrinkles after. She may need wiping down in between the loose skin folds too in between baths. Some use coconut oil to help avoid her skin becoming dry. Brush her teeth at least two to three times a week and check and wipe her ears once a week. Also make sure her nails are clipped when they get too long, this is something you can do yourself if you have experience or have a groomer or vet do it.
What is she like with children and other animals?
Early socialization and training are key to how she gets along with other animals, dogs and children. In general she can get on well with children especially if raised with them. Children should also be taught how to play and touch dogs nicely. Younger children who do not yet understand these things should be supervised. She needs extra help to get on with other dogs and she should not be taken to places like a dog park and let off leash until she is completely trustworthy.
She does put on weight easily so it is important to make sure she just gets the food she needs and does not overeat. 2 ½ to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food a day should be enough, have it split into at least two meals. She does not bark much and prefers moderate climates.
There are health issues that can be passed on from the parents such as Hypothyroidism, heart problems, cancer, bloat, patellar luxation, skin problems, eye problems, OCD, Joint dysplasia, allergies and swollen hock syndrome. To lessen the chances that your dog developed any of these buy from a breeder that can be trusted, visit the puppy before buying and ask to see parental health clearances. She does overheat easily so watch her in warm to hot weather and take care of her skin folds.
Costs involved in owning a Sharpull Terrier
A puppy is going to cost between $200 to $500. Other costs include collar and leash, carrier bag, spaying, chipping, a crate, blood tests, deworming and initial shots. This comes to between $510 to $550. Annual basic medical costs come to between $485 to $600 for things like health insurance, vaccinations, check ups and flea prevention. Annual basic costs for other essentials like food, toys, license, training and treats come to between $510 to $610.
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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.
- Where does the Sharpull Terrier come from?
- What does the Sharpull Terrier look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Sharpull Terrier
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Sharpull Terrier