Ba-Shar

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Sharp Asset

A brief presentation of the Ba-Shar

The Ba-Shar is a cross between a Basset Hound and a Shar Pei and was first bred in the USA. The breed varies in color and can include chocolate, cream, fawn, white, black, brown and gold, while the coat is generally short, dense, hard and water repellent. They are affectionate, intelligent dogs and very loyal to their owners. They are fairly easy to care for with their short coats, but should be brushed at least twice a week. They make very good watchdogs and can sometimes be a little stubborn. They are great pets and even though they are big dogs, they can live in an apartment as long as they get regular daily exercise.

History of the Ba-Shar

The Ba-Shar is a hybrid between the Basset Hound and the Shar Pei, about which very little is yet known.
        

A little of the Basset Hound

        
Basset Hounds, with their distinctive short legs and large heads, were bred in France as hunting dogs in the late 1500s. The word Basset was recorded in a French text written in the 16th century, although the breed was developed by the friars of the Abbey of Saint-Hubert in northern France. The idea was to breed dogs 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 meaning low or dwarf thing. Bloodhounds are probably part of their ancestry, and they have a very keen sense of smell. Hunters used them to stalk rabbits, foxes, pheasants, deer and badgers, but they were also used to hunt larger animals such as wild boar and wolves. They were prized for being low enough to follow the scent of prey under brush in thick forests, but were bred more for endurance than speed. Fred, the cartoon dog who has appeared in the Daily Mail for over 50 years and under different names in some 200 newspapers worldwide, is one of the most famous Basset Hounds. The breed is sometimes referred to as the Hush puppy.
Standard of the Basset Hound

A little of the Shar Pei

The Shar Pei originated in the southern provinces of China around 2,000 years ago, and is known for its wrinkled coat. They were bred for strength and used on farms for hunting, but later became fighting dogs. They were brought to the United States in 1973 and accepted into the American Kennel Club's 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.
Standard of the Shar Pei

Appearance of the Ba-Shar

The Ba-Shar is a large breed, with males weighing up to 27 kilos and standing around 33 centimeters tall. Your pet is likely to share many of the characteristics of the parent breeds. The coat is short, dense, hard and may have wrinkles, but not as many as the Shar Pei. They have a fairly large head, sometimes called a hippopotamus head, and their body is quite low, like the Basset Hound. Their brown eyes are almond-shaped, large and very expressive, while their tail is long and curved, ending in a curl. They generally have long, floppy ears and fairly large paws.

Temperament of the Ba-Shar

The Ba-Shar is a very loyal and intelligent dog that would make an excellent companion animal. They like to be with their owners and will be very protective of them and prefer not to be left alone for long periods. They can be a little lazy. Ba-Shars don't bark much, but some have been known to howl when unhappy and can become destructive if left to their own devices. They are playful, affectionate and energetic dogs, but they can be quite stubborn, so early training is essential. Training will also help with socialization skills to get them used to other animals. But they are intelligent dogs so will learn quickly with the right trainer. They are good with children, but can be a bit withdrawn with strangers and new things. They like to chase small wild animals like squirrels and rabbits, so make sure they're on a leash when outside and that the yard is secure.

Needs and activities of the Ba-Shar

Ba-Shar dogs are sometimes called couch potatoes because they tend to be a bit lazy. But it's a good idea to exercise your dog regularly to keep him fit and healthy, as these breeds tend to put on weight if they're inactive. Ba-Shars like to go for walks and play with toys, but they like to chase things, so make sure they're on a leash when out in public. Games in an enclosed yard such as chasing a ball would be fine. Young puppies 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.

Maintenance of the Ba-Shar

A Ba-Shar's coat is quite short, but will always require a moderate amount of care to keep the dog in top condition. They are not hypoallergenic dogs and don't shed that much. But brush your dog at least once or twice a week to keep the skin stimulated, and bathe him only when necessary. Ear infections can be common in dogs with long, floppy ears, so it's important to check them regularly and clean them with damp absorbent cotton. Do this from an early age, so that the dog gets used to having his ears handled. Nails should be trimmed if necessary, and teeth brushed daily if possible, or at least two or three times a week.

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