The Dachshund Shar Pei Mix happens to be quite a rare breed. The parent breeds are complete opposites of each other. On one side, you have the Dachshund which is a German hound with short stature, and on the other side, you have the Shar Pei which is a Chinese working breed.
Both parent breeds are somewhat stubborn; hence, the Dachshund Shar Pei mix can be quite a handful but don’t fret, at least not yet. With the appropriate training plan, you can knock some compliance into your hybrid pooch.
Not all is bad about the hybrid dog though. On the other hand, it combines the friendliness of its parent breeds and is open to making new friends among other dogs. It is also amiable around families and kids, and depending on the familiarity, strangers too. If you’re looking for a warm, friendly pooch that will remain true to you then the Dachshund Shar Pei breed is the right dog to adopt. Let’s take a more in-depth look into the breed though.
|Dachshund Shar Pei Mix Facts|
|Average Height||6 - 20 inches|
|Average Weight||17 - 52 lb|
|Lifespan||12 - 13 years|
|Coat colour/type||Black, tan, fawn/Short and smooth|
|Health problems||Elbow dysplasia
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Shar Pei fever
|Grooming Needs||Teeth should be brushed twice or thrice a week
Nails should be cut once or twice a month.
|Price||$1,000 - $3,000|
The Dachshund Shar Pei hybrid is not recognized by akc because it falls under the category of designer breed. Hence, it is sometimes difficult to get proper, genuine information concerning the origin of the hybrid. Let’s delve into the history of the parent breeds.
The Dachshund pooch, also known as the badger dog, is known to have originated in Germany. Its name when split into two, “Dachs” and “hund”, means “badger” and “dog” respectively.
The history of the Dachshund dog dates back to the 15th century when illustrations of the pooch were shown and more significant information about the breed was discovered to have dated back to the 16th century.
The dog was used by German foresters to hunt prey like badgers, and foxes among others and it was in the 17th century that owners began breeding it as a pet and not solely as a hunting dog.
Shar Pei Origin
The Shar Pei is known to have originated from the Southern provinces of China and is thought to have been around since 200 B.C which was around the time that the Han Dynasty ruled Ancient China.
When dogs became scarce following the creation of the People’s Republic of China, it was said to be bred by folks in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
- The Dachshund Shar Pei Mix domineering and can be difficult to train
This designer breed can be a handful most of the time to its owner. Unless a person is determined and stern to keep the dog in check, training it may be seen as a herculean task and this is because its Dachshund parent breed is a stubborn dog and that trait tends to play the dominantr role in the Dachshund Shar Pei’s personality.
- The Dachshund Shar Pei’s loose skin is seen as body armor
This is a fact that is in place because of its Shar Pei parent breed. Owing to the nature in which the Shar Pei was originally bred—it was bred in royal palaces in China—it was designed to have loose skin to protect itself from getting its internal organs ripped out in dogfights.
- The Dachshund Shar Pei may have a blue-black tongue
The hybrid has a blue black tongue colour unlike many other dogs in the canine world. This rarity also adds to the fact that this mixed breed is truly a unique one. Its tongue colour is known to have come from the Shar Pei parent breed which has the same tongue colouration and the tongue colour was said to make the parent breed look ferocious as a guard dog. Based on myths, its tongue was said to ward off evil spirits.
The Daschund Shar pei may possess certain features from the purebred Dachshund such as a low body, a level topline, short and sturdy limbs or a short and smooth coat. It could also inherit the loose skin, broad muzzle, blue tongue or harsh coat of the purebred Shar Pei.
The Dachshund Shar Pei mix breed has a height that ranges between that of its Dachshund parent breed and its Shar Pei parent breed and that is between 6 – 20 inches at the shoulder.
It also weighs between 17 – 52 lb. This is as a midline between the weights of its parent breeds with the Dachshund being between 16 – 33 lb and the Shar Pei being between 45 – 55 lb. Females are usually a bit smaller than their male counterparts.
To know more about the personality of the hybrid, we will need to take a look at those of the parent breeds.
Its Dachshund parent breed for instance is known to have a stubborn personality and is difficult to train or make to bend to the wishes of its owner. The Dachshund is also an active and energetic dog, as expected from a dog with a hunting background. However, they are also known to be an affectionate dog and this trait endears the pooch to its owners.
Over to the Shar-Pei now. This Chinese breed is known to be a loyal and friendly companion that is equally loving to every member of the family, and doesn’t have a favorite person. They are peaceful and less likely to cause havoc. Even in your absence, they’re less prone to separation anxiety but that doesn’t mean you should totally neglect them because when they eventually get a feeling of loneliness, destruction follows.
Apart from that, it is known to have a domineering streak that doesn’t give in easily to rules. Getting along with other dogs is a problem for this breed because of their readiness to pick fights.
The Dachshund Shar Pei could be an avid barker like the Dachshund or tend to be more quiet like the Shar Pei which is preferable if you want your neighbors to love them too. Also, you may never know whether you’ll end up with a gentle or playful companion. It’s just a matter of luck and genetics. So you will need to consider this when deciding on whether or not to adopt the pup.
Just like any other designer breed, the Dachshund Shar Pei hybrid has some health issues which are unique to it but they are still influenced by the genetic predisposition of the parent breeds.
The Wiener suffers significant issues such as tumors, obesity, intervertebral disc disease among others. Look out for these health issues in your hybrid and tackle them as soon as they are noticed.
On the side of the Shar Pei parent breed, the Chinese pooch has some health problems that could be replicated in the hybrid. Due to their wrinkled skin, the Shar Pei is prone to loose skin issues and their skin can be a breeding group for fungus and other harmful microorganisms.
Besides the potential health hazards that its wrinkled skin poses, the Shar Pei suffers from other illnesses like the Shar Pei fever, tight lips and ear infections too, which can be caused by poor grooming.
It is advisable to get in touch with a reputable veterinarian after buying the hybrid to tackle any health issue and set up a plan for the pooch that will reduce its chances of falling ill.
The unique Dachshund Shar Pei hybrid has requirements similar to those of its parent breeds. This is seen in its feeding requirements, exercise, training, and grooming. We will take a look at these basic requirements now.
Because of its susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, the Dachshund Shar Pei should be put on a diet of fish oil and glucosamine, and chondroitin supplements to prevent the health issue from arising. It should also be placed on a raw food diet and this is because of its wolf background courtesy of the Dachshund.
Coat Care & Grooming
The mixed breed does not shed a lot hence they don’t need to be bathed often unless they got into something stinky and need a wash.
Special attention should be paid to their droopy ears to ensure their cleanliness as it is a potent breeding ground for harmful microorganisms.
Their teeth should be brushed at least twice or thrice a week though daily is better.
About the nails. It is advised to cut them once or twice a month and a good indicator that your pooch’s nails are overgrown is when they click on the ground when it’s walking about.
This designer pooch is an intelligent one when it comes to training sessions and because of its stubborn Dachshund trait, it can be difficult to manage during training as it would always display its dominating nature until you can rein it in.
A way to do this is by breaking down its training sessions into smaller segments. The idea behind this is to retain its attention for longer periods.
Don’t deny your dog praises or treats when it does well in training. All dogs love positive reinforcement and the Dachshund Shar Pei mix is no different in that aspect, so always show it that you appreciate the progress it is making at training.
The Dachshund Shar Pei mix breed is a very active and energetic dog that doesn’t tire easily. Because of this excellent trait which it possesses, it is preferred to take on long walks, maybe around the park where it can also meet other dogs and display its sociable character or around the neighborhood.
You can also take it on hikes. Always look out for activities that would require a high energy expenditure on the part of the pooch and take it on such activities.
The trick here is to make it tired with all those exercises as it won’t be destructive because of how tired it would be after such exercises.
Because the Dachshund Shar Pei mix is a designer breed and a rare one at that, you can expect the price of the pooch to be quite a sum.
Considering that the price of the German Dachshund parent breed is between $500 – $1,000. Though, this depends on some varying factors. Determinants on the price could include the breeder who you wish to buy from and where you are buying the pooch i.e. your location.
Make sure you ask the breeder to provide you with important health certifications to ensure the dog is intact before buying.
The Dachshund Shar Pei mix is a very active and energetic dog that needs to be closely monitored to avoid destroying things around the house and as such, it would require a young and lively family to match its energy.
The hybrid can easily become your best friend because of its friendly nature. Be careful or you may find yourself falling deeply in love with your pooch.
Though the Dachshund Shar Pei breed does well around children, it would be best if you introduce them to each other so they can kick off on a good note and work towards a smooth friendship.