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Sharbo (Boston Terrier & Shar-Pei Mix): Info, Pictures & Care Guide

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 20, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Sharbo (Boston Terrier & Shar-Pei Mix): Info, Pictures & Care Guide

If you’re looking for a medium-sized dog that’s lovable, reasonably easy to train, and intelligent all in one, then the Sharbo could be the best choice of pet for you and your family.

The Sharbo is a mix between a Boston Terrier and a Chinese Shar-pei, with an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. This dog is sweet and lovable but does have an aggressive streak if he feels someone or something is threatening his owner.

Breed Overview

Height:

15 – 20 inches

Weight:

30 – 50 pounds

Lifespan:

12 – 15 years

Colors:

White, brown, golden, black, brindle

Suitable for:

Active families, Apartment living, Beginning pet owners

Temperament:

Sweet, lovable, intelligent, reasonably easy to train

An excellent choice for beginning pet owners and perfect for apartment living or a small fenced-in yard, The Sharbo will make someone a great and loyal companion. However, if you’re considering purchasing a Sharbo, then there’s a lot you need to know. In this guide, we’ll tell you everything needed to determine if a Sharbo is indeed the right choice of pet for you.

Sharbo Characteristics

Energy
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High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Trainability
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Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Health
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Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Lifespan
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Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Sociability
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Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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Sharbo Puppies

If you’ve ever laid your eyes on a Sharbo puppy, then you’re probably already sold on the idea of purchasing one for your very own. However, there are a few things you need to know first.

The Sharbo is a designer dog with a parentage that comes from mixing a Boston Terrier with a Chinese Shar-pei. The result is an adorable medium-sized dog that makes an excellent guard dog and a loyal companion to the right pet owner. Read the Sharbo’s full care guide so you know if this pup fits your lifestyle. Make sure to have all the dog essentials, such as a dog bed, treats, and toys, so your puppy comes to a welcoming home.

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Sharbo

A Sharbo puppy is known for its intelligence but can be a bit temperamental and strong-willed at times. He’ll be playful, intelligent but can be aggressive. For that reason, it’s extremely important to socialize and train your Sharbo early on, while he’s still a puppy and malleable.

Your Sharbo will love cuddling on the couch with you but can get jealous if he feels you’re giving too much attention to another member of the animal family in your home. He’ll also get peeved and show jealously if he thinks you’re excluding him from something he believes he should be a part of.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Since the Sharbo is lovable, intelligent, and reasonably active, he gets along well with families. He gets along well with children also, but you need to socialize and train him early.

Since his parents are each quite different when it comes to getting along with children, it’s a crapshoot as to which side of the parentage your Sharbo will inherit. So, while he’s suitable for families and can be protective of them, you need to start socializing him when he’s just a puppy. He’ll also do better with children if he’s raised around them.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

As with children, the Sharbo will get along great with other pets and dogs if he’s raised with them and socialized to do so. Because of his parentage, you could end up with a dog that gets along famously with all pets or a dog that needs tender care and patience to get used to sharing you with other canines.

Things to Know When Owning a Sharbo:

By this point, you’ve probably decided whether you want to adopt a Sharbo for your very own. At this point in our guide, we’ll go into the food, diet, and exercise requirements for this breed, as well as what type of exercise your pet will need.

We’ll also talk about ease of training and any health conditions you should be on the lookout for with your new Sharbo family member.

Food & Diet Requirements

Since the Sharbo grows to be around 50 pounds, it stands to reason that they should be fed a diet that keeps them healthy and happy.

It’s recommended that you feed your Sharbo a high-quality food and give him 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of dry dog food daily. It’s also best to split this food up into two meals. If you’re unsure that the food you’re giving your dog is the right amount or best quality for him, it’s best to contact your vet. He’ll be able to provide you with the correct diet requirements for your dog’s size and recommend the highest quality food to ensure your pup is healthy and happy for years to come.

Exercise

The Sharbo is a moderately active dog, which means just running around and playing in a fenced-in backyard is enough exercise for him. However, he does well with apartment living, if you take him to the park to play and for a daily walk.

He can get a bit of his daily requirement of exercise from playing indoors; however, outside play is best.

Training

The Sharbo breed is reasonably easy to train. This means that he can be difficult if he decides to be stubborn, and that’s according to which side of his parentage he takes after.

It can take a bit of time and patience to train this breed, but it’s not going to be fast. Since he is intelligent, it’s best to use positive reinforcement to get him to do what you want. Never yell at, belittle, or punish your dog, as this will only lead to him becoming stubborn and not doing anything you want.

Grooming ✂️

Grooming a Sharbo is pretty easy, as they don’t shed much, if at all. Brushing your pet once or even twice a week will keep his coat healthy and shiny. Brush your dogs’ teeth twice a week and bathe him as needed.

Make sure that you make regular appointments with his groomer for nail trimming and other essentials for the best results.

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Health and Conditions

While the Sharbo breed is a relatively healthy dog, there are a few severe and minor conditions you should watch out for.

We’ll go into a few of those conditions below.

Minor Conditions
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Joint dysplasia
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Allergies
  • Swollen hock syndrome
Serious Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Heart problems
  • Cataracts
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Deafness
  • Bloat
  • Skin and eye problems

If you notice any of these minor or severe health problems with your Sharbo pup, it’s best to get him to the vet right away for diagnosis and treatment.

You should also talk to any breeder you’re considering purchasing your Sharbo puppy from to determine just how much of a chance there is for your pup developing any of the conditions above.


Male vs. Female

There is very little difference between the male and female of the Sharbo breed. The male may get a slight bit bigger than the female. Of course, if you’re going to adopt a female and don’t want to breed her, it’s best to have her fixed as soon as possible for her health and so you don’t end up with a houseful of puppies in the future.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Sharbo

Now that you know a bit about the costs and parentage of the Sharbo breed you’re considering purchasing read on below for a few facts you might not have already known.

1. Sharbo’s Make Good Watch Dogs

Since the Chinese Shar-Pei was bred to guard and protect, the Sharbo itself also makes a good guard dog. This breed is very protective and can become aggressive if he feels there’s a threat present.


2. Sharbo’s Are Low to No Shedders

A Sharbo is perfect for a pet lover who can’t stand shedding, as they are low to no shedders. In fact, brushing this breed once or even twice a week is ideal.


3. Sharbo’s Are Not Hypo-Allergenic

While your Sharbo pup is a low to no shedder, they aren’t a hypo-allergenic breed due to their Shar-Pei parentage.

Final Thoughts

This concludes our guide on the Sharbo breed. From training and exercise to temperament and health problems, this should be everything you need to know to decide whether this is the right pet for you.

Take your time, do your research, and don’t forget that you’re offering this pup a forever home, so be sure this is the pet you want before heading to the breeder to purchase one. A Sharbo will make you a great companion and will love you for many wonderful years to come.

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Featured Image Credit: Left – Shar-Pei (Natalia Budianska, Shutterstock); Right – Boston Terrier (Zita Ile, Shutterstock)

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