What Are Some Characteristics of a Shar Pei Pit Bull Mix?

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A Shar Pei-pitbull mix, also called a Sharpull, is a mid-sized dog that weighs up to 60 pounds. They are loyal dogs that can be stubborn, so they do best with a dominant trainer. These dogs respond well to positive feedback, and they can be used as guard dogs.

Sharpulls usually have the loose neck and face skin characteristic of Shar Peis. Like both parent breeds, Sharpulls typically have a square-shaped head. They have surprisingly small, dainty paws for an otherwise stocky dog. Their coat is typically longer than that of a Pitbull, as it is usually medium-length and thick. The color of their fur is usually black, golden or white, though they are sometimes two-toned black and white. They shed mostly in the spring, but still need to be brushed weekly.

Sharpulls tend to be very loyal to a single person, which is characteristic of both parent breeds. As they are smart but stubborn, their training should start as soon as they're weaned They are relatively quiet, though being guard dogs, they do bark when necessary. When meeting strangers in social situations, they are typically aloof. If socialized early, Sharpulls are ideal as family dogs and even do well with other dogs.

Both Pitbulls and Shar Peis are prone to obesity, so Sharpulls tend in that direction, too. The folds of skin can also trap bacteria, so these need to be kept scrupulously clean and dry.