Most people may not be familiar with the Sharpull Terrier, and for a good reason. This is a relatively new designer dog! If you like the Shar Pei or the American Pitbull Terrier and can’t make up your mind which dog to adopt, you may want to consider the Sharpull Terrier!
We’ve put together some information to help you decide whether this is the right dog for your family. Let’s get started!
What is a Sharpull Terrier?
The Sharpull Terrier is a hybrid dog breed that’s the result of mixing a Shar Pei and an American Pitbull Terrier. Both of these breeds are strong-willed and can be challenging for anyone inexperienced with these dog breeds. However, for the right pet parents, the Sharpull can make a wonderful family companion.
Because this is a relatively new mixed dog breed, there’s no set standard for the breed. That means it’s not possible to predict with much accuracy what a Sharpull puppy will look like. However, the dog will look like a mix of their parents. It all depends on the genes the dog inherits. Some may look more like their Shar Pei parent, while others strongly resemble their American Pitbull Terrier parent. One thing is sure—Sharpull Terrier is a unique, precious individual! While we can’t tell what the puppies will be like, it’s possible to derive some ideas from both parents.
Quick Overview of the Shar Pei
The Shar Pei is a dog that originally came from China, where they were bred to hunt and guard royals and members of the nobility. These dogs make excellent watchdogs. They’re very independent and yet are also affectionate and loving with their families. The dogs are also very protective.
Shar Peis are also famous for having blue tongues and wrinkled skin. The dog breed’s name “Shar-Pei” means “wrinkled skin” in Chinese!
Shar Peis can weigh up to 65lbs and have a life expectancy of over 10 years.
The American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terrier is a dog breed that has a troubled past and a notorious reputation for being aggressive. It’s true that when the American Pitbull Terrier is bred and raised by disreputable breeders, the dogs can become aggressive. However, when the dogs are bred and raised by reputable breeders, they’re some of the most loving, loyal dogs around.
The dogs were bred to be family companions and want to be with their families most of the time. They also want plenty of attention and have a ton of energy!
The Sharpull Terrier usually stands between 17 to 21 inches tall and weighs between 30 to 30 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Pitbulls & Pitbull Mixes Are Not Legal to Own in Some Places
Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes are not legal to own in many locations. This is because of the bad reputation the dogs have for being ferocious and aggressive. So, before adopting a Sharpull Terrier, make sure it’s legal to have a Pitbull mix where you live. This important. Otherwise, you may be forced to give your dog up. And that’s the very last thing you want to happen to your fur baby.
So, be responsible and do the research to find out if Pitbull mixes are allowed where you live.
Sharpull Terrier Appearance & Temperament
The Sharpull will have a blended appearance that comes from both parents. This is a dog that looks a bit like a chubby, adorable American Pitbull Terrier. However, these dogs may be more barky, like their Pitbull parent. In that case, this may not be the right dog for anyone living in an apartment.
The dogs are highly intelligent and have inherited a broad stubborn streak that comes from both parents. For this reason, the dogs are not recommended for inexperienced pet parents. The dogs are trainable and can learn quickly.
In addition, the dogs are wary of strangers and can be very territorial, like their Shar Pei parent. What’s more, the dogs can be very protective and will defend his property and family. The dogs are very determined when being protective, so they benefit from proper training and socialization from a young age.
Are Sharpulls Good for Families?
Sharpull Terriers can make excellent family companions; however, the dogs must be trained and socialized. Most people are surprised to learn that the Pibtull parent of this mixed breed is the more gentle, loyal, and loving dog. Shar Peis are known for being very protective and wary of strangers. They were bred to protect. Plus, Shar Peis are not very tolerant of children.
So, the Sharpull Terrier mix may be a good choice for active families that have older kids. This is not a dog that’s recommended if you have young kids. Even so, it’s imperative the Sharpull has been trained and socialized from a young age. They require ongoing training and socialization even as adults.
Do Sharpulls Get Along with Other Pets?
Sharpulls that have been trained and socialized may get along with other pets. It’s just not certain. Some dogs may be fine with other dogs and pets, while other Sharpull Terriers will need to be the only pet in the home.
These dogs are part Terrier, which means they have a strong prey drive. Dogs like this are prone to chase after (and in some instances kill) cats and other small animals.
Food & Diet
The Sharpull Terrier needs about 2.5 cups of kibble every day to stay healthy and happy. However, the dietary requirements of your dog depend on his age, size, and activity level.
If you’re not sure what food is best for your dog, it’s a good idea to call the vet. They will have the best advice and guidance on the proper diet and dog food for your fur baby.
Sharpull Terriers have a ton of energy! These dogs need at least an hour of exercise a day. More is probably better. The dogs love vigorous workouts, such as jogging, running, and more.
When taking a Sharpull out for a walk, it’s imperative to keep him on a leash. That’s because the dogs can be aggressive toward other dogs.
The Sharpull Terrier is a dog that has a strong will and is quite independent. They require a pet parent who can assert themselves as the dominant leader in the home. Otherwise, the dog will be happy to take that place in the household.
The dogs respond best to positive reinforcement training, with treats and plenty of praise. Keep in mind that they don’t react well to punishment. The dogs thrive on persistent and consistent training.
Summing It Up
The Sharpull Terrier is a beautiful mixed breed dog that can make a wonderful family companion. However, they are best for active families, with a pet parent who can be assertive in a positive way and provide the dog with consistent training and socialization. The dogs are not recommended for homes with young kids.
This hybrid dog breed is not for everyone; however, if you’re dedicated to providing everything this dog needs to thrive, he will make a loving, loyal companion for years to come.