All Skin and Wrinkles: Introducing the Adorable Walrus DogReading Time: 4 minutes
Walrus Dog is a nickname for the Ba-Shar, or Sharp Asset. This is a hybrid dog breed. It is a cross between the Chinese Shar-Pei and the French Basset Hound. So, what is the Walrus Dog all about? Read on for more information about this quirky designer dog breed.
The Brief History of the Walrus Dog Breed
The Walrus Dog breed came about in the 1990s, in the United States. Humans have bred hybrid dog breeds for hundreds of years. But, these doggos have only really gathered a following since the late 1900s.
Hybrid dogs are essentially mixed breeds dogs, AKA mutts! However, the term hybrid does connote that the two parents are purebreds. In most cases, the two different parents are purposefully bred together to create a specific hybrid. In this case, a purebred Chinese Shar-Pei is bred to a Basset Hound.
The Wrinkly Walrus Dog’s Appearance
So, what does the combination of a Basset and a Shar-Pei look like? Wrinkles – check! Cute short legs – check! As for the rest of the Walrus Dog’s appearance. It is a guessing game. Whenever you cross two (pure) dog breeds, the outcome can be any combination of the two original breeds.
The Ba-Shar can have the square, hippopotamus head of the Shar-Pei. On the other hand, some Sharp Assets have the longer snout of their Basset Hound parents. They could have long, droopy Basset ears, or tiny, triangular-shaped Shar-Pei ears. The blue-black tongue distinctive of the Shar-Pei is usually found in Walrus pups.
Their Average Size and Weight
The prevalence of the dwarfism gene in the Basset Hound bloodlines is high. As a result, this dog usually has short legs and subsequent low stature. Being a hybrid breed, the height can vary between 10 and 17 inches (25 – 43 cm). The weight of these Ba-Shar dogs is also varied. They can weigh anywhere between 30 and 50 lbs. (13.5 – 23 kg).
Does a Mini Walrus Dog Exist?
A teacup Walrus or mini Walrus Dog does not exist per sé. However, the size and weight variations within the breed are great. So, puppies on the smaller side of the scale might look like mini versions of these designer dogs.
Coats and Colors Explained
The coat of the Walrus Dog will more than likely be short, with a harsh texture. The name Shar-Pei means sand skin. Walrus Dogs should have the loose skin and skin folds of their parent breeds.
Coat colors vary. Anything goes! Tan, golden, fawn, black, brown, cream, white, or chocolate.
The Walrus coat is generally low-shedding and easy to maintain. Walrus Dogs tend to only shed at the change of seasons twice a year. Grooming requirements are minimal. However, take care to check the skin within the folds regularly. If these folds collect moisture, infections can develop. This can lead to discomfort and further infections of the eyes and ears.
Temperament and Personality: What to Expect
These pooches can be wonderfully easy going. However, they are often not suitable for first-time dog owners. Walrus Dogs, thanks to their Basset Hound heritage, can be quite stubborn and lazy. Therefore, they can be difficult to train.
In addition, there is an “aggressive” (read protective and territorial) streak that runs through the Shar-Pei lines. So, it is very important to start early with socialization for your Walrus puppy. Obedience classes are also vital. Keep up training at home with positive, rewards-based training.
Basset Hounds have an amazing sense of smell. Second only to that of the Blood Hounds. When out on walks, this tracking ability can be quite distracting for them. Once they have scented something interesting, it might be very challenging for the pet owner to get them to focus on something else. For example, going home!
Walrus Dogs do tend to have separation anxiety. With the typical Basset Hound howl, everyone in the neighborhood will know that they are home alone!
Do They Make Good Family Dogs?
Their mellow and affectionate temperament does make them good family dogs. They are usually kind, intelligent dogs, with a strong sense of loyalty. Normally, they are good with children. Walrus Dogs are playful and will love having children throw a toy for them! They also get along well with other dogs. However, both breeds do have a strong prey-drive. In other words, they might be given to chasing small animals whenever and wherever!
What is Their Lifespan?
Supporters of hybrid dog breeds like to tout that they usually have greater longevity than their purebred counterparts. When it comes to the Walrus Dog, this is often not the case. Ba-Shars have a shorter than average life expectancy of 8 – 10 years. Feed them nutritionally balanced dog food and take them for annual vet check-ups to make sure that they live a healthy life.
Potential Health Concerns to Look Out For!
To get an idea of the health issues that could befall your Walrus Dog, we look to the different individual breeds.
Basset Hounds are prone to conditions such as patellar luxation, foreleg lameness, and canine hip dysplasia. There is also a risk of intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). Potential eye problems among Bassets include entropion, ulcerative keratitis, glaucoma, and cherry eye. Canine thrombopenia, a disorder that causes problems with blood clotting, is also prevalent in this breed.
Basset Hounds tend to be lazy. As a result, they have a good chance of becoming obese. Be sure to keep your Walrus Dog fit and trim with 20 – 30 minutes of daily exercise.
Shar-Pei dogs can also suffer from several eye problems. For instance, entropion, and primary lens luxation. Other health problems for this breed include hip, or elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, cancers, and Shar-Pei fever (AKA swollen hock syndrome).
Walrus Dog Puppies for Sale!
You won’t find Walrus Dog puppies advertised on the American Kennel Club site. However, there are sites that promote the responsible breeding of hybrid breeds that you could investigate.
Where to Find a Walrus Dog Puppy
You can ask your local veterinarian or pet shop about Walrus Dog breeders in the area. Alternatively, have a look online for your adorable brand-new Walrus puppy!
Always Look for Reputable Breeders!
Pet parents should follow the same precautions buying a mixed breed puppy as when buying a purebred puppy. Make sure to find a breeder invested in the dogs’ welfare and not that of their bank-balance. Responsible breeders will raise their puppies in a warm and loving environment. They will take all precautions to ensure the health and well-being of all their dogs. Make sure that your prospective Ba-Shar breeder offers to show you the health screen results of both parents.
Adopt! Don’t Shop! Find a Walrus Dog Rescue Group!
When starting out with a puppy, there is always a little bit of uncertainty about what the adult dog is going to look and be like. Even more so with a mixed breed dog. Take the guesswork out of the equation and adopt a rescue pup! While there might not be a Walrus Dog rescue group near you, you can try any of the Shar-Pei or Basset Hound rescues. For example, Basset Hound Rescue California, or Pei People Shar Pei Rescue.
Common Questions About the Walrus Dog
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