The Sharmatian is a beautiful dog that has an equally beautiful personality. These dogs thoroughly enjoy the company of people and they are not difficult to train.
If you are thinking about bringing a dog into your family who will love you forever and always be at your side, you should definitely get to know the Sharmatian, which exhibits the best features of the Shar-Pei and Dalmatian.
Keep reading to learn a few facts about this breed that will help you determine if it would be the right fit for you and your family.
The Sharmatian is a cross between a purebred Chinese Shar-Pei and Dalmatian.
The Sharmatian is a newer designer crossbreed that has been developed over the last 10 years.
Food / Diet
When it comes to feeding your Sharmatian, always choose a high quality dog food that provides nutritious ingredients for health and vitality.
Once you find the right canine dry food, you can feed your pet around 2.5 to 3 cups every day, but split this amount into at least two servings.
You can also feed your dog a high quality canned food, but you would need to reduce the amount of dry food that you are feeding so that your pet doesn’t gain too much weight from overeating.
The Sharmatian is playful, affectionate, energetic, and friendly.
The Sharmatian is moderately easy to train. These dogs will learn quickly because they are intelligent, but you will need to keep the training sessions engaging and interesting.
Use a consistent, positive, and firm approach, and never use negative techniques. Instead, stick with positive reinforcement with the help of rewards, praise, and treats.
Start training your dog as early on as possible for the best results.
A medium to large-sized breed, the Sharmatian weighs between 40 and 60 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Those who are seeking an intelligent dog who will get along with everyone in the family should look to the Sharmatian. This dog is playful, affectionate, energetic, and friendly. He will enjoy spending as much time with the family as possible, and he wants to always be a part of the action.
If you travel a lot or you spend many hours working, the Sharmatian may not be the ideal dog breed for you, as these pets can be sensitive and can only handle a moderate amount of time spent alone.
These dogs will also serve as great watchdogs, as they are protective and will scare away intruders.
Common Health Problems
As is the case with all hybrid dog breeds, the Sharmatian may be prone to inheriting some of the health ailments that most commonly affect its parent breeds. However, many hybrid dogs are surprisingly healthy, and there is no guarantee that every Sharmatian will inherit these problems. In fact, there is no way to determine the long-term health of an individual dog, so the best thing to do is be aware of the health problems that are possible, and then keep an eye out for them.
Health problems that commonly affect the Shar-Pei and Dalmatian include patellar luxation, cancer, hypothyroidism, bloat, eye ailments, skin problems, urolithiasis, deafness, joint dysplasia, swollen hock syndrome, allergies, osteochondritis dissecans, and iris sphincter dysplasia.
The Sharmatian has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
You should expect that your Sharmatian will be an enthusiastic and energetic canine that will thoroughly enjoy spending time outside. Outdoor time whenever the weather is appropriate is necessary for these dogs, who do better in a house with an enclosed backyard that will give them the space to run and release their energy.
These dogs enjoy running, playing with you and their toys, and taking brisk walks each day. You should be able to take your dog for a walk or a jog a couple of times a day, and trips to the local dog park are also recommended.
The Sharmatian is moderately easy to train.
The Sharmatian is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
The short coat of the Sharmatian is smooth and silky. To keep it healthy and clean, you should brush the coat daily, or at least a few days each week. Give your dog a bath whenever he is too dirty.
Like all puppies, Sharmatian puppies will be delicate and will require a gentle approach from children and adults.
Start socializing and training your puppy as soon as you can, as that will ensure he will grow up to be an adult who is tolerant of all people and animals. Proper socialization and training will improve your dog’s behavior and allow his best traits to shine through.
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