The Shar-Pei German Shepherd mix is a newer designer dog breed that combines the wrinkled coat of the Shar-Pei with the athletic physique of the German Shepherd for a hard-working guard dog with a stubborn streak.
The Shar-Pei German Shepherd Mix
Bred from the Shar-Pei and German Shepherd, the Shar-Pei German shepherd mix is also called the “German Shar-Pei.” No one quite knows why anyone bred these two distinctly different dogs other than that they are part of the designer dog craze.
The Shar-Pei is an ancient Chinese breed developed as a guard dog, worker, and fighter. While they appreciate family life, the Shar-Pei takes work seriously and doesn’t always shower their owner with affection or play in marathon play sessions.
The German Shepherd is a German breed developed to protect flocks from predation and to herd sheep. Though the German Shepherd is an intense and focused workhorse rarely used as a pet during earlier years, this intelligent dog is just as happy to spend time with its family or play with a favorite toy.
As a new breed, the Shar-Pei German Shepherd mix does not yet have a uniform appearance, but more dominant traits include:
- A larger body size.
- A boxy build.
- A thick German Shepherd tail with the Shar-Pei curl.
- Pricked or folded ears.
- A short rounded Shar-Pei-like muzzle.
- Shar-Pei-like wrinkles on the upper body.
- Saddle and mask markings like the German Shepherd.
- A thick short to medium-length double coat.
The Shar-Pei German Shepherd mix varies greatly in size and weight, standing between 18 and 26 inches tall and weighing between 45 and 90 pounds. Although the Shar-Pei German Shepherd’s coat is more similar to the Shepherd coat, it tends to shed seasonally rather than constantly like the German Shepherd.
Some of the more common coat colors in Shar-Pei German Shepherd puppies include:
While most puppies have shown a tendency toward the saddle and mask markings of the German Shepherd, some puppies do have a solid-colored coat.
Earlier generations of Shar-Pei German Shepherd offspring exhibit personality traits of both the Shar-Pei and German Shepherds equally. Dominant traits include:
- A protective nature.
- An intense drive to work.
The Shar-Pei German Shepherd is a workhorse with the drive and determination of the shepherd, and some of the Shar-Pei’s stubbornness. This dog is no couch potato and requires regular moderate to intense exercise.
Both training and socialization are crucial to the Shar-Pei German Shepherd offspring as both parent breeds can be hard to control without structure and consistency. Obedience training also helps to take the edge off the natural suspicion seen in both parent breeds.
Overall, the Shar-Pei German Shepherd offspring is well suited to work as a guard dog, and with proper training, they also make great loyal and loving companion dogs.
Despite their need for physical activity, this mixed breed is a calm dog at home. With regular mental and physical exercise, this pup is happy to sleep on the couch or watch the world go by from the window – but do not be surprised when you hear them barking at anyone who passes.
Both the Shar-Pei and the German Shepherd are seven out of ten when it comes to barking. With two such vocal parent breeds, it should come as no surprise that the Shar-Pei German Shepherd is equally vocal. Without regular physical and mental exercise, however, this mixed breed pup can become a problem barker. But with good training and enough outlets for their energy, barking should not be a problem.
This mixed breed pup is best suited to an active family with older children or no children at all when it comes to family life. Their large size and hard-headed nature can make life with young children difficult.
The Shar-Pei German Shepherd is not a breed for the novice dog owner, as they require a confident and assertive handler. This intelligent dog responds well to responsibility, and they excel with the right trainer through positive reinforcement.
Socialization is another important aspect of training this mixed breed since both the German Shepherd and the Shar-Pei have tendencies toward suspicion and aloofness. You can encourage positive social interaction in this designer dog through regular early exposure to various stimuli.
With regular interaction with other pets, the German Shepherd Shar-Pei can live happily with other dogs in the home. Due to their high prey drive, small breed dogs and other small pets can pose a problem for this designer dog.
The offspring of the Shar-Pei and German Shepherd can be at risk for a wide range of heritable conditions because both parent breeds are susceptible to a variety of health concerns including
- Patellar luxation
- Wobbler’s syndrome
- Von Willebrand’s disease
- Pulmonic stenosis
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Degenerative spinal myelopathy
- Hip dysplasia
Many of these diseases can be completely avoided by only adopting a dog from a reputable organization or a breeder that can provide health certificates for their dogs.
Conclusion / Summary
The Shar-Pei German Shepherd is not yet a fully developed breed. Early generations of Shar-Pei German Shepherd mixed puppies, however, have taken on the physical appearance of the Chinese Shar-Pei and the work drive of the German Shepherd – making one of the cutest working dogs you have ever seen!