The Box-A-Shar: A Complete Guide

The Box A Shar is a bundle of joy that is bred from a Boxer and a Chinese Shar Pei.

They are described as beautiful and intelligent by most owners, with a calm demeanor and a streak of loyalty.

The breed contains characteristics and qualities from both its parents. Owing to its parentage and their characteristics, this breed makes for a very tough, powerful and strong dog.

Like its parents, the Box A Shar has predominant prey and drive inclinations.

It also inherited its blue-black tongue and deep facial wrinkles from the Chinese Shar Pei.

Additionally, it comes in a variety of coats inherited from its Chinese ancestor. Coat color possibilities include brown, black, red, brindle and pied.

If they are properly socialized and have significant exposure to other dogs, they are friendly and are not aggressive towards other animals.

Four small Box A Shar puppies in a box
Box A Shar is the perfect pet.

Box A Shar can be independent and will not mind spending time alone, especially if the house tends to be chaotic and has a lot of members.

However, it does not respond well to spending a lot of time alone. Loneliness makes it sad as this is a dog that wants to spend time with the clan.

The Box A Shar is pretty affectionate and wants to spend a huge chunk of its time with its favorite people.

Buying or adopting the perfect fit to be your companion and adding it to your family is something that simply cannot be done if going in blindsided and without any prior knowledge.

There are several issues that should be taken into consideration. Several conditions and facts about the Box a Shar need to be familiarized with.

The owner needs to be ready to make a conscious commitment towards the dog he or she is about to bring into the home.

The following guide is designed for the purpose of making the process of picking and choosing the perfect puppy smooth and easy for individuals.

It also seeks to give the readers information and educate them about everything that is known about the crossbreed in question, all in one place.

The guide is complete in every sense of the word, as it provides readers with a moment to ponder, while also providing insight into what to take into consideration while choosing a particular breed.

Additionally, it also highlights the questions to be kept at the top of the list when consulting with a breeder for adoption or purchase of a puppy.

The guide also fully covers the expectations that come with living with a Box A Shar and also outlines the what and how of living with one.

It also sheds light on how to take care of the dog in every aspect known, ranging from diet to exercise.

It does this while making sure that the whole process is stress-free, memorable and joyous.

The Box A Shar Puppies – Before You Buy…

Before you finalize the fact that the Box A Shar is certainly the breed you want to let through the door of your home and heart to, ponder upon the following list of questions:

  • Will I be able to afford a Box A Shar puppy?
  • Is finding a Box A Shar breeder who is reputable an easy task?
  • Can my family and I dedicate the commitment, love, and care that is needed to include a Box A Shar puppy into the immediate family?

If these questions are answered in a positive manner and you are fully sure that you want to shoulder the responsibility, congratulations!

You will be providing a loving home to the dog that is a crossbreed of two of the most fiercely loyal dogs.

What price are the Box A Shar puppies?

The average price of a Box A Shar ranges from $300 to $650.

This is only the initial price, however, because having a puppy also means maintenance fees, for example, canine insurance, food, and veterinary fees.

There are a number of other costs which include a collar, leash, shots, crate, blood tests, spaying, chipping and deworming. These can amount to between $450 to $500.

Annual medical basic needs for shots, flea prevention, pet insurance, and check-ups come to between $485 to $600.

Annual non-medical essentials like training, license, treats, toys, and food will add up to about $510 to $610.

How to find reputable Box A Shar breeders?

A white Box A Shar sitting down
Box A Shar is both a friend and a protector.

Locating a reputable breeder who has the best premium-quality pups that do not have any concealed flaws or genetic conditions is much easier than anticipated.

The following statements are some factors to consider when choosing a breeder:

  • Does the breeder have documentation for both the parent breeds that are certified from CERF (Canine Eye Registry) and OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)?
  • Has the whole family of the puppy been tested and approved for good health?

This is to ensure that the breeding stock does not face the risk of inheritable diseases of any kind.

  • Do the breeders avoid breeding the bitch in her first season and also avoid breeding her more than 2 out of 3 consecutive heat periods?
  • Is the health of the mother taken into account before every breeding?
  • Is the process of socialization started at the earliest possible time? And is it started personally by the breeders by handling them from the very beginning?
  • Are the breeders willing to taking back the puppy from the owner at any point in time?
  • Do the breeders have a written contract that outlines the rights and the guarantees an owner has?
  • Are both the parents strong dogs amongst their respective breeds?

3 Little-known facts about the Box A Shar puppies

All species have some certain characteristics that set them apart from other species
Some interesting facts about the Box A Shar are:

  • They have a very interesting origin

The Boxer is a somewhat new breed from the 19th century and hails from Bulldog and German Shar Peis.

It was bred to be a working dog and is extremely alert and shows its protective streak in the face of danger.

The Shar Pei, on the other hand, is a Chinese breed that is from before modern times.

These two were used as fighting dogs.

  • This is a rare breed

These dogs are not commonly available and require a little bit of searching high and low for one to get their hands on them.

  • They are not easily adaptable

The Box A Shar does not do well in a warm climate and will take time and effort to adjust to surroundings that it is not used to.

Physical Traits of the Box A Shar

The Box A Shar is a medium to a large-sized dog. But how much does it weigh and how many years can you expect to spend with your pet? Keep reading to find out.

How big is a full-grown Box A Shar?

A fully matured male Box A Shar weighs between 45 to 64 lbs., while a female dog weighs between 40 to 60 lbs.

The male grows to 22 to 25 inches in height while the female Box Pei grows to 18 to 24 inches in height.

What is the life expectancy of the Box A Shar?

The Box Pei has an average lifespan, ranging from 8 to 12 years. There is enough room to make memories without worrying about less time.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Box A Shar

A brown Box A Shar's face
Box A Shar is a great family dog.

The Box A Shar is a lively dog breed. These are energetic canines and are extremely social. They love to hang around people and enjoy going everywhere with their owners.

The Box A Shar is also very intelligent owing to its smart ancestors, which were very wise and skilled dogs used during war and fighting.

These dogs are also very gentle, affectionate and loyal with their family members. Despite having fierce parents, these dogs are even-tempered.

They gel well with other pets and dogs, but they do need early socialization and training.

The Box A Shar is a calm dog that makes a very good family pet. Unlike the Shar Pei which is aggressive and dislikes children, Box A Shar likes children and gets along well with them.

It is very dedicated and devoted to its family and is attentive to their needs.

The Box A Shar, like both its parents is a good guardian dog. It is alert and has a very strong protective streak, which comes out when it has to deal with strangers whom it tends to be wary of.

However, they are affectionate and friendly with those people they become familiar with.

The Box A Shar is also an excellent and alert watchdog. If it senses any danger, it immediately informs the owners by barking.

It does not, however, bark incessantly.

Although the Box A Shar is smart and tractable, these dogs do have inclinations towards being independent, stubborn, and headstrong.

All their training should be done with a positive reinforcement training technique, as it is best suited for their demeanor and temperament.

The Box A Shar Diet

A dog’s diet is decided by its breed. Each breed is unique, therefore, it has different dietary requirements.

A mix like the Box A Shar is susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia. Thus, the breed should be on a diet of fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin supplements.

The Box A Shar should not be overfed. Overfeeding creates health risks and problems.

One kind of diet to look into for the Box A Shar is the raw food diet, which is good for the wolf background.

In general, Box A Shar requires up to 3 cups of feed per day. The daily cost for this ranges from $1.50 to $1.90, translating to a monthly cost of $39 to $52.

Water should be clean and portable, and all feeding utensils should be kept clean at all times.

How much Exercise does a Box A Shar need?

The Box A Shar requires moderate activity levels. It does not need huge amounts of exercise to keep it happy and in shape.

Nevertheless, each and every dog needs some exercise daily in order to keep the boredom away. If bored, they become destructive.

The Box A Shar enjoys walks on a leash in the public on a regular basis. These dogs tend to have a low tolerance level for heat or cold.

While the pet does well in an apartment, it also enjoys playing in the yard and needs to be taken out to stretch and horse around. It likes to be kept mentally stimulated with ball games.

The Box-a-Shar has some inclinations towards weight gain, thus exercise helps keep it from getting too unhealthy.

It requires a minimum of 30 minutes of activity per day and requires a walk mileage of 9 miles per week.

The Box A Shar Health and Conditions

Like any other dog, the Box A Shar is susceptible to certain diseases that are common amongst their breed.

As previously mentioned, make sure you access the certificates from the CERF and OFA before buying the puppy from a breeder.

All health clearances are proof that the dog has undergone tests and has been cleared of any conditions.

Health risks for the Box A Shar include a variety of concerns.

Major concerns: bloating, hypothyroidism, degenerative myelopathy, cancer, and aortic stenosis

Minor concerns: patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and eye problems

Occasional diagnosis: deafness and certain types of allergies

Recommended occasional tests: X-rays, MRI, eye examination, physical examination, allergy tests, blood work, and radiography.

My final thoughts on the Box A SharA Box A Shar looking up at you

The Box A Shar is the perfect friend, pet, protector, and a family dog, and is a truly exquisite and interesting blend of ancestors.

It is a particularly good friend to an only child that can be lonely while growing up and is a dedicated protector.

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