The Ba-Shar is a cross between the Basset Hound, a well-recognized French hunting breed, and the Chinese Shar-Pei, an all-purpose utility dog that was commonly seen assisting farmers and workers in China. The Basset Hound descended from ancient scenthounds that were used to hunt rabbit and hare around 1000 A.D., while the Chinese Shar-Pei can be traced back to the Han Dynasty where they earned the nickname "Chinese Fighting Dog" from participating in the deadly sport of dog fighting. Although their parents are very different from each other, your Ba-Shar is likely to share many of the lovable characteristics from each breed.
Although the Ba-Shar comes from two very different backgrounds, they are a larger breed that can weigh over 60 pounds, just like their parents. This mix has a short and dense coat that can have a wrinkly appearance but not as much as your average Shar-Pei. Sporting large expressive eyes, Ba-Shars are also characterized by their massive head with a body that is low to the ground like a Basset and a tail that is long and ends in a curl, similar to the unique-looking Shar-Pei. Since the Ba-Shar is a cross between two different parent breeds, they will inherit physical traits from both the Basset Hound and Chinese Shar-Pei. Some dogs may have more of a Basset Hound appearance while some may have more Shar-Pei features.
Having parents that are known for their working ability, the Ba-Shar is a very loyal and devoted breed that can make a pretty decent watchdog and a great playmate for children. Basset Hounds are known for their good-natured and sociable demeanor, while the Chinese Shar-Pei can be fairly independent and standoff-ish towards strangers. The difference in temperament between the Ba-Shar's parents can make this mix have a wide range of personalities that vary from dog to dog. This wrinkly breed is considered to be pretty quiet in the home but they can howl from time-to-time and can be destructive when bored. Since both the Shar-Pei and Basset are considered to be low-active breeds, the Ba-Shar tends to not be as energetic as others. Exercise frequency is dependent on your particular pet, but all dogs require some form of mental stimulation. Inheriting their hunting instincts, these curious dogs absolutely love chasing small animals and should be kept on a leash when outdoors to prevent wandering. The best way to understand the temperament of the Ba-Shar is to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of both the Basset Hound and Chinese Shar-Pei, any combination of these characteristics can be found from either breed.