Have you seen those adorable mini walrus puppies everyone is so crazy about these days?
If you have, you probably have been smitten by their cuteness.
And you’re wondering “Where can I get one?”
But today we’re going to talk about something different.
We are going to talk about the mini walrus temperament.
When you get a dog, the most important thing you have to consider is whether the breed is the right one for you.
Some dogs are energetic and need a lot of exercise.
Others are lazy, and you have to make them exercise regularly to keep them fit.
Some breeds require a lot of brushing, while others can do with the occasional grooming session.
But what about the mini walrus. What’s his temperament? Will it be a match to your character? Keep on reading to find out some amazing things about this dog breed.
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What’s a mini walrus?
Before we dive into the temperament question, we have to know what a walrus is, right? Walrus, also known as Ba-Shar, is not a purebred dog. This cute little guy/girl is a mix of Basset Hound and Chinese Shar-Pei. And that’s what makes it hard to pinpoint its temperament.
You see, it’s easy to talk about purebred dogs. The breeders know what to expect in terms of size, health issues, and temperament. But when you mix two dog breeds with different characters, you can’t be certain what you’ll get. The mixed breed dog might have any combinations of traits found in either of the breeds.
The reason is a simple one – genes. With purebred dogs, we have similar dominant genes selected by the breeder. But when it comes to mixed breeds, we can’t know or determine which genes will be the dominant one.
That’s why, a mini walrus can have many wrinkles or only a few, depending on which the dominant gene is – Hound or Sharp-Pei.
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Basset Hound and Shar-Pei temperament
To understand the mini walrus temperament, we have to take a good look at the Basset Hound and the Sharp-Pei. Let’s see the personalities of these two fascinating dog breeds.
The Basset Hounds are one of the most easygoing dogs you’ll ever find. These dogs get along with everybody – pets, other dogs, and children. They are loyal, affectionate, goofy and playful. They also could be very vocal.
But they are also very stubborn and independent, and therefore, difficult to train. Since they have a strong hunting instinct, once they pick up a scent, they tune everything else. Including their owners’ calls.
The Shar-Pei breed, despite its cute look, has been bred as a guarding and fighting dog. That’s why the Shar-Pei is not very good with other dogs, might by predatory to cats, and he doesn’t react well to strangers. Early socialization is essential for this breed to avoid aggressive and territorial behaviors.
Moreover, the Shar-Pei has a stubborn streak and a mind of its own, but once you’ve earned his love and respect, you’ll have a loyal companion protecting your home for life. And a quiet one, too because the Shar-Pei usually barks during playtime or when it senses danger.
Mini Walrus Temperament
As you can see, despite the way they look, these two dog breeds have similar traits. But what happens when we mix them?
Just like the Basset Hound, the Ba-Shar is affectionate, loyal, good with kids, intelligent and goofy from time to time. It’s also stubborn and difficult to train just like the Basset and the Shar-Pei. That’s why it’s not recommended for first-time owners.
The Ba-Shar loves to hang around you, cuddle with you and be part of your life. He doesn’t like it when you leave him alone for long periods of time. And he will start to howl when he is unhappy and destroy things. But he will rarely bark and disturb your sleep.
These dogs are active animals, and they require a moderate amount of exercise. But as much as your mini Walrus loves walking around the neighborhood, he also enjoys lazing around the house.
Similar to the Shar-Pei, early socialization and proper training are required to avoid potential aggressive behavior. The Walrus might not get along with other dogs, and he might also be aloof with strangers and new things.
If you have a cat, owning a Ba-Shar dog could be a challenge. These dogs love to chase small, furry animals like rabbits, and squirrels. If the dog hasn’t been properly socialized, he might try to chase or attack the cat. So you’ll need to be firm and keep him under control.
So the mini Walrus is your dog if you want a loyal companion and protector, one who has a unique character and sweet disposition. Just remember that this is one stubborn fellow and you have to commit to training him.
So what do you think about this mini walrus dog? Do you own such a dog? What do you think about his temperament? Share your story in the comments.